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Community resilience refers to a community’s capacity to actively adapt and evolve by balancing internal and external driving forces in a sustainable way. In this paper, emerging local food supply networks are analysed in terms of social capital and community resilience. Firstly, the links embodying trust or the lack of trust in the local food networks are studied. Secondly, we examine how social resilience is created at the community level. Our empirical case study on Central Finland combines quantitative and qualitative approaches. The core data are drawn from the survey exploring farmers’ collaboration and networks and from in-depth interviews with four local stakeholder groups representing different positions in the local food chain. It is concluded that in Central Finland the community resilience is advancing with slow steps of adaptation to external challenges. Yet, there are several peculiar challenges in the Northern Model of local food system.

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