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National Food Hub Survey 2015

The State of the Food Hub, 2015.


What is the state of the food hub across the country in 2015? 

Are hubs profitable? Is the local food market growing as much as people say? What are the economic, social and environmental impacts of hubs? What are food hubs concerned about, and what are their perceived barriers to growth? 

Learn from an in-depth survey that a significant number of US food hubs contributed to. Designed, run and analyzed by Michigan State University's Center for Regional Food Systems in cooperation with the NGFN Food Hub Collaboration, this is truly the definitive word on food hubs in the US in 2015.





Presenter Bios

Jill Hardy

Jill HardyJill Hardy is a graduate student in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University.  Her research focuses on social enterprise as it relates to food hubs.  In addition to her studies, Jill works as Graduate Research Associate at the Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University and as Outreach Coordinator for the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System or PRAMS at the Michigan Department of Community Health.  PRAMS is an ongoing research collaboration between the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Jill has been involved in various management and outreach capacities with the PRAMS project for 11+ years.   Prior to returning to graduate school, Jill worked for over a decade at the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University where she managed all aspects of survey development and survey data collection projects for various non-profit, government and university clients.  Previously, Jill studied marketing and consumer preference and published as a master’s student studying horticulture. Jill holds a BA in Biology. 


Rich Pirog

Rich PirogRich Pirog is senior associate director at the Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University. His work includes developing a statewide food hub network, and providing oversight to new Center work groups and communities of practice. From 1990-2011 he was associate director and program leader for marketing and food systems at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa. At the Leopold Center Pirog directed the Value Chain Partnerships (VCP) project, an Iowa-based network of food and agriculture working groups that provides technical assistance to farmer-led food businesses. Pirog's research and collaborations on local foods, food networks and communities of practice, food value chains, and ecolabels has been publicized and cited widely. His recent writings include economic impact of local foods, food hubs, and good food value chains.


John Fisk

John Fisk

John W. Fisk, PhD, is the Director of the Wallace Center at Winrock International. He is a recognized leader in sustainable food systems as well as a trained agricultural scientist. Under Fisk’s leadership the Wallace Center has re-emerged as a leader in sustainable and equitable food systems development. Prior to working at Winrock, Dr. Fisk was an independent consultant for seven years providing food systems consulting to several Michigan-based organizations, including provision of strategic leadership and grantee engagement to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Food and Farming Systems, a statewide not-for profit focused on building capacity and opportunities for value-added agriculture, where he lead the growth and development of the organization in its capacity for communications, evaluation, fund development and development of values-driven markets for sustainably produced agricultural products. Dr. Fisk is a founding board member of the Food Routes Network (steward of the Buy Fresh Buy Local brand), and serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture. He is an active member of the Sustainable Agriculture Food Systems Funders Group. Dr. Fisk has served as a Fellow in the Donella Meadows Leadership Program for Systems Thinking at the Sustainability Institute and was also awarded a C.S. Mott Fellowship of Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University. Dr. Fisk holds a PhD in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University, a Master’s in Agronomy from University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies-Agroecology from the University of California- Santa Cruz. 

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