Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Historical Food System Data: The Mohawk Valley Food Action Network

The work of the Mohawk Valley Food Action Network (MVFAN) is based on the premise that the food system - farmers, processors, distributors, retailers, restaurants, emergency food programs, consumers, as well as the businesses and agencies that support them - comprises a network that has uniquely important and interrelated impacts on the health of our environment, our economy, and individuals. 

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County received a two-year $100,000 USDA Hunger Free Communities grant which ran from March 2011 through March 2013. This grant supported a broad assessment of the local food system, as well as the formation of a local Food Policy Advisory Council.   The results of that food system assessment are summarized in the final grant report from MVFAN.

Among the interesting data provided in the assessment is historical local farm production data going back to 1969. This link gets you to their production graphics and data section of the report, which is filled with breakdowns by various years and by several counties (including Herkimer and Oneida) in central New York. Here's just a couple samples of the types of things you can find there!