Regional Food Solutions


Picture cities and towns lush with green: Fertile farmland, rooftop gardens, delicious food. Consider local farmers making a good living raising crops that are healthy for people and the land. How about children sitting down to wholesome, fresh-cooked meals at school?

This future is now! Families and communities are making it happen because they know they must, and because it’s satisfying and fun.

Patty Cantrell of Regional Food Solutions works with clients and collaborators to support this powerful food and farm evolution. READ MORE

Region finances local food with team work

June 24, 2015
Region finances local food with team work

Northwest Michigan’s business leaders are taking innovative steps to address big food and farm financing gaps. They understand that food from the region, and for the region, is a major economic player.

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Local Governments Move Local Foods

May 22, 2015
Mike Burris of North Carolina's Merchant Distributors discusses wholesale marketing of local foods.

Local governments are seeing results on the ground as the local food sector expands. They range from new farmers enlivening old towns to new people visiting or moving to places where local food is on the menu – from downtown eateries to schools and nursing homes. And local leaders want more. All 16 regional councils of government […]

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Matchmakers pull local food sector together

April 30, 2015
Regional farm bounty sold by food hub Red Tomato and delivered by partner Ginsberg's Foods. (Credit: Red Tomato)

She is executive director of Red Tomato, a local food venture. He is vice president of Ginsberg’s Foods, the last independent food distributor in upstate New York’s capital region. The guy in the middle is Todd Erling, executive director of the Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corporation (HVADC). He’s trying to connect soaring demand for local foods with his upstate New York region’s bounty.

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Local food shifts mass market sand

April 19, 2015
Local food shifts mass market sand

More global food giants are feeling the pincers of little local food markets that are helping to transform consumer tastes. Heinz and Kraft recently joined forces to cut costs and keep their highly processed products afloat amid the healthy food shift. McDonald’s is another one struggling to adjust supply chains designed around frozen, not fresh, products.  […]

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Food Hubs: Solving Local

February 27, 2014
Food Hubs: Solving Local

What is “local food.” And how do you get the generally smaller scale stuff into larger-scale grocery stores, restaurants, and cafeterias? The new National Good Food Network report — Food Hubs: Solving Local — shows how local food is getting onto those shelves and staying true to farmers and communities in the process. Co-authored by Patty Cantrell, Regional Food Solutions LLC, Solving Local presents five case studies that illustrate successful food hub and industry partnerships.

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Making Economic Sense of Local Good Food

February 26, 2014
Why do we pick, pack, and pickle cucumbers when we can buy the finished product for half the cost? Because we want to!

Why do we pursue local food when it doesn’t always pencil out? Why are we here? Why are we growing in number, gaining in influence, growing jobs and yummy food, and putting local food in schools like nobody’s business? Because we want to! That’s why.

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Food Innovation Districts

November 18, 2013
Food Innovation Districts

The Food Innovation District guidebook is a package of “how-to” information and examples that can help local governments and other stakeholders engage in and benefit from the growing market for local and regional food.

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Case studies and tips on small farm financing

July 20, 2012
Case studies and tips on small farm financing

Financing smaller farms: New resources for lenders who want to learn and activists who want to promote.

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Small Farms, Local Food Getting Some Hot New Technology

May 19, 2012
The field of small farm business services is growing for Jane Bush's Apple Schram Organic Orchard in Charlotte and many other diversified operations focused on local markets.

In a sign of changing times, the field of business products and services available to the local food set is now popping with entrepreneurs and innovations. This new business-to-business lineup is helping farms leapfrog over many food market barriers and establish an entirely new playing field.

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Food Innovation District: New Economic Gardening Tool

April 6, 2012
Cherry Blossom Time, Benzie County Michigan, photo by John Clement Howe. http://tiny.cc/bgmccw

Toolkit in process: How communities can make space for local food and farm entrepreneurs to co-locate, collaborate, and grow.

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