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Entries in food hubs (8)

Thursday
May032012

Regional Food Hub Resource Guide 

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced the launch of a food hub guide, a new USDA tool to bolster expansion of market opportunities for small and mid-sized U.S. producers. This resource was developed in partnership with the Wallace Center at Winrock International, the National Good Food Network, the National Association of Produce Market Managers, and the Project for Public Spaces, as part of the National Food Hub Collaboration.

http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/usda-food-hub-resource-guide/

Wednesday
Apr042012

Moving Food Along the Value Chain: Innovations in Regional Food Distribution

A USDA study of eight regional food hubs/distribution networks that describes how these networks tap into the growing commercial demand for local and regional food products while creating additional economic opportunities and expanding healthy food access.

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=stelprdc5097504

Friday
Sep022011

Increasing Farm Income and Local Food Access: A case study of a collaborative aggregation, marketing, and distribution strategy that links farmers to markets

A case study, published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, on The Intervale Center’s Food Hub in Burlington, Vermont.  The Intervale Food Hub is a collaboration of small and midscale famers that aggregate, market, and distribute local products through a CSA program and wholesale.  The study reviews the Food Hub’s development, outcomes, and farmer and staff perceptions of successes and challenges after three years of operations. 

http://www.agdevjournal.com/current-issue/189-increasing-farm-income-and-local-food-access-a-case-study-of-a-collaborative-aggregation-marketing-and-distribution-strategy.html?catid=78%3Afood-value-chains-papers

Monday
Jul112011

National Good Food Network

The National Good Food Network (NGFN) includes a network of stakeholders from across the country that are working across the food system to meet the growing demand for healthy, green, fair, affordable food. The NGFN's database includes reports, webinars, case studies, business models, and research dealing with issues related to ‘scaling up’ local food. The website also provides contact information to connect people with regional partners working in the field.

http://www.ngfn.org/resources/ngfn-database

Monday
Jul112011

USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS)

AMS provides many resources related to food access, including farmer markets and local foods, agriculture community supported agriculture, supply chains and marketing. The new AMS Food Desert webpage from the Departments of Agriculture, Treasury, and Health and Human Services, regarding how food deserts are identified, grant opportunities, success stories, FAQs and a summary of the USDA’s initiative, and food desert census track data. Resources for grants are listed on the site and include opportunities in 19 programs within the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Agriculture.

http://apps.ams.usda.gov/fooddeserts/

Monday
Jul112011

Cornell University Library Guides

Resources on the Local and Regional Food Systems Reference Guide page include Community food security/food systems assessment, food policy councils, food hubs, and foodshed mapping and analysis.

http://guides.library.cornell.edu/content.php?pid=84833&sid=639443#5833529

Friday
Jul082011

Ecotrust

Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

http://www.ecotrust.org/foodfarms/

Friday
Jul082011

Regional Food Hubs: Understanding the Scope and Scale of Food Hub Operations

This presentation presents findings from interviews conducted with the help of the Food Hub Tactical Team which is comprised of the Wallace Center, USDA Agriculture Marketing Service, Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Service, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Economic Research Service and Agricultural Research Service. The Food Hub Tactical Team looks at how to develop viable local and regional food systems by conducting interviews with food hubs, identifies the core components of a food hub, and offers examples of models from across the country.

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5090409