Bastrop County Local Food Action Plan

The Bastrop County Local Food Action Plan (BC-LFAP) has been developed during 2023 and 2024 by the Bastrop County Local Food Action Partnership, a project initiated by the Texas Center for Local Food with our community partners. The overarching goal of this project is to strengthen the capacity and resilience of our local food system in Bastrop County.

Project Partners and Collaborators

Texas Center for Local Food – Sue Beckwith, Rebecca Jamar, Austin Moline
Bastrop County Cares – Norma Mercado, Catherine Pressler
Bastrop Emergency Food Pantry – Tresha Silva
City of Smithville – Jill Strube
Farmshare Austin – Michelle Akindiya
Foodshed Investors – Jarred Maxwell
Green Gate Farms – Skip Connett
Iowa State University – Courtney Long, Megan Kemp

Bastrop County local food action plan, April 2024

Values

The foundation of this project is on a shared set of values that provide stable ground for moving forward:

Equitable – We value a food system that is racially and socially equitable and that cherishes the knowledge, skills, and lived experience of all people.

Healthy – We value the health of all people. Food that is nourishing, available, and accessible is critical to the well-being of individuals and families.

Connectedness – We value relationships built on trust as essential for working collaboratively and honoring community voices in our food system.

Thriving Economies – We value economies that support jobs with dignity, where the food supply chain prioritizes small and mid-size family farms, ranches, and food businesses.

Environmental Sustainability – We value a food system that preserves and strengthens ecological health in Texas for present and future generations.

Vision

Our vision is that regional food systems in Texas support prosperous family farms, healthy Texans, and vibrant rural economies

Goals

The goals of the project are to:

1) Ensure the economic viability of local farm and food businesses

2) Increase access to fresh, healthy produce, especially in underserved communities

3) Increase local consumption of locally grown healthy foods

4) Ensure the responsible use of farmland and the protection of environmental health

The Action Plan

The Action Plan provides an overview of the current state of the local food system in Bastrop County. It examines the challenges faced in the community, and provides opportunities for improving the local food system. Through extensive research, the experiences of the lead team, and listening to the community, the Action Plan identifies areas of concern for Bastrop County.

At the core of this Action Plan are projects addressing these issues. The Plan highlights bright spots – exciting projects that people across Bastrop County are already working on. We hope this plan is a road map for other communities to improve their local food systems. 

New and developing projects included in the Action Plan:

  • Prime Farmland and Underground Water Mapping
  • Bastrop County Seed Library
  • Consumer Outreach and Resource Project
  • Farmer-Led Incubator and Mentoring Cooperative
  • Meat Processor Development
  • Resilience – Farm Emergency Response
  • Farm-to-Kids Texas
  • Bastrop County Local Food Fair
  • Media Outreach Project 
  • Elgin Farmers’ Market – SNAP
  • Sharing Your Story About Local Food
  • Texas Local Food Directory
  • Bastrop County Gleaning
  • Rural Central Texas Kitchen Incubator

Get Involved

Growing the resilience and vitality of our local food system will remain an ongoing effort. We would value your voice, and any contribution you may be willing to make, towards accomplishing the goals described for our vision of the Bastrop County Food System. Everyone eats! Would you like to learn more? Please contact us.

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