Local Foodshed Mapping

Ever wondered where the fresh summer vegetables on your plate were grown? Who grew it? How it reached your plate? The answers to these questions can be found via  “foodshed” mapping that depicts the movement of foodstuffs in their journey from producer to consumer...

The lessons of sustainability make us all more aware of where our food comes from, how it is grown, and how far it travels. Local agriculture endeavors here in the Northern Sacramento Valley offer a myriad of food choices. For those who want fresh food that is locally grown, a helpful tool is now available online, created by CSU Chico faculty and staff in partnership with a local land trust.

Under funding received this summer from the National Science Foundation, the Geography and Planning Department partnered with the Northern California Regional Land Trust to build a custom online map showing the location of Buy Fresh Buy Local North Valley members, extending the printed newsletter “Eater’s Guide to Local Foods” which is available throughout the year at member businesses. The interactive webmap aids direct marketing efforts and helps the community find local farmers and producers. View this online map at http://geochico.csuchico.edu/bfblnv.  This webmap and many more are now hosted by the Geochico Online mapping consortium at http://geochicoonline.maps.arcgis.com.

The foodshed map was developed by Cathie Benjamin, IST for the department, with assistance from Curtis Page, geography student. The NSF Academic Technologies in Education grant supported collaboration between Shasta College (Dan Scollon, PI) and CSU Chico (Jacque Chase and LaDona Knigge, co-PI’s) to promote geospatial education.

Local products shown by the foodshed map include seasonal vegetables and fruits, local wine, olive oil, grass-fed beef, goat cheese, and pastured chickens. Many members sell right from their farms and at local markets. Explore their offerings, and enjoy the wealth of the seasons in our Northern California valley!