University of Minnesota
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Regional Partnership for Sustainable Development

Foodshed Planning

Southeast Foodshed Planning Initiative -The SEFPI is a means to engage the research and outreach capabilities of our land-grant institution to respond to issues articulated by citizens in an effort to build a vibrant regional food infrastructure. Broad-based research is one way to start connecting the dots of 10+ years of small, local projects that have not yet significantly shifted our overall food environment.

Western Lake Superior Region Foodshed Research - This research described the agricultural landscape of a fifteen county area in Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin, including its capacity to provide food for the regional population. The research explored geographic information system (GIS), in-depth ethnographic interviews with farmers, the creation of a "regional pattern" diet and the capacity to produce it in comparison to the Standard American Diet (SAD), and finally, an economic analysis to describe the impact a local food system can have on the sustainability of the Western Lake Superior Region.

Red River Valley Foodshed - the Western Superior method (above) was also applied to the Red River Valley. 

Foodshed Calculator - The Minnesota foodshed calculator has been created to estimate demand and needed supply for a range of products that are commonly marketed directly to the consumer in Minnesota: fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, common dairy products, eggs, and unprocessed meats. The calculator outputs are only general estimates that describe the market for local farm products and food generally. This tool will help direct marketers and farm enterprises identify local market opportunities.