“Farm-to-table” has become such a common food refrain that we wouldn’t blame you if you think it’s overused. But really, it just means getting back to our roots — when we ate food that was grown and raised nearby instead of a few states, or countries, away. The current movement encourages consumers and businesses to minimize the distance food travels. Knowing where your food comes from and how it’s prepared has increased in popularity in recent years. In 2014 the National Gardening Association found that food gardening was at an all-time high with no signs of slowing down. Getting food locally creates a sustainable environment and a sense of community and pride. Read on to meet four local vegetable gardeners, an independent hog farmer and several Columbia-based restaurants who prioritize food that’s close to home.