Local Harvest is an e-marketplace of agricultural products and foods in general that cooperates with small family farms in the USA. The majority of the products available through the site is ecologically cultivated and there is emphasis to the collaboration with farms that promote sustainable development. In the USA, as in other countries, the agricultural products sold in super markets need between four and seven days from harvest to shelf, which results in a dramatic deterioration of their quality; furthermore, only 18% of the retail price goes to the producer.
The site was founded in 1998 and already has 20,000 collaborating farms. The visitor can consult a detailed map for each area or ZIP code and find the closest collaborating farms as well as read information about each of them and reviews from customers who have bought their products. The products themselves come from a wide range that includes fruit and vegetables, drinks, seeds for potential farmers, dairy, soaps, sweets etc. Also provided, is a forum where the participants are mostly producers and hundreds of blogs with posts by the producers themselves.
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