Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass


Dear Friends,

If you have not yet looked at USDA’s new COMPASS ( I encourage you to take a few minutes now to explore it and learn about the innovative projects the U.S. Department of Agriculture is supporting to improve the food system in your community.

USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative has helped galvanize the energy and interest about local and regional food systems and is kick-starting projects all over the country that have potential to help shape our food system into one that is more economically viable for small and mid-size farmers and more ecologically sound for us all. For many of us who have watched and worked with USDA over many years, this is one of the most promising initiatives I have seen. And the projects in operation around the country are really fantastic!

The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative is something the USDA is doing right — using our government dollars to seed businesses and programs that create jobs, new entrepreneurial opportunities and ensure healthy, affordable food  to all citizens.  I encourage you to check out what’s happening in your state or district and let your elected officials know that you like it.

We usually contact Congress to tell them about things we don’t like.  Let’s take advantage of this opportunity to tell them that we think USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food is doing a good job.

Thanks for your continuing support and interest,

Oran Hesterman
If you have questions or want more information, contact us:
(734) 213-3999 or


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