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Food Hubs can provide the ‘missing local middleman’ in local food infrastructure.
They make it easier for farmers to sell into local markets and for people (and businesses) to access fresh, seasonal foods.
Food Hubs can do lots of things, but they usually focus first on coordinated marketing and distribution of local fresh produce. They put the pieces together so that farmers can jointly market to restaurants and food service, wholesale customers and institutions, or to households and businesses.
We’re working to accelerate the development of Food Hubs in Australia through the Australian Food Hubs Network, with a focus on projects that are:
- Established primarily to strengthen food systems that serve the interests of the community;
- Owned and managed through a form of community or public good structure (can include social business, but not purely or primarily for profit);
- Nodes of education, skill development and micro-enterprise establishment ; and
- Conducted on the principles and values of open-source sharing of information, skills and experiences.
You can find out more about food hubs in Australia through the blog posts.
A wide range of resources on the development and operation of Food Hubs internationally are available on the National Good Food Network’s Food Hubs Information page.
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