DUNKIRK – A new map to help those access healthy food options in Chautauqua County is now online.
The County Food Policy Council announced the launch of the new interactive ‘Food System Map’ last week.
In March of 2015, the County was selected as one of eight communities to participate in the Growing Food Connections Communities of Opportunities program.
This initiative identified both opportunities and challenges within the County’s food system. From there, the University at Buffalo’s Food System Planning and Healthy Communities Lab published the “Cultivating Prosperity in Chautauqua County: Leveraging the Food System as a Catalyst for Economic Development” report, outlining a number of recommendations to improve the County’s food system. One of those recommendations led to the formation of a county food policy council.
The food system incorporates all of the steps that food takes – from growing in a field, to your dinner table, and beyond. The system also includes all processes involved in keeping us fed: growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, aggregating, transporting, marketing, consuming and disposing of food.
The new ‘Food System Map’ lists area farms, retail markets, grocery stores, whole sale venues, farmers markets, wineries and more, providing an easily accessed space for community members to find what they may be looking for.
The navigation panel provides the opportunity to narrow searches by the specific food sector, such as food assistance organizations or locations for direct sales of locally grown or produced goods.
Agricultural producers, business owners and other individuals and groups that feel they contribute to the county’s food system can apply to be added to the Food System Map by visiting: PlanningChautauqua.com/planning/food-policy-council/ccfpc-asset-map/.