Eat local movement boon for Delaware agriculture
DOVER, Del. – Six years ago Delaware began the buy and eat local movement, and ever since opportunities for the agriculture industry have abounded.
Agriculture is one of the largest industries in the state, adding billions to the state’s GDP each year. More than 508,652 acres, approximately 41 percent of the entire state, is devoted to farmland and is comprised of more than 2,400 local farms.
Since the eat local movement started, numerous programs have been founded to encourage local agriculture, including Delaware’s inaugural Local Produce Week at Fifer Orchards, made possible by Gov. Jack Markell’s recent resolution, Communities Support Agriculture programs, which allow consumers to pick up a box of fresh produce on a weekly basis, and Delaware Rural Irrigation Program, a program that helps local farmers irrigate their fields.
To learn more about local produce and how to support it, visit dda.delaware.gov.
Source: Delaware State News