The Maryland Food System Mapping Resource
New Interactive Website: www.mdfoodsystemmap.org
The Center for a Livable Future (CLF) has been developing a food system mapping tool and database to examine the current landscape of Maryland’s food system from farm to plate, and to inform activities aimed at strengthening that system. It includes farms producing food, processors, distributors, retail food outlets and institutions like schools and hospitals.
More detailed information is presented for the Baltimore City region to examine availability of and access to healthy foods. This project provides information that will help people better understand their local food system and how it works; and inform local NGO and government agency research and program activities that are working to improve the local food system for consumers and producers, including creating markets for local farmers.
The food system map is multidimensional, utilizing GIS technology that enables layered displays of graphically linked data, and integrating a variety of database resources. New data sets are continually added to the database, and will be added to the website in a phased approach. You will find datasets and PDF maps on the website, in addition to the interactive map. If you would like to be added to our “Mapping Project Contact List” for updates, please email Amanda Behrens.
Latest Project Description Update: Exploring Maryland’s Agriculture and Food Availability Landscape