Food Hub News and Events Archive
- USDA Releases Report on the Growing Importance of Food Hubs in Rural America
February 27, 2013
The Role of Food Hubs in Local Food Marketing describes the challenges and opportunities that food hubs face in addition to highlighting the benefits that food hubs can bring to the local community. Take a look at the report.
- Local Farmers Team Up with NW Regional Food Hub in Richland
February 22, 2013
The NW Columbia Food Hub in Richland, Washington is working to increase access to locally produced food by forming a farmers' cooperative for their market. As a non-profit, they try to give as much back to the farmers as possible and are prepared to tell consumers exactly where there food comes from and how it's produced.
- Coastal Enterprises, Inc. & Wholesome Wave Launch Seafood Distribution Study
February 20, 2013
CEI of Portland, Maine in partnership with Wholesome Wave, will be completing a feasibility study to find the best ways to integrate local seafood into the regional food markets. Take a look at this video to find out more.
- The Food Hub Solution
February 15, 2013
This article describes a community-centric food hub, CornUcopia Place, focusing not only on community economic development but also assuring the health of the community. To promote access to healthier food, the hub sells food through a healthy cafe and a mobile market, which reaches food deserts throughout the city.
- Green Mountain Farm-to-School is Hiring a Food Hub Associate
February 4, 2013
Green Mountain Farm-to-School seeks a dynamic, mission-driven; food; systems professional with strong business and organization skills to support the growth of our organization. Take a look at the complete job description.
- Survey says: Georgia farmers interested in forming food hubs as a means of marketing produce, fresh meat, and eggs
January 31, 2013
Results from a survey of 216 farmers in Georgia concluded that farmers are interested in working together to meet local food demands. Specifically, 62% of the farmers said that they were interested in forming local food hubs. For more information on the study see www.SustainAgGA.org.
- Vermont's value added agriculture: First came the cheese, now comes the charcuterie?
January 29, 2013
Mad River Food Hub in Waitsfield is part of Vermont's movement to replicate the model that yielded a prosperous cheese industry, to promote local meat processing. The food hub will be converting an old Ben and Jerry's factory to a meat processing facility that will produce salamis and prosciuttos.
- ‘Food hub’ seen as way to promote local agriculture
January 21, 2013
The Douglas County Food Policy Council in Kansas is working to determine the food hub model that will meet the needs of their community and secure appropriate funding to begin hub development.
- 'Food hub' expands to meet growing demand
January 18, 2013
Check out this news clip about the Intervale Food Hub that provides food for consumers in the Burlington region for prices comparable to that of grocery stores.
- Cornell Cooperative Extension gets money to build Madison County agricultural hub
January 9, 2013
A third food hub in New York will be funded by the Regional Economic Development Council's generous grant awards. The Madison County Cornell Cooperative Extension was awarded $1.5 million to develop a food hub that will include a processing facility, teaching kitchen and farmers' market.
- NY Food Hubs Receive Funds from the Regional Economic Development Council
January 3, 2013
New York's Regional Economic Development Council has recently awarded Finger Lakes Food Hub of Ithaca, NY with $450,000 and the proposed Food Hub in Canton, NY with $350,000.
- “Food Hub” Increases Access to Locally Grown Foods
December 31, 2012
One of our Study Hubs, Jack and Jake's, was featured on ABC news in Louisiana as a successful business model that connects local farmers and fishermen to consumers, specifically focusing on creating access to fresh foods for those living in New Orleans.
- Local Food Distribution Moves Beyond The Farmers' Market
December 20, 2012
Listen to the Vermont Public Radio as they discuss local food movements around the state. Consumers are playing an active role in the aggregation and distribution of locally produced food.
- Farm Fresh Rhode Island Sales up by 50% this year
December 14, 2012
Farm Fresh Rhode Island food hub has experienced growth since it's beginnings in 2009 due to its innovative sales model--the Mobile Market. Sourcing from 60 farms in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the hub was able to reach $1,500,000 in sales this year.
- Webinar: Food Hubs: What are They? Why do They Matter to the Northeast?
December 12, 2012
Farm Credit East, ACA, will host a webinar at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 17, 2012. It will provide an educational overview on food hubs and how they may be important to Northeast agriculture.
- Local Food MarketSizer™ by New Venture Advisors
December 7, 2012
Check out this new virtual tool to calculate the potential of the market in any state, metropolitan area or county for meat, dairy, poultry & eggs and fruits & vegetables.
- Real Food Calculator
December 6, 2012
Calculate the percentage of "real food" that your institution purchases. 31 colleges and universities have successfully used the Real Food Calculator, and another 20 are working on Real Food Calculator Assessments.
- Public Meetings to Plan the Wabash Valley Food Hub
December 4, 2012
The Wabash Valley Food Hub is in the planning stages. Four meetings in four different counties are scheduled in December to discuss the future of this food hub.
- $200k For Food Hub
November 30, 2012
The Traverse City Food Hub should be up and running in September of 2013 thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.
- Food Hub on the Table
November 26, 2012
The building that once was the Cheshire County Jail in New Hampshire could be transformed into a much needed regional food hub.
- Farmers Market Promotion Program Supports Food Hubs
October 2, 2012
We've compiled a list of all of the FMPP grants across the country that support food hubs, mobile markets and other similar projects.
- Local Food Hub is Hiring
September 17, 2012
Local Food Hub in Charlottesville,Virginia is seeking an Executive Director to lead and grow the organization. Click on the link above for the job description.
- Eastern Carolina Organics is Growing
September 13, 2012
The organic produce company is moving to a larger facility in Durham to be called the ECO Hub.
- Why Local Food Belongs on Grocery Shelves
September 7, 2012
"The 'food hub' model is gaining traction nationwide," according to USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan, in this Atlantic article.
- 'Food Hubs' Connect School Districts with Farmers
September 3, 2012
More coverage on how food hubs bring fresh food to schools in California and across the country.
- Relay Foods Raises $1.2M to Scale Local Online Grocery
August 30, 2012
Virginia-based Relay Foods has acquired Arganica Farm Club and announcedplans to expand in the Mid-Atlantic region.
- Don't Box Me In: The Unstoppable Growth of CSA-Style Box Delivery
August 27, 2012
This Grist article weighs the merits of traditional CSA boxes against the benefits of other produce delivery options popping up in the burgeoning local food marketplace.
- Local Food Hub Seeks Executive Director
Local Food Hub, based in Charlottesville, VA is looking for an executive director. Learn more about this innovative hub, and read the full job posting.
- USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Applications Due Oct. 15
August 16, 2012
Notice of Funding Availability: USDA Rural Development is offering planning grants up to $100,000 and working capital grants up to $300,000, through the Value-Added Producer Grant Program. Apply by October 15.
- Interview with VT Mad River Food Hub's Manager
August 19, 2012
Robin Morris, founder of Vermont's Mad River Food Hub, provides his perspective on running a food hub business. For a peek at another Vermont food hub, read about this blogger's tour of the Intervale.
- Food Hubs Play Critical Role in the Future of Local Food
August 13, 2012
This USDA blog post discusses how food hubs serve as "farmers markets for businesses," and develop stronger local and regional food supply chains by overcoming the infrastructure challenges faced by small and mid-sized producers.
- Montana Considers Regional Food Hub Network
August 13, 2012
Montana is exploring the benefits of a regional food hub, and this pageprovides some useful links to resources on hub development.
- Food Hub Summit: It Takes A Village
August 10, 2012
Grasshoppers Distribution in Louisville, KY, with assistance from the Wallace Center, hosted a visit from other food hubs around the country.
- Healthy Food Commerce Initiative Invests in CT Food Hub
August 5, 2012
Through its Healthy Food Commerce Initiative, funded by USDA/EDA, Wholesome Wave is partnering with FRESH New London in Connecticut. HFCI was also featured recently in Forbes: Meet the Guys Who Make Local Food Affordable.
- SAREP Releases New Food Hub Research and Resources
August 3, 2012
New research from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) at UC Davis provides valuable information for food hubs and farmers. Read more on the UC Food Blog or the NGFN Food Hub Knowledge Database.
- Local Food Hub in VA Offers Farm Worker Training to Refugees
July 23, 2012
The Local Food Hub and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) are giving three men from Bhutan a chance to put their farming skills to good use in the Farm Worker Training program.
- Joint Investment Helps KY Food Hub Expand Service to Schools
July 11, 2012
Through an innovative financing initiative, Wholesome Wave, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and local investors have teamed up to bring local fresh food to tens of thousands of high-need public school students through a Louisville-based food hub, Grasshoppers Distribution.
- Center for Regional Food Systems Receives Food Hub Grant
July 5, 2012
The Kresge Foundation awarded a $450,000 grant to Michigan State University's Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) to develop and lead a food hub network in Michigan over the next three years.
- Local and Regional Food Hubs Boost Rural Economies
June 14, 2012
The May 2012 issue of Rural Connections focuses on food hubs and features articles by two Food Hub Collaboration core team members.
- Merrigan's Food Hub Challenge
June 13, 2012
USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan makes the case for food hub development in this May 2012 Rural Connections article.
- Spring 2012 Food Hub Conference Proceedings Online
June 7, 2012
Disappointed you missed the Food Hub Collaboration's Spring 2012 Conference? Highlights and audio proceedings are now available online.
- Real Food - Real Local - Real Good Institute, July 10-12
June 7, 2012
Meet and learn from people all along the food value chain of Appalachia Ohio, July 10-12, in Athens, OH. Register here.
- Making the Right Connections with Local Food
May 15, 2012
USDA Deputy Secretary Merrigan and Illinois Lieutenant Governor Simon weigh in about the importance of food hubs in this editorial.
- USDA Farm to School Grants Deadline May 18
May 7, 2012
USDA Food and Nutrition Service anticipates awarding $3.5 million in grant funding to support local food access in eligible schools. Submit a letter of intent by May 18.
- Food Systems Summit, June 2012
May 7, 2012
The University of Vermont will host its first-ever Food Systems Summit, titled "Leading the Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems," June 18-29, 2012. Apply here by May 21.
- USDA Expands Food Hub Outreach with Website
May 3, 2012
More coverage of the Spring 2012 Conference and release of the Regional Food Hub Resource Guide from AgriNews Online.
- Great Lakes Food Hub Network
April 30, 2012
The Great Lakes Food Hub Network (GLFHN) is a trust-based collaboration of food hub practitioners focused on delivering the full value of local foods to markets in ways that build community wealth.
- USDA Introduces the Regional Food Hub Guide: An Innovative Tool for Growing Local Food Systems
April 20, 2012
USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announces the publication of the Regional Food Hub Resource Guide at the NGFN Food Hub Collaboration's Spring 2012 Conference in Chicago. The event attracted coverage on The Packer, Western Farm Press, Brownfield Ag News, and many other press outlets.
- NGFN Food Hub Collaboration's Spring 2012 Conference
April 20, 2012
The NGFN Food Hub Collaboration's Spring 2012 Conference, April 19-20 in Chicago, brought food hubs and supporters from around the country to network, connect with technical assistance providers, and shape the direction of the Community of Practice. Read the agenda here.
- New Space Helps D.C. Central Kitchen Step Up its Local Food Hub Operations
July 19, 2011
D.C. Central Kitchen, a non-profit which uses donated food to deliver meals to area homeless shelters and social service agencies and runs a profitable catering business providing training and jobs to ex-offenders and former drug addicts, opens a new commercial kitchen to process food from local producers to supply schools and restaurants in the district.
- USDA Supports Local Food Hubs Nationwide
July 15, 2011
The Packer discusses the USDA's new Food Hub Webpage and how food hubs help local growers access larger markets.
- USDA NEWS: USDA Launches Online Resource to Help Producers Get Products to Market, Bolster Local and Regional Economies
July 12, 2011
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) launches a Food Hub Web Page for producers, buyers and others to access a central clearinghouse of resources, news and information related to food hubs and other enterprises that provide infrastructure support for small and mid-size producers. Check out the related USDA Blog Post and Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Post
- 5 Videos That Will Change How You Think About Food: Part One
July 6, 2011
Michael Conrad, Assistant Director of Urban Design Lab, talks about how to make the country healthier by creating regional food hubs in his TEDx Manhattan talk, "Rebuilding Our Food System Infrastructure."
- Vermont Program Awards $88,520 to Ag-Related Businesses
July 1, 2011
The St. Louis Food Hub, a proposed 35,000 square foot facility focusing on distribution, processing and aggregation services for local producers to reach area schools, hospitals and day-care centers, as well as a retail and mobile market, hopes to open by end of 2012.
- Vermont Program Awards $88,520 to Ag-Related Businesses
June 23, 2011
The Vermont State Government announced $88,520 in grant funding for the Vermont Farm Viability Program funding capital improvements for local food entrepreneurs that process, market, store or distribute Vermont farm products including food hubs and a local butchery.
- Rural Commercial Kitchens Form Local Food Network
June 22, 2011
Rural Development Directors in four Midwestern states have proposed regional community kitchen clusters to process locally grown food and serve as a base for which a larger network of kitchens could build upon.
- Local Foods Distribution Center in the Works in Dane County
June 17, 2011
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds study for and potential development of a local food processing and storage site in Wisconsin.
Fresh Moves Mobile Grocery Store An Innovative Solution To Food Deser
June 16, 2011
A new mobile grocery store in Chicago works with a local food hub, Goodness Greeness, an organic food supplier to bring fresh groceries into communities that lack access to grocery stores.
- USDA NEWS: USDA Targets Food Deserts in Funding for Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants
June 3, 2011
USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announces available funding for the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service's Farmer's Market Nutrition Program saying, "These grants will put resources into rural and urban economies to create and support direct marketing opportunities for farmers" said Merrigan. "Consumer and farmer enthusiasm for direct marketing has never been greater. This year we will place emphasis on food deserts because America's low income and underserved communities need greater access to healthy, fresh food."
USDA NEWS: Farmers Market Promotion Program: Expanding Food Access Through Direct Marketing
June 3, 2011
USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announces this year's Farmers Market Promotion Program, providing $10 million in grant funds to expand direct marketing opportunities and help eliminate food desserts and increase food access in low-income communities.
- Philadelphia's Common Market Wins $1.1 million grant
June 3, 2011
The Common Market, a non-profit food distribution business in Philadelphia, receives grant funding from the Kellogg Foundation allowing them to purchase additional equipment and renovate their space to prepare for changes in federal food safety regulations.
- Regional Food Hubs Poised to Become Burgeoning Trend
The American Farm Bureau Federation's latest issue of Foodie News features food hubs.
- Meyer Memorial Trust RFP: Community Food Systems Planning and Implementation Grants
Planning Grant Proposals due July 1, 2011
MMT is seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations in Oregon and Clark County, WA, working on community and/or regional food system projects.
- An Increasingly More Common Market: North Philly Group Sets Bar High for Local Food Distribution
May 24, 2011
Common Market Philadelphia helps get local food to institutional customers.
- San Diego Regional Food Hub Cultivates Local Markets
May 10, 2011
San Diego food producers are establishing a Regional Food Hub, the San Diego Growers, as a way to help overcome local production and distribution gaps.
- Local Food Movement Gets Trucking
May 10, 2011
Local food distributors help fill the missing link in the local food movement in Montana by providing producers with distribution and marketing of their products.
- Food Hub Bid to Boost Wyre Forest Producers
May 6, 2011
The Grow with Wyre Landscape Partnership Project is beginning a food hub to support local producers as they develop sustainable enterprises and to boost their rural economy.
- Food Hubs a Potential Boon to Local Growers
May 5, 2011
The Phil Lempert, Supermarket Guru report discusses the USDA and the Food Hub Collaboration’s analysis of food hubs seeing it as positive news for farmers and consumers.
- New Partnership Brings Local Food Distribution to Southeastern Massachusetts
April 27, 2011
The Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership (SEMAP) and Food Ex, will partner to bring local food distribution to southeastern Massachusetts. FoodEx, operated by Organic Renaissance will open a food hub in New Bedford this summer while SEMAP will introduce farmers to the service and provide technical assistance to farmers to transition to selling wholesale.
- USDA NEWS: USDA
Identifies Infrastructure and Economic Opportunities for Regional
Producers: Food Hubs Emerging as Viable Business Model Supporting
Regional Food Systems
April 19, 2011
USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan releases the results of a nationwide analysis of food hubs stating that, “This new data clearly demonstrates that small and midsize farmers can work with a variety of players to overcome the infrastructure challenges they face, while creating effective economic opportunities for their communities at the same time."
- USDA NEWS: Food Hubs: Creating Opportunities for Producers Across the Nation
April 19, 2011
USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan says, “food hubs are not a flash in the pan. They are incredibly innovative business models specifically addressing some of our producers’ most overwhelming challenges.”
- Local Grain Key to Economic Health, Says Corporation
April 4, 2011
Skowhegan, Maine has plans for a new food hub which will include the restoration of grain production in central Maine with plans for a 14,000 square foot grist mill and space for baking and selling bread as well as local fruits, vegetable, meats and cheeses.
- Food Hubs—Localizing Food Systems?
March 28, 2011
The Institute for Food and Development Policy shows how food hubs are changing our food systems through localization.
- Forget the Gloom-New Ways of Living and Organizing Out Economy Are Flourishing
March 17, 2011
Tom Philpott shows ways that communities are creating infrastructure to support mid-size farmers.
- Regional Food Hubs Face a Growing Need for Technology
March 8, 2011
Many food hubs lack the technology necessary to manage their operations at a large scale; however, many new technology solutions are arising to solve this problem. This article discusses some of the more promising ones.
- Are Food Hubs the Next Best Thing?
January 19, 2011
GoodFood World introduces a new food hub starting in Everett, Washington and discusses what sets food hubs apart from traditional wholesalers.
- USDA NEWS Detroit’s Eastern Market: A Food Hub in a Food Desert
December 17, 2010
Eastern Market’s food hub helps coordinate aggregation and distribution for Michigan’s small and mid-size farmers and with a cooperative agreement with the USDA, they will work towards expanding the availability for this food throughout Detroit, a city that that is a food desert.
- USDA NEWS Oklahoma Food Co-Op: From Buying Club to Food Hub
December 16, 2010
The Oklahoma Food Co-Op, a member cooperative with an internet ordering program with a distribution system of trucks, drop off locations, warehouse space, and plenty of volunteers, helps bring products from local small ranches and farms to consumers across Oklahoma.
- USDA NEWS Local Food Hub Brings It All Together
December 15, 2010
Local Food Hub, a non-profit organization in Charlottesville, Virginia, raised enough money to purchase the necessary infrastructure as well as liability insurance to purchase over $340,000 worth of product from 50 farms bringing a consistent supply of local farm products to over 95 buyers in Charlottesville.
- Map Shows Local Food Hub Scaling Up in SE Minnesota
December 15, 2010
USDA coordinated food hub map shows concentration of food hubs between Southeast Minnesota and the Iowa-Wisconsin border as the geology of the land is conducive to small fruits and vegetable farms. Follow up piece with Jim Barham asking for food chain champions found here.
- Restaurateur’s Vision: a Hub for Sustainable Food
December 14, 2010
The Washington Post article introduces a new non-profit and food hub being established in the Washington DC Area, Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture.
- USDA NEWS Getting to Scale with Regional Food Hubs
December 14, 2010
Jim Barham explains how food hubs might be one answer to help small and mid-size producers meet the challenges of obtaining the necessary capital investments and infrastructure to develop regional food systems.