Updated Fairfield Growing Food and Agriculture Plan is Released

Fairfield Growing book cover

Fairfield County has released an update of the Fairfield Growing local-food and agricultural economic development plan. Guided by a dozen farm and community leaders, the plan calls for investment in local processing and supply-chain infrastructure – which will create jobs, provide markets for locally produced farm products, and promote environmentally friendly agricultural practices. The 35-page report was produced for the county by Brian Williams of Local Nexus, with page-design donated by Crissy Devine of Web Chick.

A public release of the plan is scheduled on May 7 at the season-opening Lancaster Farmers Market, with a copy of the report and a swag bag given to the first 200 visitors. County Commissioner Jeff Fix, Lancaster Mayor David Scheffler, and others are among expected speakers at the event. With participation from many farmers, local government officials, and civic organizations such at the Chamber of Commerce and Visit Fairfield County, the plan seeks to make agriculture a prominent and visible part of the regional economy.