Food Hubs & Cooperatives
Republic Food Enterprise Center in Fayette County
Photo credit: localharvest.org
USDA Rural Development posted several blog entries covering different aspects of Cooperative Development
- USDA's Blog highlights the Member-Owned Business Model
- USDA's Blog highlights Co-op help for premature babies
- USDA's Blog highlights a recent forum on Cooperative development
- USDA's Blog highlights African-American farmer cooperatives
- USDA's Blog highlights a Developing Local Food Options Webinar
Article on a Proposed Food Hub in Louisville, KY
In a move to strengthen the production and distribution of locally grown food in Louisville, Mayor Greg Fischer this week granted a 24-acre vacant parcel of land in the West End worth $1.2 million to developers of a "Louisville Food Hub."
Food Hub Benchmarking Study
The NGFN Food Hub Collaboration, through our partners at Farm Credit East, Farm Credit Council and Morse Marketing Connections, has collected and analyzed financial and operational data from dozens of hubs across the country, creating the second food hub benchmarking study. The pilot 2013 study showed good promise for our methodology, and this year's study has several times the number of participants, giving us a much better picture of how food hubs operate.
USDA Food Hub Resources
The National Food Hub Collaboration, a partnership among USDA, the Wallace Center at Winrock International, National Good Food Network, National Association of Produce Market Managers, and Project for Public Spaces, is working to promote food hubs in the US. The Collaboration collects and analyzes the latest data, research and activities related to food hubs and works to ensure the success of existing and emerging food hubs in the United States.
- National Good Food Network Food Hub Center offers a comprehensive variety of resources, including research knowledge, webinars, news & events, consultant database, funding Sources, as well as maps and lists of US food hubs.
- Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Hub Network
- California Network of Regional Food Hubs vision paper for statewide organization that networks regional food aggregators and distributors into a system that expands marketing opportunities, reduces risk, and increases access to good food—a network of Regional Food Hubs.
- Food Commons 2.0-A model for actualizing the food "revolution" in communities everywhere by creating the physical, financial and organizational infrastructure necessary for thriving regional food systems. The Food Commons has three integral components, the Food Commons Trust, Food Commons Bank, and Food Commons Hub.
- National Integrated Regional Foodsheds Model proposed as a national network of linked regional hubs or foodsheds by MIT Collaborative Initiatives and Columbia University Urban Design Lab
- USDA- The USDA is working to promote food hubs through several venues, including:
- Agricultural Marketing Services (AMS) food hub resource contains the USDA’s latest findings, funding opportunities, a list of operational food hubs, and a library of other relevant resources, articles and materials about food hub development.
- Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food USDA program has identified regional food hubs as a specific priority. The KYF Compass offers a variety of case studies, maps and multi-media tools on food hubs and other local food infrastructure.
- Resource Guide for Food Hubs offers a collection of information, resources and background on everything needed to develop or participate in a regional food hub, for producers, buyers, consumers, researchers, academics, or policy makers.
Michigan Food Hub Network - Case Study Publication
The publication (URL below) provides an overview of the Michigan Food Hub Network’s creation, implementation, short-term outcomes, and lessons learned in the first 30 months of operation. We think you may find this publication useful, whether you want to learn more about the Michigan Food Hub Network story as it applies to food hubs efforts in your own state, or if you are interested in starting or revamping other types of food system networks