Why Local?

Local foods are good for our health, our climate, and our community.
Local foods:
– build community and local economies.
– support local family Farms.
– preserve genetic diversity.
– protect our regional food security.
– taste better and is fresher.
– support a clean environment and benefits wildlife.


Our goal is to support working family farms and ranches throughout the state and the restaurants and markets that sell their products, bolstering our local economies and improving South Dakota’s access to local food. We hope to raise awareness of the vast potential in our local and regional food systems and will keep more of our food dollars within our state. Moreover, we hope to provide the opportunity for people with different perspectives to connect, build bridges, and discover common ground through shared love for the Sioux Empire and a desire to support our local family farms and ranches. We aim to reach and connect urban and rural communities, local business owners, and new and long-standing producers across the state, creating strong and long-term relationships.

News from Local Food

Farm Beginnings Applications Are Open!

2018-2019 Farm Beginnings class in Mitchell!   Farm Beginnings is a farmer and rancher-led training and support program offered by Dakota Rural Action that provides…

SD Local Foods Conference Registration Now Open

The 2018 South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC) is scheduled for Nov. 2-3 at the Swiftel Center in Brookings, SD. In addition, Thursday, Nov. 1…

Hungry For *Real* Truth About Local Foods?

A recent Facebook post from Hungry For Truth (the media wing of the SD Soybean Producers) was meant to make consumers believe food choices are…