Farmers Markets: Urban/Rural Connections
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. EDT
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In this session, architects will learn about the growing trend of farmers markets and their benefits for public health, local economies, developing public spaces, and how they can contribute to this growth. Farmers and public markets are highly specialized uses, as well as challenging business ventures and vital public undertakings. Historically, farmers markets were the traditional method for food delivery to city centers, but big-box retailers and national grocery corporations have commercialized and standardized food supply chains from the field to the plate. Farmers markets are again becoming integral parts of urban/rural linkages, and continued to rise in popularity, mostly due to the growing “Locally Grown Food Movement”. The reintroduction of the farmers markets in the cities has reenergized public spaces and neighborhoods and has provided economic development opportunities for small size farm operations. Learn how the USDA supports this movement of direct marketing. Presented by Fidel R. Delgado, AIA, United States Department of Agriculture.