Given that some successful models have been developed in other areas and the lack of small scale data on market barriers to entry, our research objectives are:

1) ASSESS economic and social factors that limit the transfer of sustainable food product between low income farmers and local consumers using a literature review and available datasets.

2) ASSESS local economic and social factors via interviews with local producers, consumers, government officials, and food distribution and retail businesses in the study area.

3) REDEFINE the meaning of a “food desert” for the counties of interest using GIS analysis and qualitative data.