Washington Farm to School Toolkit

The Washington Farm to Schools Program announced the publication of a new toolkit on June 20. The goal of the Washington Grown Food Kit is the help school food service directors learn more about the planning, procurement and logistics of local food purchasing and it also outlines strategies to farmers about how to develop and serve school markets and comply to school procurement policies. Click here for the toolkit.

http://www.wafarmtoschool.org/ToolKit

National Good Food Network

The National Good Food Network (NGFN) includes a network of stakeholders from across the country that are working across the food system to meet the growing demand for healthy, green, fair, affordable food. The NGFN's database includes reports, webinars, case studies, business models, and research dealing with issues related to ‘scaling up’ local food. The website also provides contact information to connect people with regional partners working in the field.

http://www.ngfn.org/resources/ngfn-database

USDA Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS)

AMS provides many resources related to food access, including farmer markets and local foods, agriculture community supported agriculture, supply chains and marketing. The new AMS Food Desert webpage from the Departments of Agriculture, Treasury, and Health and Human Services, regarding how food deserts are identified, grant opportunities, success stories, FAQs and a summary of the USDA’s initiative, and food desert census track data. Resources for grants are listed on the site and include opportunities in 19 programs within the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Agriculture.

http://apps.ams.usda.gov/fooddeserts/

Ecotrust

Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

http://www.ecotrust.org/foodfarms/

Pew Charitable Trust

The Pew Charitable Trust’s Food and Health initiative covers topics such as food safety, food additives, produce safety, and school food. Their Safe and Healthy Foods Campaign recommends policies to increase nutrition standards in schools, and ways to implement rigorous school food safety policies.

http://www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_category.aspx?id=198

The Center for Food and Justice at Occidental College

The Center for Food and Justice at the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute publications page covers topics including farm to school and other farm to institution programs, and food access case studies from across the Los Angeles area.

http://uepiapps.oxy.edu/cfj.php?x=publications

The Farmers Market Coalition

The Farmers Market Coalition resource library is intended for vendors, farmers, market managers, inspectors, and consumers and covers a wide range of topics including funding, promotion and marketing, insurance and liability, management and operations, EBT and evaluation. The coalition’s website offers resources for farmers markets including webinars, and policy and advocacy tools.

http://farmersmarketcoalition.org/resources/resource-library

Regional Food Hubs: Understanding the Scope and Scale of Food Hub Operations

This presentation presents findings from interviews conducted with the help of the Food Hub Tactical Team which is comprised of the Wallace Center, USDA Agriculture Marketing Service, Rural Development, Food and Nutrition Service, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Economic Research Service and Agricultural Research Service. The Food Hub Tactical Team looks at how to develop viable local and regional food systems by conducting interviews with food hubs, identifies the core components of a food hub, and offers examples of models from across the country.

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5090409

Breaking Down Market Barriers for Small and Mid-Sized Organic Growers

USDA Agriculture Marketing Service and the California Institute for Rural Studies present a background on organic marketing, findings on marketing challenges, and provides resources on marketing to wholesale, retail, and institutional buyers and directly to consumers.

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5081306&acct=wdmgeninfo

Compare the Structure, Size and Performance of Local and Mainstream Food Supply Chains

This USDA Economic Research Service report from June 2010 uses case studies to compare the structure, size, and performance of local food supply chains to mainstream food supply chains.

http://hortmgt.gomez.dyson.cornell.edu/PDF/Current%20Project/Local%20Food/King%20et%20al_USDA_ERS.pdf

Emerging Market Opportunities for Small Scale Producers

This report is the result of a proceeding of a special session at the August 2008 panel discussion that brought community based organizations that work with socially disadvantaged farmers together. The report offers information on farm-to-consumer marketing tactics, market channels available for farmers to increase their farm-to-firm sales and case interviews with produce buyers from Whole Foods and Keany Produce Company.

http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5076556&acct=wdmgeninfo