We’ve collected a number of resources about food systems, including other projects here at the Center for a Livable Future. In addition, there are a growing number of organizations and projects also using GIS and other mapping technology to examine different aspects of the food system. Here are some examples of those other projects. If you know of resource you feel we should add to our list, please contact us.


Access to Healthy Foods
Center for a Livable Future Resources
Food Production
Food System Maps and Studies
GIS and Map-Making Resources
Maryland Food Policy Councils and Initiatives

Access to Healthy Foods

  • Baltimarket, a suite of community-based food access and food justice programs in Baltimore City, complete with a map of healthy food sites across the City.
  • Limited Supermarket Access Map, a study conducted by The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) created this tool for measuring food access. These areas are shown on TRF’s Policy Map.
  • Map the Meal Gap, an interactive map from Feeding America that displays hunger and food insecurity data for all states and counties in the U.S.
  • Maryland Hunger Solutions, an advocacy organization to fight hunger and improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of children and families in Maryland.
  • USDA Food Access Research Atlas, provides a spatial overview of food access indicators for low-income and other census tracts using different measures of supermarket accessibility.
  • USDA Food Environment Atlas, a collection of statistics in three broad categories: Food Choices, Health and Well-Being, and Community Characteristics.

Center for a Livable Future Resources

  • Aquaponics Project, an experimental and educational project that is testing the sustainability of aquaponics and increasing awareness of this food production system.
  • Baltimore Food and Faith Project, an interfaith program working to raise awareness about, and find solutions to, problems with the current food system in the greater Baltimore area.
  • Community Food Assessments, a tool that helps gather information on communities’ experiences of their local food environment.
  • Food Policy Networks, a project that supports the development of food policy at the state and local levels by working with existing councils, national organizations, and other interested groups.
    • Food Policy Networks Map, a map of the location of Food Policy Councils (FPCs) in the United States and Canada, and the locations of organizations that convene these councils at a regional level.
  • Food System Policy, a program aiming to advance federal, state and local policies that support a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system.
  • Livable Future Blog, where Center for a Livable Future staff, faculty, fellows, students, and partners sound off on key food system topics.
  • Teaching the Food System, a food system curriculum with eleven classroom-ready modules that spans issues in the food system from field to plate.

Food Production

  • Buy Fresh Buy Local Chesapeake, a website that helps consumers, sustainable farms, and businesses find each other and support efforts to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Buy Local Challenge, a personal commitment to support farms in Maryland by eating local for one week (July 18-25, 2015).
  • Factory Farm Map, created by Food and Water Watch, shows factory farms in the United States and can be filtered by density in addition to type (cattle, dairy, hogs, broilers, layers).
  • Farm Alliance of Baltimore City, a network of producers working to increase the viability of urban farming and improve access to urban grown foods.
  • Future Harvest: Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, a network of farmers, agricultural professionals, landowners and consumers in the Chesapeake region working to promote profitable, environmentally sound, and socially acceptable food and farming systems.
  • Maryland Farmers Market Association, connects people with Maryland farmers markets and provides resources and coordinated services to market managers, farmers and consumers.
  • Southern Maryland Agriculture Development Commission, committed to providing resources to farmers, educating consumers on local agriculture, enhancing the connections between farms and healthy communities, and preserving farmland.
  • University of Maryland Extension, a statewide, non-formal education system within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
    • Program areas include: 4H & Youth, Food & Nutrition, Health & Wellness, Home Gardening, Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources, Money, and Water & Chesapeake Bay
  • USDA Census of Agriculture, conducted every five years by the USDA, the Census provides a detailed picture of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them.

Food System Maps and Studies

  • Baltimore Green Map celebrates our region’s progress toward becoming a healthy, sustainable urban environment. Using the international Green Map System Icons, this project reflect Baltimore’s natural, cultural, and “green” daily living resources through print and interactive maps and education outreach activities.
  • Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance:
    • Vital Signs, interactive and downloadable indicators that “take the pulse” of Baltimore neighborhoods.
    • Water Map, an interactive map for community gardens and open spaces to monitor and coordinate activities around improving urban waters and community revitalization.
  • Buy Fresh, Buy Local Cape Cod, an example of a Buy Fresh Buy Local campaign with a user-friendly story map.
  • Eat Maine Foods, an interactive food map for Maine, to help consumers and food producers connect.
  • Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast, a collaborative research project seeking to determine whether greater reliance on regionally produced food could improve food access in low-income communities, while also benefiting farmers, food supply chain firms and others in the food system.
  • Food System Maps, a collection of regional maps from AgDevONLINE, a companion website to the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD).
  • Greater Philadelphia Food System Study, by the Delaware Valley River Planning Commission
  • Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Compass, developed by the USDA, the KYF Compass map shows the local foods landscape in your community and around the country.
  • Local Food Economies, a toolkit to help your community understand the economic impacts of your local food system initiatives.
  • MIT Collaborative Initiative:
  • North Carolina Local Food Inventory, mapped inventory of businesses that serve as intermediary steps in local food supply chains.
  • Sound Bites, this weekly radio series from the Marc Steiner Show features stories from across the food system, in Maryland and beyond.
  • Vermont Food Atlas, the interactive mapping component of Vermont Farm to Plate, Vermont’s statewide initiative to support its local food system.
  • West Virginia Food Mapper, an interactive map that displays food businesses, slaughterhouses and meat processing facilities, and agriculture statistics in West Virginia.
  • Wisconsin Food Security Project, provides localized information about the food security infrastructure in Wisconsin.

GIS and Map-Making Resources

  • ArcGIS Online, a product from Esri that allows users, who gain access by creating a free online account, to create a map that can be viewed in a browser, desktop, or mobile device.
  • Batch Geo, an online mapping service. Users can add location data into BatchGeo to validate the data and create and customize maps.
  • Community Commons, an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities’ movement.
  • Google Fusion Tables, an experimental data visualization web application to gather and visualize data, create maps, and share data tables.
  • Policy Map, a web-based Geographic Information System that captures data through custom demographic maps, tables, reports, and an analysis tool created by the Reinvestment Fund.
  • QGIS, a free and open-source desktop geographic information system (GIS) application that provides data viewing, editing, and analysis capabilities.

Maryland Food Policy Councils and Initiatives