Local vegetable production has an important role in sustaining healthy communities. Farmland offers potential esthetic and environmental value by providing open space, groundwater recharge, and biodiversity. Local agriculture can also offer an enhancement of quality of life by providing a source of fresh, diverse vegetables and engaging consumers with farmers. Local farms provide jobs and educational opportunities for students. From direct marketing, consumers gain a trust and understanding about how their food is produced, and farmers can accommodate local demand and culture.