Courses developed for the Local Food System Economies (LFSE) program aim to increase awareness of how local food businesses can grow by using online marketing strategies to connect with more consumers. Also, some courses provide an overview of the LFSE in Mississippi. 

Courses available include:

  • A Roadmap to Online Marketing Success for Local Food Businesses (1 hour)
  • Building a Local Food Business Brand Using Social Media and Websites (2 hours)

  • The Economics of Local Food System Economies in Mississippi (4 hours)

  • Facebook Marketing for Local Food Businesses (2 hours)

  • Instagram Marketing for Local Food Businesses (1 hour)

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Filed Under: Local Food System Economies, Small Business, Food, Food Safety November 27, 2019

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Experts from the Mississippi State University Extension Service will offer a workshop designed to help food-related business owners prepare for disasters.

“Food as a Business: Disaster Preparedness for Food Businesses” is for anyone who currently operates or is interested in operating an agriculture-based food business, including retail, cottage food or food processing operations.

Topics include financial preparedness, risk management, record keeping, crisis communication planning, emergency-action planning and food recall and traceability planning.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Local Flavor, Local Food System Economies October 5, 2018

Mississippi producers can learn how to serve the farm-to-school market at an Alliance of Sustainable Farms event Oct 19.

Shoppers can be seen browsing in the background of a farmers market sign.
Filed Under: Local Food System Economies, Farmers Markets, Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program TCALP April 26, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The value and healthfulness of farm-fresh foods will be on display May 22 for a group of 15 adults who attend a Mississippi State University Extension Service daylong tour.

Filed Under: Specialty Crop Production, Local Food System Economies, Herb Gardens, Vegetable Gardens January 11, 2018

CARRIERE, Miss. -- The Small Farm Training Center will host the Alliance of Sustainable Farms field day on Jan. 19 in Hancock County.

Farm operators Terry and Elicia Sheldon, along with student apprentices who live and work at the center, will show attendees their techniques for growing organic produce.


Monday, February 5, 2018 - 7:00am

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Portrait of Dr. James Newton Barnes
Associate Extension Professor