Regional Food Hub Resource Guide

Barham, James, Debra Tropp, Kathleen Enterline, Jeff Farbman, John Fisk, and Stacia Kiraly. 2012. Regional Food Hub Resource Guide. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service. Washington, DC. <http://www.ams.usda.gov/sites/default/files/media/Regional%20Food%20Hub%20Resource%20Guide.pdf>

The Regional Food Hub Resource Guide was created through the National Food Hub Collaboration, an effort set up by the UDSA in partnership with the Wallace Center at Winrock International. This collaboration represents a diverse group of stakeholders interested in collecting data and profiling different regional food hubs throughout the country. The resource listed is geared towards individuals or groups interested in starting a regional food hub, looking to expand an existing operation, or organizations such as public agencies, funding institutions or non-profits interested in the function of regional food hubs. The guide goes through FAQs surrounding the regional food hub concept and provides a working definition representing the most common functions of food hubs today: “A regional food hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand” (p.4). This guide also runs through detailed examples of different funding streams that could apply to different aspects of a food hub as well as research to date surrounding this collaborative project.

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