Food isn't just what we eat, it connects us to our family, our community and the world around us. We live in a challenging time in history, facing unprecedented global crises. Local food initiatives by small farmers, community workers, and activists offer solutions to many of these large complex problems. Solutions at the local level can give us personal and community agency, connecting us with one another and inspiring new ways of thinking, sharing and creating value. This book focuses on alternative food networks, food sovereignty, and social economics, through case studies of real people and communities in both urban and rural New Zealand, as well as through a global lens. These inspiring stories and helpful insights provide a compass that can help us to navigate towards a more equitable and sustainable future.