> Who ever said local markets are "tiny"? Why would any
> small(microfarmer/market gardener - 5 acres +/-) want to/have to
> resort to shipping out his produce more than 30 miles away (that might
> be considered a reasonable maximum distance for delivery of produce,in
> a 3-5/day/week schedule).
That seems pretty small to me. And, your 30 mile limit would only work
in proximity to a city.
> If you grew speciality crops that might be different.
I thought we were talking about organic produce. Isn't that a specialty
> The benefits to farmers and the communities they live near are
> tremendous with a local direct marketing system.
But don't you think that reciprocal benefits would occur as different
regions traded. You might be able to grow organic apricots just fine,
but in Iowa, that would be difficult.
> Small farms and family farms that are economically secure from local
> direct sales set a good example for local governments, encouraging
> them to design and implement farmland
> and open space preservation plans.
What would such a preservation plan consist of?
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