Increasing Farm Income and Local Food Access: A case study of a collaborative aggregation, marketing, and distribution strategy that links farmers to markets

A case study, published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development, on The Intervale Center’s Food Hub in Burlington, Vermont.  The Intervale Food Hub is a collaboration of small and midscale famers that aggregate, market, and distribute local products through a CSA program and wholesale.  The study reviews the Food Hub’s development, outcomes, and farmer and staff perceptions of successes and challenges after three years of operations.

Oregon to reimburse additional 15 cents per lunch for regional foods

The Oregon State Legislature received the proof it needed to pass the Farm to School and School Garden Bill from Ecotrust's work piloting a local lunch subsidy program. The study, taking data collected during the 2008-2009 school year, shows that investment in local school food provides economic benefit to the state.  The Farm to School and School Garden Bill gives $200,000 to the Oregon Department of Education to administer a competitive grants pilot program in two school districts with the majority of funding reimbursing these school districts an additional 15 cents per school lunch to buy Oregon-grown foods.  Click on the following link to read Ecotrust's report, The Impact of Seven Cents.

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.