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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.
PDF Knowledge Values-Based Food Supply Chains: Strategies for Agri-Food Enterprises-of-the-Middle
Definitions and characterization of "Values-Based Value Chains".
PDF Knowledge Comparing the Structure, Size, and Performance of Local and Mainstream Food Supply Chains
The objective of this report is to improve understanding of how local food products are being introduced or reintroduced into the broader food system and potential barriers to expansion of markets for local foods. Understanding the operation and performance of local food supply chains is an initial step toward gauging how the food system might incorporate more local foods in the future to meet growing demand. Two general research questions in this report addressed factors that influence the structure and size of local food supply chains, and how local food supply chains compare with mainstream supply chains on performance indicators.
PDF Knowledge Fresh Food Distribution Models for the Greater Los Angeles Region: Barriers and Opportunities to Facilitate and Scale Up the Distribution of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
This report assesses the opportunities and barriers to scaling up the distribution of locally grown fruits and vegetables in the greater Los Angeles region. The primary focus of this research is to evaluate how large institutional clients can more readily access locally grown foods through traditional institutional procurement avenues such as large distribution firms. The suggested five models for scaling up the distribution of local foods include local school food programs; WIC Local Food Line; Farmers’ Market Hub; Farmer Collaborative; and Farm Direct Distribution Model, CSA in the Classroom.
PDF Knowledge Values-Based & Value-Added Value Chains in the Northeast, Upper Midwest, and Pacific Northwest
I. Identify more values-based value chains (VBVC’s) in the Northeast, Upper Midwest, and Pacific Northwest in addition to the original thirteen VBVC case studies on the Ag of the Middle project website (AOTM, 2004). II. Determine value-added value chains that could evolve into VBVC’s in each of these geographic regions of the United States.
PDF Knowledge Scaling Up: Meeting the Demand for Local Food
By scaling up, local food systems have the potential to borrow some of the economic and logistical efficiencies of the industrial food system while retaining social and environmental priorities such as sustainable agricultural practices and profitability for small- and mid-scale family farms and food businesses.
PDF Knowledge Innovative Strategies for Meeting New Markets
The purpose of this exploratory study is to provide concrete tools and inspiration for producers and others who address the challenges inherent in scaling up agricultural production and expanding into new markets.
PDF Knowledge Community Food Enterprise: Local Success in a Global Marketplace
This report provides a detailed field report on the performance of 24 community food enterprises (CFEs), half inside the United States and half international. CFEs represent a huge diversity of legal forms, scales, activities, and designs and from these case studies, this report addresses four questions: • what strategies are community food enterprises deploying to heighten their competitiveness? • What are the major challenges facing these enterprises and the ways they are overcoming those challenges? • How well are these enterprises meeting the triple bottom lines of profit, people, and planet? • To what extent are successful CFE models capable of being replicated worldwide?
PDF Knowledge The Distribution of Local Food Through Consumer Cooperatives in the Northeast
Does a local food market offer viable marketing opportunities to local farmers? In an attempt to find an answer, we ask: Is there a market demand for locally produced food? If so, for which products? In what quantities? In what setting? And at what cost to the farmer and consumer?
PDF Knowledge Food System Infrastructure: Michigan Good Food Work Group Report
This report was developed with leadership from the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University, the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the Michigan Food Policy Council. This report, along with the others in the series, provides the foundation for the goals and agenda priorities put forth in the Michigan Good Food Charter.
PDF Knowledge A California Network of Regional Food Hubs: A Vision Statement and Strategic Implementation
This paper outlines a vision and implementation plan for an improved regional wholesale marketing system that addresses the major barriers and risks that limit small family farmers’ ability to bring good food to market and in turn provide consumers and communities with access to good food. The vision presented in this paper is of a new statewide organization that networks regional aggregators and distributors into a system that expands marketing opportunities, reduces risk and increases access to just food: a network of Regional Food Hubs.
PDF Knowledge Food Hubs: The ‘Missing Middle’ of the Local Food Infrastructure
This Food Hubs report reflects the three questions we were asked to address in the research brief, namely: (i) what is the meaning of the Food Hubs concept? (ii) what are the main commercial examples? (iii) what is the relevance of Food Hubs to the Welsh agri-food strategy
PDF Knowledge An Investigation into the Workings of Small Scale Food Hubs
This report investigates a range of different small scale food hubs across the UK to determine whether there were common factors in their features, development and services.
PDF Knowledge Regional Food Hub Resources from USDA v1
This is not a comprehensive list, but an edited selection of USDA programs that have previously supported regional food hubs, with examples of funded projects. Many other USDA programs support various activities of regional food hubs.
PDF Knowledge Regional Food Hubs: Understanding Scope and Scale - Preliminary Findings - Public Markets
Preliminary analysis of the survey and interviews of public markets engaged in food hub activities. Originally presented at the NAPMM Annual Conference, April 16, 2011. Collected and prepared by the Food Hub Collaboration: Wallace Center at Winrock International, National Good Food Network, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, National Association of Produce Market Managers and the Project for Public Spaces.
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