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

2017 SD Local Foods Conference Registration Now Open!

7th Annual SD Local Foods Conference Join us for the 7th Annual SD Local Foods Conference November 2nd - 4th in Spearfish at the Holiday…

October is farm to school month!

Celebrate National Farm to School Month in October! October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country…

DRA Receives Grant From Newman’s Own Foundation

Part of Effort to Improve Access to Fresh Food and Nutrition Education in Underserved Communities Dakota Rural Action (DRA) has been awarded a $25,000 grant…