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LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS

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Supporting local food systems enhances the social relationships between farmers and consumers; supports small and family farmers; keeps local agricultural economies viable; maintains genetic diversity of food crops; and preserves natural resources, rural land, and wildlife spaces. An important objective of UF/IFAS Extension Orange County is to increase food security and community development by supporting a culture that celebrates our local food system.

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Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture can provide healthy, local food that contributes to food security and helps to maintain additional green space. Today up to 15% of our food originates from within metropolitan areas. The contribution of urban agriculture is crucial to food security and healthy nutrition as more people live in cities than ever before.

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Backyard Honey Beekeeping

Educational workshops, presentations, mentorship and outreach resources are offered for hobbyist in the areas of keeping backyard honey bees in Orange County, Florida. These programs provide research-based information to the public that emphasizes proper management of honey bees and wild bees in Florida.

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Backyard Poultry

Urban populations are becoming more aware of where and how their food is made. Due to this desire to become reacquainted with food production, backyard chickens is a growing trend within our metropolitan areas. Having chickens in their backyard is an excellent way for people to experience how their food is derived and a great opportunity to discover a walk of life they are less familiar with.