The local farm component focuses on developing business relationships with family-owned local farms that are near our local purveyor communities. Our investment in creating new opportunities for these farmers is our way of recognizing the efforts being made by local producers to feed their communities. This collaboration gives us all a chance to share our pride for place and the production that happens in various regions within our country. Qualifying farms, those with approved audits and meeting Greener Fields Together criteria will become part of the growing movement focused on buy local/eat local.
The Greener Fields Together National Farm program intends to build and manage a supplier network of national farms dedicated to examining sustainability in their operations through the completion of verified case studies. These case studies cover practices such as integrated pest management and waste diversion strategies and everything in between. They will reveal the efforts being made toward more sustainable operations and will demonstrate the commitment growers are making toward ensuring a future for food.