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Community members develop local food production map

Contact: Melissa Kirr at melissak@walkingmountains.org or Katie Haas at katie.haas@eaglecounty.us  

Increased access to healthy food and the local food suppliers who produce it, are now at the fingertips of Eagle County residents.  A new web-based map identifies 300 food producers within a 100 mile radius of the town of Eagle, the county seat.  The map can be accessed via the Walking Mountains Science Center website at:  http://www.walkingmountains.org/sustainable-food-map.

The food producer map was developed by members of the Healthy Communities Coalition, which is a group of community members and leaders dedicated to implementing evidence-based strategies to increase opportunities for healthy eating and active living for all Eagle County residents. The food producer map was conceptualized as an informational tool for consumers, farmers, chefs, restaurateurs, policy makers and planners. Meighen Lovelace, a Healthy Communities Coalition member and Food Policy Council leader adds: “when a community is able to easily identify its local food resources, it enables businesses, families, and individuals to make more sustainable food choices.  Access to fresh food builds health and wellness while creating community and supporting the local economy.”

The development of the map was an extensive process by a Healthy Communities Coalition work group, comprised of community members representing a variety of sectors. Work group members researched food producers based on specified food types (i.e. dairy, meat, fruits, vegetables, herbs, etc).  The producers were contacted before being added to the map. In the final stage of the project, the Eagle County GIS Department supplied the finishing touches to create the functional web-based map. By clicking on the icon of the food producer, the viewer can access the information to contact the producer directly to confirm products and services.

“The map is a great informational resource for community members.  In addition, the map also serves as a tool to provide context for conversations around improving local food distribution and increasing healthy food access,” says Katie Haas, Healthy Communities Coordinator for Eagle County Public Health.