Food Value Chain

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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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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VIDEO: Michigan farmers turn up the volume

March 7, 2012
VIDEO: Michigan farmers turn up the volume

For small to large farms it’s clear Michigan markets are growing in local food opportunities.

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Local demand re-shaping market links from farmer to consumer

November 4, 2011
Van Buren County blueberry grower Pedro Bautista is one of the founders of the new Farmers on the Move cooperative and brand. Photo credit: Patty Cantrell

Consumer demand for new taste, transparency, and trust in their food is in fact spurring a new business model – a food value chain —that some entrepreneurs are embracing.

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Cracks in Produce Supply Chain Show Local Food Potential

October 28, 2011
Cracks in Produce Supply Chain Show Local Food Potential

America’s ever-adaptive produce delivery system is coming to grips with a local food movement that may have more traction than meets the eye.

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