Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product
Great Falls Food Hub Feasibility Assessment
The number of food hubs has significantly increased over the past few years to meet the growing demand for local food. Their role in providing the infrastructure needed to get local food into the hands of consumers is proving to be an effective model in many regions. But before developing a food hub, a feasibility assessment should be completed to determine if it will be successful.
In Westminster, Vermont, the Great Falls Food Hub is envisioned to be a location for farmers to process and sell their produce, and for consumers to gain access to local, affordable food. The Southeastern Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) worked with the Great Falls Food Hub to assess the hub's feasibility in the region, and to develop an implementation plan moving forward. SEVCA identified the existing physical, human and financial infrastructure involved in the local food system to evaluate the region’s limitations and potential areas of growth. The assessment concluded that in order to build a food hub, they needed to create a business plan, commit to educating consumers, and to develop a list of activities to build the Food Hub’s planned food center.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) CNE10-074, Greater Falls Food Hub.
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