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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.
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?
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