Hillsborough County Extension Services has announced a community initiative to educate and engage residents on their local food system — on the production, distribution, marketing, access and consumption of food.
The “Homegrown Hillsborough” program will focus on community nutrition, food entrepreneurship and agricultural production designed to strengthen the relationship that county residents have with their food, according to a news release.
To help develop the initiative, residents are asked to complete a survey to help the county create food system programs and projects relevant to the interests and values of residents.
The goal of the survey is to discover what aspects of the food system Hillsborough County residents are interested in learning more about. It will gather information on these topics;
- Interest in buying locally grown food
- Interest in growing your own food
- Knowledge of food insecurity in Hillsborough County
- Accessibility to foods that promote a healthy lifestyle
- Maintaining a robust agricultural economy
- Preserving local farming
Residents living in urban, suburban and rural areas in Hillsborough can participate in the survey, which will be available through the end of the year.
Visit sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/hillsborough/homegrownhillsborough/ to access the survey online.
Published July 12, 2023