Many would agree that whenever they hear the phrase, “local food system” they think of the local farmer; and the vegetables they may sell at the farmers’ market. If you asked a farmer what the definition of the local food system is, he or she would tell you that they are not the only players in the chain of activities your food passes through from field to fork. The local food system also includes butchers, millers, truck drivers, local grocers, and the community that supports them in all their efforts (Larsen). The food system is a diverse and complex system that everyone of us participates in. As a eater do you consider every other piece of the food system: the farmer in the production sector, the person who slaughters the pig for your ham sandwich or the garbage collector who collects your trash each week? Our food system is deeply integrated into our daily lives and the activities of the communities where we live.
In 2007, the Linn-Johnson Local Food Task Force began researching and identified the issues in the local food system. From June 2009 - March 2010 Jason Grimm the Food System Planner at the Iowa Valley RC&D helped coordinate the Task Force and they came up with 6 goals and 36 objectives for their strategic food system plan.