Patty Cantrell
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Patty Cantrell researches, writes, and speaks nationally about local food as community economic development. She offers strategic communications and project consulting through her business Regional Food Solutions LLC. After many years leading regional food initiatives in Michigan, Cantrell returned in 2013 to her home territory in the Missouri Ozarks. Her current writing includes Good Food Economy Digest blogs for the Wallace Center at Winrock International, home of the National Good Food Network. Other recent work includes Food Innovation Districts: An Economic Gardening Tool, which won a 2013 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations, and Food Hubs: Solving Local, a wholesale marketing report for the Wallace Center. In 2012 she brought her food system insights and expertise to the TEDx Manhattan stage.

Fishing Communities Find Economic Power Doing Business Together

New links in seafood supply chains build economic opportunity in southwestern Oregon.

Closer Look at Rural Gives Sacramento New Economic Direction

Sacramento\’92s local food strategy grows non-farm jobs.

Louisville, KY: Betting Jobs on Rural-Urban Food Connections

Louisville, Kentucky, gets local food flowing with rural outreach.

Local Food Fuels Rural Main Street Mojo

Small Kentucky downtown wakes up with economic stimulus from local food.

Juicing Up the Economy with Food Makers and Movers

San Francisco strategy for new food wholesalers and distributors not just a West Coast thing.

Oregon Uses Schools to Move the Needle on Regional Food

Oregon’s farm to school incentive powers regional food economies.

Iowa: Rural Town Aims to be “The Place” for Local Food Firms

Chamber of Commerce leader pins economic development prospects on local food.

Produce Incentives Expand from Farmers’ Markets to Grocery Stores

Grocers feel the double-up power of local produce and low-income shoppers.

New Financial Data Helps the Local Food Sector Grow

Data dive explores financials at wholesale end of local food sector.

Rural Town Revamps Economy with Food Jobs: The Viroqua Story

Wisconsin town transforms abandoned industrial building with local food entrepreneurs.