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Why Buy Local?
Farm and Food Facts for
Virginia's Northern Piedmont

90% of the food consumed in the region's food system is produced outside of it, totaling $7 billion/year in loss of potential revenue to local communities

70% of the region’s farmers reported a financial loss during the last agricultural census in 2012.

If each resident purchased $5 of food from the region’s farmers each week, it would generate $793 million of new income for our farmers.

Buying locally-grown foods and beverages helps our region’s farmers keep farming, supports the local economy, and maintains the region’s rural character.

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