West Michigan is home to such agricultural abundance! As the largest sector of our economy, we know that protecting our agricultural heritage means protecting the jobs that support our food system every day. Our local farmers, chefs, producers, and grocers are invaluable, and these local businesses play an impactful role in the way that you and I, as everyday eaters, can connect to the place we live. This is why Local First talks about local food. We know that if you shift your spending to apples from West Michigan instead of apples from China, your dollars go much deeper and much further – they support your neighbor, your friend, and your community.