What is a Food Hub?
A food hub provides working solutions for aggregation, processing, storage, and distribution of food and agricultural products. Agriculture, rural development, and community health are impacted by the development of a regional food hub.
A successful food hub creates networks and partnerships between regional value chain leaders and stakeholders. The value chain side of a regional food system is vital for the success of the system as a whole and includes agricultural producers, manufacturers, and buyers with a desire to support the local economy. Agricultural producers benefit by having wider access to retail, institutional, and commercial foodservice markets. Buyers benefit from the convenience of sourcing consistently fresh and reliable supplies, and additionally are able to cut back on energy use and waste.
Connections between community members, growers, and other stakeholders can be made through food hub communications channels and at food hub events. A food hub enables networking, sharing of ideas, and supports teaching and learning opportunities.
The Biofarm Connection
Biofarm™ is connecting regional stakeholders including chefs, restaurants, farmers, manufacturers of sustainable products, and sustaining community members to form the partnerships integral in a community food hub. Biofarm™ is expanding infrastructure for the food hub to accommodate the needs of multi-stakeholders seeking to participate in a collaborative food value chain.
The first step in making these connections is to have interested parties sign up as Biofarm members. See the Membership Options page for more information.