Written by Julia Soondar, Food Systems Intern, UF IFAS Extension- Osceola County
On June 27th, Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs) Day will be celebrated for the second time, as declared by the United Nations. This day is meant to recognize and create awareness of small businesses around the world and their contribution to the local, national, and global economy. The qualifications for each term vary per country but is generally based on their profit and number of employees. It is important to understand the problems MSMEs face that many larger corporations do not, such as financial and legal issues, while also having a positive impact. These enterprises are important since they contribute to 2 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the UN: Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth and Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
While there are many local MSMEs to support, farmers are also important to remember. Supporting local farmers is a good way to contribute to the local economy since the money stays circulating within a smaller area, eat healthier by choosing more fresh produce, and reduce your carbon footprint by reducing packaging and food miles. These local products could range from buying locally grown fruits and vegetables, honey, dairy, meat, homemade beauty products, etc. directly from farms, farmer’s markets, or even small, family-owned produce and grocery stores. It is important to also recognize that these local farmers are also contributing to another pair of UN goals: Goal 2: Zero Hunger and Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
It can be easy to dismiss working towards these goals here in the United States, but there are many local areas and people that still need help. As June 27th approaches, keep in mind all that you can do for yourself, the local community, and even the world by supporting local farmers. Explore these local farms and foods in Osceola County. For more information about farming and gardening in Osceola County, FL, call 321-697-3000.