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PDF Knowledge RFP for a Food Aggregation Facility Study Project
An example of a request for proposals for conducting a food hub feasibility study.
PDF Knowledge USDA / Good Natured Family Farms Group GAP Pilot Project Report and Assessment
In the 2011 growing season, the USDA AMS initiated a feasibility study in cooperation with the Missouri-based Good Natured Family Farms. The goal of this pilot was to assess the viability of group GAP certification in the US. The Wallace Center produced this paper to share the experiences and lessons from the pilot with a broad audience, and to clarify the next steps needed to develop a domestic group GAP standard.
PDF Knowledge Central Oregon Food Hub Feasibility Study
The purpose of this study was to assess the capacity of the region to support a local food hub – defined as a centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the aggregation, storage, processing, distribution and marketing of regionally produced food products. The sitting of a food hub could provide the following systems: aggregation of food products to be delivered to a local grocery store, washing and packaging area, freezer storage for bulk meats for Community Supported Agriculture or retail distribution, and centralized location for pick-up and drop off delivery system. These systems will narrow the gaps in the flow of food from the source to the consumer.
PDF Knowledge Moving Food Along the Value Chain: Innovations in Regional Food Distribution
This report examines the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of eight diverse food value chains to glean practical lessons about how they operate, the challenges they face, and how they take advantage of emerging opportunities for marketing differentiated food products.
PDF Knowledge An Annotated Bibliography of Publications and Resources on Food Hubs and Values-Based Supply Chains
Annotated bibliography of academic literature, reports and publications from non-profits and research firms and articles in trade, government, and other publications. Published in April 2012 by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program with support from USDA Rural Development.
PDF Knowledge Developing Values-Based Distribution Networks to Enhance the Prosperity of Small and Medium Sized Producers: California Case Studies
This project examines the financial, government regulations, industry business practices, and entrepreneurial factors that influence the development of emerging distribution networks embedded in values-based supply chains. Published in March 2012 by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program at UC Davis.
PDF Knowledge Food Hubs and Values Based Supply Chains: A Toolkit for California Farmers and Ranchers
This July 2012 report describes some of the values-based supply chain enterprises in California and analyzes the benefits and constraints of these new marketing opportunities for farmers and ranchers. Produced by researchers at the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) at UC Davis with supported from USDA Rural Development.
PDF Knowledge A Review of Scholarly Literature on Values-Based Supply Chains
This May 2012 literature review, produced by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program at UC Davis, looks at existing research and scholarship on values-based supply chains in the United States.
PDF Knowledge A Practitioner's Guide to Resources and Publications on Food Hubs and Values-Based Supply Chains: A Literature Review
This April 2012 literature review synthesizes recent reports, analyses, how-to manuals, and practical case studies geared toward practitioners developing values-based supply chains and similar marketing channels. Produced by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program at UC Davis with support from USDA Rural Development.
PDF Knowledge Value Chain Partnerships Final Project Evaluation
Outlines key evaluation lessons learned over the course of the project regarding measurement challenges and appropriate success indicators of the three-year Value Chain Partnerships.
PDF Knowledge Regional Food Hub Resource Guide
A collection of information, resources and background on everything needed to develop or participate in a regional food hub. The guide presents a series of key questions about the current state of food hub development and examples from operating food hubs. It also outlines the role that food hubs can play in regional food systems; their innovative business models; and their economic contributions to local communities. It describes funding opportunities and other resources, best practices, and additional strategies for anyone interested in developing regional food hubs.
PDF Knowledge Creating Change in the Food System: The role of regional food networks in Iowa
Nearly a decade ago, leadership at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and its Iowa food systems partner organizations realized that the technical, educational, research, and financial needs of local food farmers, food entrepreneurs, and community leaders had to be addressed in a more coordinated, cohesive fashion to build long-lasting local and regional food commerce. With Leopold Center and local leadership, the 16 local food groups in the RFSWG developed a common agenda and to this day, continue to share information and resources to carry out that agenda.
PDF Knowledge Making Good Food Work Conference Proceedings
Targeted at conference attendees, food systems professionals, policy-makers and funders, this document is intended to galvanize support for innovative food distribution initiatives, inform and reinforce grant proposals, and spur the development of additional resources for small and mid-size producers, local food entrepreneurs, and communities with inadequate access to good food.
PDF Knowledge Understanding Local Food Transportation Costs
The Land Stewardship Project has adapted a series of worksheets by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry to help farmers understand the costs of moving food to market. This is an Excel worksheet designed to compare the costs of direct distribution vs. delivery to a distribution center vs. moving through an intermediary.
PDF Knowledge Building Successful Food Hubs: A Business Planning Guide for Aggregating and Processing Local Food in Illinois
Building Successful Food Hubs is a resource for communities, businesses, not-forprofits, and others interested in establishing food hubs.
PDF Knowledge Direct and Intermediated Marketing of Local Foods in the United States
This study uses nationally representative data on marketing of local foods to assess the relative scale of local food marketing channels. This research documents that sales through intermediated marketing channels, such as farmers’ sales to local grocers and restaurants, account for a large portion of all local food sales. Small and medium-sized farms dominate local foods sales marketed exclusively through direct-to-consumer channels (foods sold at roadside stands or farmers’ markets, for example) while large farms dominate local food sales marketed exclusively through intermediated channels. Farmers marketing food locally are most prominent in the Northeast and the West Coast regions and areas close to densely populated urban markets. Climate and topography favoring the production of fruits and vegetables, proximity to and neighboring farm participation in farmers’ markets, and good transportation and information access are found to be associated with higher levels of direct-to-consumer sales.
PDF Knowledge Southern Wisconsin Food Hub Feasibility Study
The Southern Wisconsin Food Hub Feasibility Study tests the hypothesis that agricultural production and economic activity in southern Wisconsin could be fueled by the development of infrastructure to intermediate transactions between growers and wholesale customers.
PDF Knowledge Scaling-up Connections between Regional Ohio Specialty Crop Producers and Local Markets: Distribution as the Missing Link
Many local food systems advocates focus on increasing the number of farmers selling their products directly to consumers, but this type of direct marketing is only one strategy for increasing the consumption of local foods. This Ohio State University report explores the opportunities for scaling up distribution of local fruits and vegetables to retail outlets in Ohio by using conventional distribution methods.
PDF Knowledge The Common Market Feasibility Study
This study tests the premise that a values-driven wholesale distributor of food grown in the Philadelphia region can catalyze the necessary infrastructure to both supply the wholesale needs of the Philadelphia market and incentivize regional farmers to grow and sell more product regionally. The study also seeks to develop a model that allows for start-up subsidy to capitalize and grow the distribution enterprise yet can operate independent of subsidy once an appropriate scale is reached. If feasible, the project's partners seek to leverage the operation to further enhance the food security of the Philadelphia region and the viability of local farms through ancillary nonprofit and entrepreneurial activities.
PDF Knowledge Vital Steps - A Cooperative Feasibility Guide
USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Report 58: This guide provides rural residents with information about cooperative development feasibility studies. It defines the feasibility study and discusses their necessity and limitations. First steps in feasibility study development are described and key actions, including important components of a comprehensive study, are detailed. Also offered are criteria for selecting and working with consultants, information for developing assumptions, and study assessment factors.
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