As part of our FEAST Leadership Network, we will be offering quarterly webinar trainings on a variety of topics related to community food systems and FEAST community organizing. Everyone is invited to join. Please email Spencer to be added to the FEAST Leadership Network contact list to find out how to access the webinars."
Food Hubs: From On-the-Ground to Virtual
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. PST
Food hubs have received such praise as "Heart of the Local Food Movement", to "Sustainable Agriculture's missing link" to the solution for "Solving Local". While these impressive claims seem like reason enough to start one in every community, it's important to understand the various incarnations of food hubs and some practical considerations before launching a food hub project of your own.
For this webinar we will hear from 3 different food hub projects, from on-the-ground aggregation and distribution, to the strictly virtual:
, is an online platform that helps farmers, ranchers, fishermen and specialty producers connect directly with chefs, foodservice directors, retailers and distributors. With more than 5,000 members mostly in the Pacific Northwest, the site is a "virtual food hub" helping producers from anywhere in the region save hours of time and frustration finding the appropriate contacts to pitch their products.
Amanda Oborne is VP of the Food & Farms program at Ecotrust and helped grow the FoodHub member base from 600 to more than 5,000. She's keenly interested in helping solve the distribution bottleneck for family-scale producers, and sees FoodHub as one useful piece of a robust and integrated regional food system.
Sprout! Regional Food Hub is housed in a former church in the heart of downtown Springfield, OR. The unique architecture of the space and the energy of the activities at Sprout! have brought new life to the area and are working to solidify the community food system in Lane County. Sprout! houses a year-round farmers' market, a 3000 square foot commercial kitchen, and comprehensive food business development services including technical assistance and access to capital.
Sarai Johnson is Assistant Director at NEDCO (Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation), where she has lovingly toiled for nearly seven years. Her background is in small business management, particularly in the food industry, and in nonprofit management. She earned a Master of Public Administration and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon in 2012. Her hobbies include developing awesome programs at NEDCO (yes, she admits, it's a job, but it's too fun to just think of it as work); and playing trains with her two little boys, her husband, and her dog (who really can't play trains, but she tries anyway).
The Foodlink Food Hub maintains many of the same goals as the USDA Food Hubs, as they purchase and redistribute nearly two million pounds of local produce every year. The Foodlink Food Hub is unique, however, because our primary goal is to help underserved individuals and institutions access fresh, healthy, and affordable foods.
Mitch Gruber is the Food Access Programs Manager at Foodlink, the regional Food Bank in Rochester, NY. He manages the programs that let Foodlink shift their focus from "Food Bank to Food Hub," including the Urban Farm Stands, Curbside Markets, and Community Store Initiative. He is also completing a Ph.D. in History, with a focus on food systems, from the University of Rochester. In both program management and academic research, his work aims to show how to use existing infrastructure to create a more equitable food system.
You do not need to pre-register. To join the webinar:
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July 9, 2014 (tentative):
Farmer Networks: Getting Started and How Can They Help?
Archived webinars February 5, 2014:
Forming a Regional Food System Organization - Council or Coalition?
View recording of webinar here.
December 4, 2013:
Funding Strategies for Local Food Systems Initiatives
October 2, 2013:
Moving Beyond FEAST
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For any questions, or to be added to the FEAST Leadership Network, please contact Spencer Masterson.