Local Foods

The Macomb Food Co-op's online market started operating in April 2014. The organization said it's taken in nearly $42,000 since then and returned more than $34,000 to local producers.

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The local food scene has exploded in recent years, which means there's a lot more local produce on dinner tables. It also means that during the spring season as small farms start ramping back up, they have to work a bit harder to attract new customers.


The Farm Bill was passed in February. But now, piece by piece, it’s taking effect. We’re beginning to see how parts of the farm bill are doing more to help farmers go small.

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Farms aren’t just for food any more.

Aquaponics Brings Produce and Fish Under One Roof

May 15, 2014
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Farmers all over the country are using hydroponic technology to grow produce indoors, year-round, in nutrient rich water. And fish farmers around the globe have figured out how to raise their catch in tanks. Now, some operations are combining the two, raising both produce and fish.

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Recognizing that the demand for local food is growing to between $5 and 7 billion a year, the USDA announced a new effort aimed at connecting farmers with urban shoppers.

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Harvest Public Media’s three-part series takes a look at the growing national popularity of local foods.

Instead of waiting until it can buy or rent a building to sell local foods, the Macomb Food Co-op has opened an online store.

An effort is underway to “reboot” the local foods movement in southeast Iowa.