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From the Ground Up

Land use policies to protect and promote farmers' markets

Model Legal Document
Food & Beverages

Local governments can promote access to fresh produce, support local farmers, create community gathering places, and revitalize neighborhoods by supporting farmers’ markets.

ChangeLab Solutions developed this guide to provide an overview of farmers’ market policy issues and community-tested best practices. It also features a set of complementary model land use policies for comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances.

We wrote this guide for local government staff (planners, public health departments, etc.), elected officials, farmers’ market managers, food policy councils, and other stakeholders, to provide practical guidance and tools that communities can customize to create more farmers’ market opportunities and to ensure their long-term viability.