Local Economy and Food

Organizations and resources related to building the local food economy

Distribution

The Role of Food Hubs in Local Food Marketing
A new report from the USDA
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/SupportDocuments/USDAReportFoodhub2013.pdf

Economic Development

Community Food Enterprise Report
Includes 24 case studies of successful community food enterprises with analysis of factors contributing to success
http://www.communityfoodenterprise.org/introduction/overview-of-case-studies

Economic and Community Development Outcomes of Healthy Food Retail
This report offers real numbers and examples to support the claim that healthy food retail can contribute to a local economy from innovations like corner store and bodega conversions, urban agriculture, farmer’s markets, and redemption of federal benefits such as SNAP and WIC.
http://www.policylink.org/atf/cf/%7B97c6d565-bb43-406d-a6d5-eca3bbf35af0%7D/FINAL%20HER%20ECONOMIC%20WHITE%20PAPER%20FINAL_1%2018%2013.PDF

Round the Bend Farm
Working farm and learning center, in SouthCoast region of MA. It has a vision of a community of growers, educators, and social entrepreneurs supporting themselves through food and farming businesses, and nurturing the public with real food and place-based education.
http://www.marioninstitute.org/programs-round-the-bend

Financing

The Carrot Project 
The Carrot Project fosters a sustainable, diverse food system by supporting small and midsized farms and farm-related businesses through expanding accessible financing and increasing farm operations’ ability to use it to build successful, ecologically and financially sustainable businesses.
www.thecarrotproject.org/about_us