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USDA Releases Report on the Growing Importance of Food Hubs in Rural America

February 26, 2013 |

USDA National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef CattleNews Release – NEW ORLEANS, La., February 26, 2013 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan today announced the release of a report which provides a comprehensive look at the economic role, challenges and opportunities for food hubs in the nation’s growing local food movement. The announcement was made during a visit to Hollygrove Market and Farm, a produce market, local distributor and farm in downtown New Orleans. In operation since 2009, Hollygrove Farm and Market sources from twenty local growers across southern Louisiana and Mississippi. Hollygrove’s mission includes increasing access to fresh produce for underserved New Orleans neighborhoods. The organization first began operations as part of the city’s post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts. Read More

Produce Delivery Service Aggregates Farmers Market Online for Urban Consumers

November 5, 2012 |

Meet the future of retail grocery shopping: SPUD, which stands for Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery. The company provides you with a means to buy organic, locally sourced, guaranteed-tasty, weekly groceries, without adding a microgram to your carbon footprint.

It’s like your local Farmers Market pulls up stakes and sets up camp on your front lawn, except that you only have to glance at your computer to make your selections, and everything might cost a little bit less. No drive to a crowded market, no aimless search for that elusive parking spot, Read More

Community Garden Network with Attendant Veggie Mobile Serves ‘Foodies in Food Deserts’

October 29, 2012 |

Standing in front of Ten Eyck Apartments, a 101-unit high-rise apartment building in downtown Schenectady, New York, can be found the Veggie Mobile, a vegetable stand on wheels.

Today, like most days, it is serving fresh produce for low-income individuals and families very much like residents of Ten Eyck, mostly elderly and disabled residents. Today it is raining, but the casual spectator or curious bystander can still see a flourish of activity from volunteers packing vegetables for those that request them. Read More

Innovative Food Distribution Co. in Oklahoma Brings Local Food to City, Sustainable Farmers Benefit

June 21, 2012 |

Farmers often have many hats to wear—grower, food packager, delivery person, sales booth setup coordinator, social media promoter, bookkeeper, and the list goes on.

Matthew Burch, the founder of Urban Agrarian in Oklahoma City, believes that farmers shouldn’t have to bear the brunt of these responsibilities all on their own. That’s why he started his company in 2008. The company purchases products from food producers within the state at discounted prices and then sells them to local retail shoppers and wholesalers. Read More