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2014 National Food Hub Conference

The National Good Food Network Food Hub Collaboration's National Food Hub Conference was March 26-28 in Raleigh, NC. Stay tuned for audio recordings and slide presentations.
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Featured Resources

Regional Food Hub Resource Guide Findings of the 2013 National Food Hub Survey Wholesome Wave's Food Hub Business Assessment Toolkit
Regional Hub Resource Guide 2013 Food Hub Survey cover WW Biz Assess Toolkit

What is a food hub?

A regional food hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.

Red Tomato created this informative video on what a food hub does:

The NGFN Food Hub Collaboration supports the success of existing and developing hubs. Read a summary of our approach.

 

Research & Resources

Study Hubs

The NGFN Food Hub Collaboration has selected nine Study Hubs from across the country to broadly inform the strategies and activities of food hubs nationwide. We will work closely with these food hubs and report extensively on their progress so that we may all learn from their models, challenges, and successes. As a group, the Study Hubs represent a balance of model and legal structure, age of enterprise, scale, markets served, and region of the country. Learn more about these innovators.

NGFN Webinars

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Recent News & Events

 

Food Hubs: Sustainable Agriculture's Missing Link

February 6, 2014

As part of a series that addresses pragmatic steps that can be taken to make regional food systems more sustainable, Grist's Nathanael Johnson discusses the valuable role of the "middleman" in the sustainable food movement. As Johnson puts it, "Middlemen...help farmers fill the missing middle of our food system. Right now we have big farms that move their food to market with industrial efficiency, and we have little farms that rely on dedicated eaters to drive out over the potholes, but we don’t have much in between." But food hubs are filling this role - in a way that is deceivingly normal compared to conventional distributors. Take Veritable Vegetable, for example: "to see what’s remarkable about Veritable you have to look closely: you have to notice that, for many farms, the produce isn’t coming by the truckload, or even the pallet, but just a few boxes at a time." 

 

Tahoe Food Hub Raises More Than $28K in Crowdfund Campaign

February 5, 2014

Tahoe Food Hub (TFH) completed a two-and-a-half month crowdfunding campaign to buy a refrigerated delivery van. The effort raised more than $28K via a combination of online donations, business sponsorships and private donations. A crowdfunding campaign aggregates small donations from many people to achieve a financial goal for a specific project within a specific amount of time. “When people see the van drive around town, they will see their donation at work and know they helped play a critical part in bringing local farm food to our community,” said Susie Sutphin, director of the Tahoe Food Hub. “A refrigerated delivery van is the first thing you need when creating a regional distribution system. It ensures the food can travel safely to North Lake Tahoe’s restaurants, small grocers and schools.”

 

Local Foods Offer Tangible Economic Benefits in Some Regions

February 4, 2014

Despite their typically small size and sparse distribution, farms that sell their products locally may boost economic growth in their communities in some regions of the U.S., according to a team of economists from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. "There has been a lot of hope, but little evidence, that local food systems can be an engine of economic growth in communities," said Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development. "Our findings show that, at least in certain regions of the country, community-focused agriculture has had a measurable effect on economic growth." Read more here.

 

Leopold Center Awards Grants

February 3, 2014

The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture has awarded grants to 24 innovative research and demonstration projects — each falling under one or more of the Leopold Center’s initiatives: Ecology, Marketing and Food Systems, Policy and Cross-Cutting — that will help Iowa farmers improve soil health, take advantage of opportunities related to local foods and fine-tune alternative practices that protect the environment while using fewer outside inputs. “This year’s grants represent a broad array of science-based projects that will continue to build the sustainability of Iowa’s agriculture and food systems,” said Leopold Center director Mark Rasmussen in a news release. The new grants bring the Leopold Center’s current investment in research on agricultural alternatives to nearly $1.16 million.

 

Q&A with Oregon Food Bank's Sharon Thornberry

January 29, 2014

Sharon Thornberry, community food systems manager for Oregon Food Bank, is one of the organizers of a FEAST Community Conversation scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 8 in Forest Grove, OR. Area residents can attend the meeting to discuss local food and agriculture needs. Thornberry answered a few questions about the event and local needs with The Oregonian. Learn more about the Oregon Food Bank and their local food program (along with other food banks serving at food hubs) at the NGFN Food Hub Conference, and check out our other confirmed speakers.

 

How Food Hubs are Helping New Farmers Break into Local Food

January 20, 2014

The growing local food market provides an opportunity for less experienced farmers to expand their business and polish their craft, and help is increasingly coming from food hubs, which can also serve as food processing and distribution centers. One such food hub is The Stewards of the Land in Illinois. Members of the food hub include about 40 small family farmers, each of whom pays a small fee to join. In exchange, they get cheaper liability insurance, and access to a much larger pool of clients and training. "The new generation of farmers is a little over half the group," says Marty, one of the farmer-members. "Many of them were under the age of 18 when they joined. We're very interested in growing great produce, but we're also very passionate about growing great farmers."

 

Morris Farm Tackles Hunger and Food Insecurity

January 16, 2014

In response to a substantial number of Lincoln County residents experiencing difficulty in finding healthy, affordable and accessible food, the Morris Farm Board of Trustees recently decided to focus on these food security issues in the Wiscasset, ME area by becoming a center to gather, produce, process, store and distribute local farm products by working with local farmers and home gardeners - a community-based food hub.

 

Solution Project Makes its Case

January 14, 2014

The Solution Project has joined with the National Resources Defense Council to expand its current focus on food production in the Mid-Hudson Valley area. Narrowsburg School Adaptive Reuse Project is proposing to convert the vacant Narrowsburg School building to a food hub for local farmers, including facilities for meat and dairy aging and packaging, as well as to a college-level satellite campus with SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake. “This is an opportunity", says Vice President Jennifer Grossman. "And it’s adaptively reusing a facility. These rural schools were always considered a central meeting area. It can be a place that food is aggregated as it can include processing and packaging, office administration, and training.”

 

Access to Healthy Food and Why it Continues to Matter

January 10, 2014

A new report (Access to Healthy Food and Why It Matters: A Review of the Research) shows that healthy food access continues to be a critical factor for improving both the physical and economic health and well-being of communities. Healthy food retailers such as grocery stores, farmers markets, cooperatives, and mobile markets have been increasing in many limited access communities through several innovative approaches that help improve food access. And in Michigan, the MI Food Policy Council released its 2013 recommendations in September, which outline opportunities for increasing healthy food access and food industry jobs, Cultivate a Safe, Healthy, Accessible Food Supply and Build Michigan’s Economy.

 

Southern SAWG Annual Conference to be Held January 15-18

Farmers, researchers, community leaders, and sustainable agriculture advocates should attend this conference for information on organic and sustainable vegetable, livestock and specialty crop production, unique marketing strategies, urban farming, farm to school, business and finance management, community food systems work, useful federal farm programs and agriculture policy developments. The conference will include over 60 educational sessions, a series of networking sessions and a trade show, and takes place Jan. 15-18 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center. Learn more and register here. 

 

Good Food BC Gets Grant Funding

January 8, 2014

Members of Good Food Battle Creek in MI have received grants from Fair Food Network to continue their work related to food justice and improving local food systems. The organizations - Sprout Urban Farm, the Food Bank of South Central Michigan, Dudley STEM School, and Leila Arboretum Society - will use the money for work that includes young people of the community in hopes of creating educational and entrepreneurial training.

 

Food Hubs: Clarifying the Concept

December 31, 2013

Michigan State University Extension strives to assist communities by providing relevant information about food hub systems and provide technical assistance to people representing a number of food system related businesses, including a recent article that tries to clarify exactly what is and is not a food hub. "Food hubs are not defined so much by their business structure but by their function and producer outcomes." Visit MSU Center for Regional Food Systems for more information on how MSU is supporting healthy regional food systems. 

 
Read more in the News & Events Archive.

 

Assistance for Food Hubs: Database of Consultants

The NGFN database contains contact information for many consultants across the country. Hubs, and those looking to assist them should use this as a resource for finding help.

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Funding Sources

USDA’s “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” Regional Food Hub Subcommittee created an edited selection of USDA programs that have previously supported regional food hubs, with examples of funded projects.

 

US Food Hubs - Map

MAP KEY: Large green markers indicate NGFN Food Hub Collaboration Study Hubs.

US Food Hubs - Full List

Sorted by state. Are we missing any? Please let us know!

Food Hub Name City State
Grow Alabama Birmingham AL
Manna Market Birmingham AL
Moore Farms and Friends Woodland AL
Old Soul Organics & More Fayetteville AR
Foodshed Farm - All Arkansas Basket-A-Month
Program
Grady AR
Farm2Work Little Rock AR
Little Rock Local Food Club Little Rock AR
 Russellville Community Market Russellville AR
Downtown Phoenix Public Market (Community Food Connections) Phoenix AZ
Chow Locally Phoenix AZ
Capay Valley Farm Shop Esparto CA
Inland Orange Conservancy (Old Grove Oranges) Mentone CA
Farm 2 Family Direct Nevada City CA
Mandela Foods Cooperative (Mandela Marketplace) Oakland CA
Phat Beets Produce Oakland CA
Ojai Pixie Growers Association Ojai CA
Agriculture and Land-based Training Association (ALBA) Organics Salinas CA
LolaBee's Harvest San Francisco CA
Veritable Vegetable San Francisco CA
Santa Monica Farmers Markets Santa Monica CA
Sonoma Organics Sebastopol CA
Tahoe Food Hub Truckee CA
Homestead Meats
Delta
CO
High Plains Food Coop Denver CO
LoCo Food Distribution Fort Collins CO
Arkansas Valley Organic Growers Fowler CO
The Farmer’s Cow Lebanon CT
Connecticut Farm Fresh Express, LLC East Haddam CT
Immokalee State Farmers Market Immoklee FL
New North Florida Cooperative Marianna FL
Panhandle Fresh Marketing Association Milton FL
Red Hill Online Farmers Market Tallahassee FL
Suncoast Food Alliance
Tampa Bay
FL
Fulton County Cooperative Fresh Mobile Farmers' Market Atlanta GA
The Turnip Truck Atlanta GA
Coastal Georgia Small Farmers Cooperative Glenville GA
Revival Foods Savannah GA
Iowa Valley Food Cooperative Amana IA
GROWN Locally Decorah IA
Iowa Food Cooperative Des Moines IA
Grass Run Farms Dorchester IA
Annie's Garden and Greens Ft. Atkinson IA
Idaho's Bounty Garden City ID
Six Rivers Market
Sandpoint
ID
Fresh Moves Mobile Produce Market Chicago IL
Goodness Greenness Chicago IL
Gourmet Gorilla, Inc. Chicago IL
Healthy Food Hub Chicago IL
Illiana Ag Alliance Casey IL
Red Meat Market Chicago IL
Stewards of the Land Fairbury IL
Good Earth Food Alliance CSA Farmington IL
Irv & Shelly's Fresh Picks Niles IL
Green B.E.A.N. Delivery Indianapolis IN
Hoosier Harvest Market Greenfield IN
Good Natured Family Farms Bronson KS
Rolling Prairie Farmers Alliance Lawrence KS
Campbell County Beef Association Cold Spring KY
Green B.E.A.N. Delivery Louisville KY
Grow Farms (Horton Fruit Company) Louisville KY
Holly Grove Market and Farm New Orleans LA
Red Tomato Canton MA
Boston Organics Charlestown MA
Berkshire Organics Delivery Dalton MA
South Shore Organics Duxbury MA
Common Wealth CSA Greenfield MA
Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center Greenfield MA
Organic Renaissance, LLC / OR FoodEx Lexington MA
Farm Direct Coop Marblehead MA
Sustainable Nantucket’s Farmers & Artisans Market Nantucket MA
Azuluna North Grafton MA
Massachusetts Local Food Cooperative
Sterling
MA
Northeast Family Farms, LLC Woburn MA
Washington's Green Grocer Capital Heights MD
Friends and Farms Columbia MD
Hometown Harvest Frederick MD
Farm Fresh Connection LLC Freeport ME
World PEAS Marketing Cooperative Lowell ME
Crown O' Maine Organic Cooperative North Vassalboro ME
Fresh Start Farms CSA Portland ME
Walsma and Lyons Byron Center MI
Harvest Michigan Clarkston MI
Eastern Market Detroit MI
West Michigan Cooperative Grand Rapids MI
Cherry Capital Foods Traverse City MI
Thousand Hills Cattle Company
Cannon Falls MN
Big River Farms (Minnesota Food Association) Marine on St. Croix MN
Co-op Partners Warehouse (Wedge Natural Foods Co-op) St. Paul MN
 Sprout MN Brainerd MN
Beans and Greens Mobile Market Kansas City MO
Fresh Food Express, LLC
Kansas City MO
 Farmer Girl Grassfed & Pasture Raised Meats Warrenton MO
Green BEAN Delivery O'Fallon MO
St. Louis Food Hub St. Louis MO
Webb City Farmers Market Webb City MO
Ocean Springs Fresh Market Ocean Springs MS
Indian Springs Farmer Cooperative Association Petal MS
Western Montana Growers Cooperative Arlee MT
Big Sky Local Food Big Sky MT
Market Day Foods Bozeman MT
Quality Foods Distributing Bozeman MT
Western North Carolina Farmers Market Asheville NC
High Country CSA Banner Elk NC
North Carolina Natural Hog Growers Association Beulaville NC
Feast Down East Burgaw NC
Farmer Foodshare Pennies on the Pound (POP) Market
Chapel Hill
NC
GO Local NC Farms, LLC Concord NC
Firsthand Foods, LLC Durham NC
Pilot Mountain Pride Pilot Mountain NC
Eastern Carolina Organics Pittsboro NC
The Produce Box
Raleigh
NC
Raleigh State Farmers Market Raleigh NC
Christopher Produce Waynesville NC
Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative Whispering Pines NC
Walking Fish Cooperative Beaufort NC
Nebraska Food Cooperative Lincoln NE
Tomāto Tomäto Omaha NE
North Country Farmers Coop Colebrook NH
Tri-County Cooperative East Windsor NJ
Agri-Cultura Network
Albuquerque NM
La Montanita Albuquerque NM
Beneficial Farm CSA Santa Fe NM
Santa Fe Farmers Market Institute
Santa Fe NM
FarmieMarket Online Albany NY
Field Goods Athens NY
Greenmarket Co. Bronx NY
Growing Green Mobile Market Buffalo NY
Eden Valley Growers.com Eden NY
Regional Access, Inc. Ithaca NY
Winter Sun Farms New Paltz NY
Corbin Hill Road Farm New York NY
Farm-to-Chef Modena NY
Foodlink
Rochester
NY
Good Food Collective-Head Water Foods, Inc Rochester NY
Central New York Regional Market
Syracuse NY
Shagbark Seed and Mill Company Athens OH
Chesterhill Produce Auction Chesterhill OH
Green B.E.A.N. Delivery Cincinnati OH
The West Side Market Cleveland OH
Green B.E.A.N. Delivery Columbus OH
Local Matters Columbus OH
Miami Valley Farm to Chef Dayton OH
Local Roots Market & Café (Wooster Local Foods Cooperative) Wooster OH
Oklahoma Food Cooperative Oklahoma City OK
Urban Agrarian Oklahoma City OK
Central Oregon Locavore Bend OR
Country Natural Beef Burns OR
Eugene Local Foods Eugene OR
Organically Grown Company Eugene OR
Eat Oregon First Hillsboro OR
Gorge Grown Food Network Hood River OR
Oregon City Farmers Market Oregon City OR
Portland Growers Alliance Portland OR
Tuscarora Organic Growers Cooperative Hustontown PA
Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative Leola PA
Meadville Market House Meadville PA
GroundWork Farms Millheim PA
Common Market Philadelphia Philadelphia PA
Fair Food Philly Philadelphia PA
Greensgrow Farm Philadelphia PA
Philly CowShare
Philadelphia
PA
Penn's Corner Farm Alliance
Pittsburgh
PA
Clarion River Organics Sligo PA
Farm Fresh Rhode Island - Market Mobile Pawtucket RI
Little City Growers Providence RI
GrowFood Carolina Charleston SC
South Carolina State Farmers Market West Columbia SC
Good Food for Good People Nashville TN
Nashville Grown Nashville TN
Cumberland Farmer's Market Sewanee TN
Farm to Table Texas
Austin
TX
Greenling Austin TX
Rosewood Fresh Food Hub Austin TX
Cross Timbers Food Cooperative
Denton
TX
Centro Obrero del Fronterizo, Inc. dba La Mujer Obrera El Paso TX
Divine Leaders Inc. Houston TX
Bountiful Sprout
Wimberley
TX
Appalachian Harvest (Appalachian Sustainable Development) Abingdon VA
Arcadia Alexandria VA
Horse and Buggy Produce Charlottesville VA
Local Food Hub Charlottesville VA
Relay Foods Charlottesville VA
Blue Ridge Produce Company Elkwood VA
Virginia Natural Fish Company Farmville VA
Local Roots Food Co-Op/Lulus Local Food Goochland VA
Off the Vine Market Inc. Williamsburg VA
The Fresh Link Locust Dale VA
EcoFriendly Foods Moneta VA
Northern Neck Vegetable Growers Association Oak Grove VA
Fields of Athenry Purcellville VA
Olin-Fox Farms Reedville VA
Fall Line Farms/Lulus Local Food Richmond VA
Shenandoah Food Rockbridge Baths VA
Coastal Farms, Inc. Windsor VA
Windham Food and Farm Network Brattleboro VT
Intervale Food Hub Burlington VT
Farmers to You Calais VT
Deep Root Organic Cooperative Johnson VT
Food Works at Two Rivers - Farm-to-Table program Montpelier VT
Joe's CSA Montpelier VT
Green Mountain Farm Direct Newport VT
Black River Produce North Springfield VT
Vermont Quality Meats Rutland VT
Saint Johnsbury Local Food Alliance St. Johnsbury VT
Mad River Food Hub Waitsfield VT
Acme Farms and Kitchen Acme WA
Growing Washington Bellingham WA
Full Circle Farm Carnation WA
Nooksack Valley Farmers Cooperative Everson WA
North Sound Food Hub Mt Vernon WA
Viva Farms Mt Vernon WA
Okanogan Producers Marketing Association Okanogan WA
Northwest Regional Food Hub Richland WA
Queen Anne Farmers Market Seattle WA
Shepherd's Grain Spokane WA
21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living Food Hub Woodinville WA
Parrfection Produce Albany WI
Chequamegon Food Co-op
Ashland
WI
Fennimore Produce Auction Fennimore WI
Wisconsin Home Harvest Reedsburg WI
Fifth Season Cooperative Viroqua WI
CROPP Cooperative Westby WI
Neesvig's, Inc. Windsor WI
Monroe Farm Market Cooperative
Union
WV
 

NGFN Food Hub Collaboration

The NGFN Food Hub Collaboration is a partnership between Wallace Center at Winrock International, USDA, National Good Food Network, and others including Wholesome Wave, Farm Credit Council, Michigan State University, National Farm to School Network and School Food FOCUS. The Collaboration is working to ensure the success of existing and emerging food hubs in the US by building capacity through connection, outreach, research, technical assistance and partnerships. By supporting this crucial player in the value chain we aim to accelerate the growth of regional food systems that make healthy and affordable food available to all communities while fostering viable markets of scale for regionally focused producers.

 

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