Connecting Our Local Food Infrastructure Through Food Hubs


| 5/4/2016 9:49:00 AM


Tags: local food, food hubs, cooperatives, local economy, food security, community, Cooperative Development Institute, New York,

 

The local food movement is growing all over the country as small farms, farmers markets, and CSAs flourish. It has strengthened the connections between farmers and consumers, as more people know where their food comes from and build direct relationships with producers.

Despite this growth, local food is still a small part of the food economy, and there are many barriers for local producers to reach larger markets such as institutions and grocery stores. Across the country, farmers and food organizers are developing food hubs to address this need and rebuild the regional food infrastructure that has been lost in the past 100 years.

At the end of March, more than 400 food hub organizers, organizations, funders and supporters met in Atlanta for the 3rd Annual National Food Hub Conference, hosted by the Wallace Center.

What is a Food Hub?

The USDA defines a food hub as “a centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the aggregation, storage, processing, distribution, and/or marketing of locally/regionally produced food products.”




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