Locally grown food is one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture. Consumer demand in the U.S. is expected to rise from $4 billion in 2002 to $7 billion by 2012. But today, many mid-size family farms are disappearing. The USDA's new Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative focuses on cultivating new opportunities for these farms to help keep those families on the land and make sure the next generation of producers can find a career in agriculture. The Initiative is creating opportunities for producers, creating economic opportunities in rural communities, and strengthening the connection between farmers and consumers.
Connecticut's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Fact Sheets