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PDF Knowledge Geographic Preference: A primer on purchasing fresh local food for schools
In April 2011, USDA published an exciting new rule on geographic preference that helps school districts to increase their purchases of local, minimally processed foods. This guide provides legal guidance needed for school districts to make the most of this new federal authority while complying with state and local laws.
PDF Knowledge North American Food Sector: Roadmap Investment Evaluation Tool
Microsoft Excel tool to be used to assess city food sector investments. Please choose "Save As" if prompted.
PDF Knowledge North American Food Sector: A Roadmap for City Food Sector Innovation and Investment
 
PDF Knowledge North American Food Sector: Program Scan and Literature Review
The purpose of this literature review is to examine an extensive body of the best available research and practices, and to establish a foundation for a roadmap and solid toolkit for cities to spur innovation in the food sector, and thus help improve the adaptability and resilience of communities in the future.
PDF Knowledge Intervale Food Hub Producers Manual
This manual is a resource for both current and potential farmers, processors and vendors working with the Intervale Food Hub summarizing basic operations, as well as detailing policies and procedures to help guide suppliers in meeting the demands of the Intervale Food Hub.
PDF Knowledge Great Falls Food Hub Feasibility Assessment
This feasibility assessment is an evaluation of the best approaches for supporting the increased production and consumption of local foods within the four county region encompassing Windham and Windsor Counties in Vermont and Sullivan and Cheshire Counties in New Hampshire.
PDF Knowledge Central Indiana Food Hub Feasibility Study
A food hub in Central Indiana has been deemed feasible by this study. The study emphasized seeking answers to the question: ‘Do we have enough farmers interested in raising products for a food hub and if so what are their interests and concerns?’
PDF Knowledge Grand Traverse Regional Market Feasibility Study
In December 2011, the Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation, working in partnership with the Grand Traverse Regional Market Initiative, retained Market Ventures, Inc. (“MVI”) to conduct a feasibility analysis for creating a “food hub” in Traverse City, Michigan. The Grand Traverse Regional Market is envisioned as a professionally managed, multifunction facility that supports the production, retailing, storage, and distribution of locally grown and produced foods.
PDF Knowledge Report on the Olympic Crossroads Meeting
The aim of the meeting was to (1) convene local and regional food and farm stakeholders whom WSU Extension had previously identified as having distribution, storage, processing or other aggregation needs/interests; (2) facilitate a discussion on the suitability of the Courtesy Ford building as a potential site to address the above mentioned needs and interests; and (3) identify and propose appropriate next steps based on the findings from the meeting.
PDF Knowledge The Role of Food Hubs in Local Food Marketing
An analysis of the roles that food hubs play in building local/regional food systems across the United States.
PDF Knowledge Community Economic Development Impacts of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center
The Rutgers University Food Innovation Center (FIC) in Bridgeton, New Jersey has well-quantified and documented impacts from the core business and technical services it offers to farmers and food businesses. However, identifying the community economic development impacts of the Center’s programs in areas such as community engagement and network building has been more elusive. Thus, this report chronicles the impacts of FIC’s broader social mission and catalogs the FIC’s efforts to achieve these goals.
PDF Knowledge Central Minnesota Food Hub Feasibility Study
Overall, the results of the feasibility study provide strong evidence supporting the development of a food hub in Central Minnesota. A food hub would offer an array of economic, social, and environmental benefits for the area, addressing a gap in the current food supply chain. It would enable growers to further expand and diversify their crop base, meet some of the high demand for locally grown produce, and provide farming opportunities with more stability, jobs, and economic growth. These results suggest that the development of a business plan is merited, including legal entity establishment recommendations, capital funding procurement proposal, and suggested timeline for phasing in expansion.
PDF Knowledge Farmer's Guide to On-Farm Food Safety Certification
An introduction to food safety, plus tools, resources and first steps.
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.
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