Great Falls Food Hub Feasibility Assessment

Great Falls Food Hub Feasibility Assessment

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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Year: 2011
Length: 42 Pages
Author(s): John J. Ryan, Carl Mailler
Location: Northeast
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This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.

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