Why Is a Regional Food System Important?
- Local control over the food system, production methods, and who grows it leads to higher-quality food. It’s good to know who grows your food!
- Regional supply results in more diverse products, greater volume, and longer growing seasons (compared to hyper-local only).
- Regionally appropriate growing systems, like our EcoCertified Fruit Program, vs. global standards are better for the planet.
- 90% of the food consumed in the Northeast comes from outside the region despite our robust regional supply.
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Red Tomato works with small and mid-sized farms in nine Northeastern states. Mid-sized producers farm 3.8 million acres of land in the Northeast (that's equal to the state of Connecticut - and then some!).
Mid-Sized Farm: Total sales between $250,000 and $999,999 per year.
In the Northeast, 4% of farmers are classified as 'mid-sized', yet they farm 20% of all farmland and are responsible for 28% of the agricultural market.
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We envision farmers earning a meaningful living, transitioning their farms to the next generation, supporting sustainable production, creating fair and dignified jobs (and Red Tomato doing the same), and growing righteous food for all!