Data Collection

The following websites, databases, and online tools have been especially useful to the 2013 Practical Visionaries Field Project maps and deliverables. Data collected were processed by the Field Project Team and were included in the Food Economy Maps in both ArcGIS and Google Fusion products. The extent of data available has also highlighted the gaps in local food economy data collection – the community mapping process outlined in Workshop 2: New Information will support a more localized data collection process based on the information collected by the 2013 Field Project Team.


National Agricultural Statistics Survey (NASS)
United States Census Bureau
Reference USA
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Census of Agriculture
Journal of Extension – Estimating Capacity for Local Foods
Bureau of Labor Statistics
USDA Economic Research Service (ERS)
AgDevOnline: Food & Farming-Based Community Development Tools
Cornell University, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
Tufts University, GIS@Tufts