What is Local Agriculture?

By: Nicole Curristan

Local agriculture is typically defined as food that is produced within the same county as the consumer, or in the case of a larger state like California, within a 100-mile radius. While local food can be produced both on a small and industrial scale, I am going to be focusing primarily on the benefits of non-industrial scale farms on this site. Such smaller-scale farms typically use fewer pesticides, grow a greater variety of crops, and sell directly to the consumer through venues such as CSA boxes or farmers’ markets.