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Land Use Policies to Protect and Promote Farmers' Markets


Local governments can promote access to fresh produce, support local farmers, create community gathering places, and revitalize neighborhoods by supporting farmers’ markets.

This guide provides an overview of farmers’ market policy issues and community tested best practices. It also features a set of complementary model land use policies for comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances. This guide is for local government staff (planners, public health departments, etc.), elected officials, farmers’ market managers, food policy councils, and other stakeholders, on practical guidance and tools that communities can customize to create more farmers’ market opportunities and to ensure their long-term viability.

Primary Toolkit:

Healthy Community Design Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Farmers' Markets, Health Policy, Land Use, Planning, Policies


Institutional Author:

ChangeLab Solutions




The NACCHO Toolbox is a repository of available resources to help local public health practitioners. Tools are produced by local, state, and federal agencies, as well as academic institutions and other stakeholders. The contents of this Toolbox are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect any official recommendations of NACCHO. NACCHO makes no express or implied warranty with respect to the contents and disclaims liability for any damages arising from or connected to the use of the material in this Toolbox.