Implementation — How we Prosper

Support agricultural economic development

Examples of agricultural industry

Assisting agricultural economic development first requires a thorough understanding of the diversity and extent of existing agricultural businesses in the county.

How we Prosper

Mushroom varieties

How we Prosper

Encouraging youth in agriculture

How we Prosper

Diverse field crops

How we Prosper

Vineyards and distilleries

How we Prosper

Direct-to-consumer business models

Support agricultural economic development through the innovation and evolution of agricultural business operations.

Why:

A leading industry in the county, agriculture serves as a critical component of the county's economy and a major land use category. A dominant part of the county's working lands, agriculture provides valuable resources and supports land-based livelihoods.Supporting innovation within agribusiness and the evolution of business models and land uses, while fostering cooperation within the agriculture community and beyond, are essential to continued success.

How:

Building from existing programs, this effort would provide technical ordinance guidance to municipalities and connect the public to the local agriculture industry. There is significant need to help connect new and beginning farmers and operators, as well as existing producers, to land, business resources, and succession planning. This effort may best be served by development of a countywide agricultural economic development plan, through an inclusive process that crosses agricultural business sectors and focuses on identifying the best mechanisms to address land access and to help ensure that agricultural business operations are vital well into the future. Other significant goals of such a plan would be to use the process to grow understanding of challenges facing agriculture in Chester County and grow capacity within organizations already playing a role in supporting agricultural businesses. The Chester County Agricultural Development Council would lead these efforts in partnership with other agricultural organizations and municipalities.

How we Prosper

Local produce production

How we Prosper

Equestrian and support services

How we Prosper

Orchards and horticulture

How we Prosper

Dairy production

View implementation partners and roles