The rise of the local food movement and its impact on rural economies: With examples from the Region of Durham


  • Stacey Jibb


Rural economies across North America continue to see the positive impacts of the rise of the local food movement and the evolution of the local food system. Local food is a fluid definition impacted by several factors. Government policy, geography and the personal relationships that develop between producer and consumer all play a part in shaping what is local. This has altered how consumers interact with the local food economy and has given rise to direct-farm marketing and agri-tourism as ways to participate in the local food system. Using examples from northern Durham Region, this paper examines how rural economies are impacted by the growing demand for access to local food and how that translates into direct impacts for the local economy. 

Keywords: local food, local food movement, rural economies, direct-farm marketing, food economy

Author Biography

Stacey Jibb

Stacey Jibb was raised on a dairy farm near the small town of Sunderland, Ontario in the Region of Durham. She attended Wilfrid Laurier University and obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Communication Studies. Following graduation, she completed a Post-Graduate Degree in Paralegal Studies at Durham College In 2015, Stacey obtained a position with the Region of Durham’s Economic Development and Tourism Division. In her current role as the Rural Economic Development Coordinator, Stacey works closely with Durham’s three rural municipalities coordinating economic development programs and initiatives.