Florida Needs to Learn a Few Things About Local Food Systems, California Can Help

Jay McCobb, a.k.a. "Farmer Jay," is a Delray-based sustainable farmer who will be contributing columns about local food, his pig Pearl, and whatever strikes his fancy. Find more of Jay -- and get your hands on some of his delicious eats -- by visiting myfarmerjay.com.

Florida is in the top ten for largest agricultural production in the United States. Being a farmer native to Florida, you would think I would know what a local food system looks like, but come to find out, I didn't. After spending a summer in Sonoma, California, I got to see what a real local food system looks and tastes like. The main reason why I work so hard as a farmer here in Florida is to help create what I experienced.

This is what I saw in Cali:

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