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2016 Midlands Farm and Food Guide Connects Midlands with Local Food Options

Over the past two years, the Midlands Food Alliance and Sustainable Midlands have worked to connect Midlands residents with local foods in the region. The Midlands Food Alliance’s first large projects were the 2016 Midlands Farm Tour held in May and the creation of the 2015 and 2016 Midlands Local Farm and Food Guides. In order to understand a food system, you must first understand what’s being produced in your region, and the Midlands food guide serves as the face of the Midlands food system.

Modeled after the Pee Dee Food and Farm Guide and the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture’s Local Food Guide, the 2016 Midlands Local Food and Farm Guide is 24 pages and is the second edition of the guide. The guide was created to help people get to know area farmers, find area farmers markets, and learn what restaurants and retails carry SC-farmed foods. The guide will also work to help chefs, retailers, markets, and farmers connect and collaborate.

Released at the Tasty Tomato Festival, the guide was published in conjunction with the Midlands Food Alliance’s Local Food Pledge campaign. The Local Food Pledge campaign asks Midlands residents to commit to trying to spend $10 a week on foods grown or raised in South Carolina and support their municipal and county leadership in prioritizing food systems planning. Ideal examples of food systems planning can be found HERE.

The 2016 Midlands Local Food and Farm Guide is free. Guides can be picked up at Clemson Extension offices in Midlands counties and will be distributed at area farmers markets. If you would like to pick up guides for yourself, friends, or for distribution at your organization or local food business, please contact midlandsfoodalliance@gmail.com to coordinate a pick-up or delivery time. Those unable to pick up a hard copy can access the guide online HERE. Rosewood Market and Deli, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture, AgSouth & Arbor One Farm Credit , and Whole Foods Market are the guide’s major sponsors. The guide was designed by The Half and Half.

About the Midlands Food Alliance:

The Midlands Food Alliance’s (MFA) mission is to advocate and educate for a sustainable and equitable, localized food system in the Midlands of South Carolina To learn more about MFA’s work, email midlandsfoodalliance@gmail.com, or attend their next potluck on August 9th from 5-7pm at the Green Quad at the University of South Carolina. The potluck is free, and guests are to bring one dish to share with serving spoon. The Columbia chapter of Slow Food will be joining, and Christina Spach with the Food Chain Workers Alliance will speak on the topic of farm labor.  RSVP to: midlandsfoodalliance@gmail.com.

Potluck Directions: The Green Quad Learning Center is a one-story building in the middle of the Green Quad. The Quad is located south of Wheat St, between Main and Sumter in Downtown Columbia. There is a walkway through the middle of the Quad running between Main and Sumter, and the entrance to the Learning Center is off the walkway among four palmetto trees. Parking is most easily available on the street, at the Horizon Garage or on the top level of the Sumter Street Parking Garage (as you drive down the hill on Sumter, from Blossom toward Wheat, take the first driveway on your right).

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