What does a food hub do? Simply put, a food hub connects food producers and food consumers in order to maximize consumption of locally-produced food purchased at a fair price. It’s called a “hub” because of its central role in a food system like a hub’s central role in a wheel.
How would you go about making that connection between producers and consumers? A food hub could connect producers and consumers by:
- Making it easier to buy quality food from each producer, which can build market share
- Identifying and breaking down barriers to using local food in and beyond the valley
- Giving producers the information and access they need to increase or optimize their yield and sales.
What does a food hub look like? Every community has its own way of connecting the pieces of the food system. Depending on what was needed, a hub could be:
- An online marketplace like DROPP in Reno
- A food hub could be an actual store, like the one that is opening in Churchill county, Nevada
- A shared transportation and marketing service to producers like the Tahoe Food Hub, Agricultural Connections, or the planned Nevada County Grown Food Hub, which is a lot like us.
- Any coordinated, shared resource, like storage facilities or market projections like this one in Montana
- A grower’s cooperative in the American agricultural tradition like these in Wisconsin and Oregon