Roundtable Discussion on Food Hubs
Sunday April 17, 3pm Owl Creek Vineyards
Twelve farmers, ranchers and community members from around the region attended the Food Hub Roundtable Discussion on March 13th. The goal of the event was to get people on the same page about food hub functions and organizational structures and to begin working towards a model for southern Illinois. The presentation was centered around the following article. The full presentation can be found below.
The event included an activity that helped us explore resources, stakeholders, and start thinking about the tasks that would be handled by a food hub. The activity revealed that there is a great deal of existing cold storage infrastructure, community support for local food, and many small sustainable farmers in the region interested in accessing larger markets. Some of the biggest challenges identified were in selecting a decision making/organizational structure for the group and finding and compensating a manager or coordinator for the food hub.
Next steps. There was some interest in beginning to draft by-laws and solidify an organizational structure for a southern Illinois food hub expressed in evaluations of the March roundtable. Rather than getting bogged down trying to draft something from scratch, it might be beneficial to go point by point through the Legacy of the Land by-laws and use that as a jump off point to develop a set for our group. Those by-laws can be made available upon request. The follow up meeting will be held on April 17th, 3pm, at Owl Creek Vineyard. Please RSVP or email Reanna if you would like to attend.
Cost of event: $10
Food Hub Webinar Series:
January-February 2016, 5:30pm,
John A. Logan College room H123
Regional food aggregation facilities – or “Food Hubs” – have been hailed as a way to get more local food into grocery stores and restaurants- and more money into local farms. Across the country, various versions have succeeded and failed. How can farmers and eaters in our region benefit from lessons learned across the U.S.?
Food Works put together a Webinar Series featuring webinars from the National Good Food Network and the Wallace Center. Below is a schedule of webinars that we will be featuring. For a full list of webinars put out by the National Good Food Network, click here, Each session will include a 90 minute webinar with discussion to follow. Registration is required.
The Webinar Series will take place at John A. Logan College. The event will start at 5:30 and end at 7:30. There will be a half hour long discussion at the end of each 90 minute webinar. Food and drink are permitted and encouraged! Light snacks and hot tea will be provided.