In this article we seek to identify how diverse community and economic development tools in the Extension portfolio might be adapted to the assessment of local food and farming developments. We report on an assessment of the economic development opportunities and impacts of local food system development in Knox County, Ohio. The data and analysis are drawn from several different sources, including demographic census data and retail and economic activity data. The assessment findings and the process of coordinating the assessment effort reveal some of the opportunities and challenges of Extension effectively supporting community development related to local food systems.
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Sharp, J. S., Clark, J. K., Davis, G. A., & Smith, M. B. (2011). Adapting Community and Economic Development Tools to the Study of Local Foods: The Case of Knox County, Ohio. The Journal of Extension, 49(2), Article 4. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol49/iss2/4