National Good Food Network

The National Good Food Network (NGFN) includes a network of stakeholders from across the country that are working across the food system to meet the growing demand for healthy, green, fair, affordable food. The NGFN's database includes reports, webinars, case studies, business models, and research dealing with issues related to ‘scaling up’ local food. The website also provides contact information to connect people with regional partners working in the field.

http://www.ngfn.org/resources/ngfn-database

USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS)

AMS provides many resources related to food access, including farmer markets and local foods, agriculture community supported agriculture, supply chains and marketing. The new AMS Food Desert webpage from the Departments of Agriculture, Treasury, and Health and Human Services, regarding how food deserts are identified, grant opportunities, success stories, FAQs and a summary of the USDA’s initiative, and food desert census track data. Resources for grants are listed on the site and include opportunities in 19 programs within the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Agriculture.

http://apps.ams.usda.gov/fooddeserts/

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Leopold Center is interested in research and programs that can make agriculture more profitable and keep small and mid-sized farmers on their land. The Leopold Center's Research and Programs webpage includes resources on current available competitive grants; policy, marketing and food systems, ecology initiatives and other projects that the Center is working on.

http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/research/research_programs.htm

Compare the Structure, Size and Performance of Local and Mainstream Food Supply Chains

This USDA Economic Research Service report from June 2010 uses case studies to compare the structure, size, and performance of local food supply chains to mainstream food supply chains.

http://hortmgt.gomez.dyson.cornell.edu/PDF/Current%20Project/Local%20Food/King%20et%20al_USDA_ERS.pdf

Journal of Food Distribution Research - March 2011

The March 2011 edition of the Journal of Food Distribution Research, published by the Food Distribution Society, includes articles on farm-direct marketing and food sales, consumer perceptions of agriculture products, case studies and risk management training for small farmers.

http://fdrs.tamu.edu/FDRS/JFDR_Online/Entries/2011/3/15_Entry_1_files/JFDR_2011_42_1.pdf