401 East Louther St., Ste 307 | Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 717-241-4361 | Fax: 717-240-0548
Email: webnotification@capitalrcd.org

Local Foods Initiative


For Producers

2016 Marketing Webinar Series

Marketing & Branding for Small Farm Businesses

Webinar Recording

Supplemental materials:

Marketing Plan Template

Touchpoints Worksheet

Branding Top Ten


Small Farm Business Marketing: Measuring your Return-on-Investment (ROI) 

Webinar Recording

Supplemental materials:

ROI Input Worksheet

ROI Spreadsheet (download for best viewing and for personal use)


Small Farm Opportunities in Small Grains: Opportunities and Challenges of Small Grain Production, Processing, and Marketing

Webinar Recording



For Consumers


Local Food Guide


Our goal is to encourage the consumption of locally produced agricultural products by helping consumers identify te manyoptions available to buy local food and support our local farm economy. A consumer's guide for farmer's markets and stands in South Central PA can be found on our website.

Why Buy Locally Grown Food? Did you know that when you buy locally grown food you are helping to protect the environment? Each fresh and delicious apple or tomato you buy at a local farm stand or from a producer at a farmers' market helps to protect the environment in a number of ways. It can save thousands of miles of transportation. Most food available in the average grocery store is extremely resource intensive, traveling an average of 1500-2500 miles from field to plate. Reducing the "food miles" reduces carbon emissions from shipping as well as packaging. Spending your food dollar on locally produced food also helps to make farming more profitable, reducing the incentive for a farmer to sell farmland for development. This provides us all with more open space for water recharge and helps conserve the region's visual beauty. We in the South Central PA region are fortunate to have many nearby farms that retail to consumers and farmer's markets open most days during the season. It couldn't be easier to buy local!






Download the Capital RC&D South Central PA Local Food Guide (PDF)

Capital RC&D South Central PA Local Food Guide on Issuu.com


York County Buy Fresh, Buy Local

Lancaster County Buy Fresh, Buy Local

Cumberland Valley Local Food, Farms, and Outdoor Attractions 

Adams County Local Food Resource Guide


If you would like the Capital RC&D to consider a community project,
please fill out the attached form and send it to the RC&D office for consideration.

Project Proposal Form

Project FAQ