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Explore Local is a trusted partner in a vibrant local market system

Local Food System Model

Explore Local has developed a model of a local food system. The graphic shows how food moves through the various supply chains from producer to consumer with varying levels of complexity across all the chains. This model supports Explore Local's vision.


We facilitate the sustainable growth of a local market system. We assist Alberta producers and processors to build skills to enhance their business efficiency, profitability , investment attraction and market channel access to meet local demand.

Target Audience

Alberta producers and those who provide benefits to the producer in a local market system.

Our primary clients are existing producers and processors who are already selling in the local market system and those who are new to or thinking about local market channels. These could include:

· Those with a farm background and a new venture in mind
· Those with no farm/rural background
· Those retired and beginning a second career in the local market industry
· Newcomers to Canada
Local Food System Strategic Direction

The proposed strategic direction needed for a vibrant local food system are based on two years of environmental scan research and internal and external stakeholder needs assessment interviews and regional consultations.This is a long range framework to guide Alberta Agriculture & Forestry, Explore Local and needed partners to jointly solve the numerous challenges and capitalize on the market opportunities.

For more information about the content of this document, contact Eileen Kotowich.
This document is maintained by Abby Verstraete.
This information published to the web on May 5, 2011.
Last Reviewed/Revised on October 7, 2016.