State: New Hampshire
Client(s): National Network of Public Health Institutes
Service: Applied Research & Evaluation
Technical Expertise: Environmental Health, Healthy Communities
A strong, sustainable, and accessible local food system contributes to the physical, environmental, and economic health of a community. However, there are many barriers to achieving an ideal local food system, including the issue of accessibility of local foods to the consumer. In New Hampshire, 12% of farm food products are marketed directly from the producer to the consumer compared with a national average of 0.5% (USDA 2007 Census of Agriculture), indicating a uniquely strong relationship between farmers and the consumers of their products.
JSI conducted an analysis of barriers to these local food producer-consumer connections, as well as innovative strategies and practices that foster connections between consumers and producers of local foods in New Hampshire. JSI’s process included key informant interviews, focus groups, and surveys of key stakeholders. As a result of this analysis, JSI developed a white paper titled: 'The Intersection of Producers and Consumers within New Hampshire's Food System'.
The Healthy Farms, Healthy People Policy Research and Analysis Project was funded by the Healthy Farms, Healthy People Coalition through a CDC cooperative agreement administered by the National Network of Public Health Institutes and technical assistance from ChangeLab Solutions. JSI’s New Hampshire office is New Hampshire’s Public Health Institute and a member of the National Network of Public Health Institutes.