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  • david.laskarzewski

    Hi Todd. Thanks for the sharing a good question and a good read. In the D.C. area, From the Farmer is working to connect local farmers with customers by delivering farm-fresh produce to customers' front doors: ttp://fromthefarmerdc.com

  • david.laskarzewski

    Hi Todd. Thanks for the relevant questions and a good read. In the D.C. area, From the Farmer is working to reconnect local farmers with customers by delivering farm-fresh food to peoples' front doors: http://fromthefarmerdc.com

  • Jen Begeal

    Todd,

    Great piece, I am sharing with our community. I am currently working on documentary called The Last Crop, which focuses on some of the issues in your article including sustainability and CSA's. Currently we are in the process of raising finishing funds through an Indiegogo campaign here: http://igg.me/at/thelastcrop

    You can also check out our website for more information, links data and media assets should you wish to learn more: http://thelastcropfilm.com/

    Thanks again for the great article.

    Jen

  • Helping Public Markets Grow

    Wonderful piece. Food hubs are an excellent addition to the multiple outlets now available to farmers to market their goods. How they are cooperatively designed and transparently managed to assist the farmer to slowly grow their business is key, just as it has been for the last 30 plus years in farmers markets. I will suggest that talking about efficiency when talking about community food systems may be a bit of a red herring-which as elegantly explained in the book "The Logic of Sufficiency" means that maintaining the Victorian idea of efficiency when talking about systems that require natural resources is a fallacy. Instead, the author suggests that we substitute the idea of "sufficiency" in its place and recalibrate the formula. The entire argument requires a deeper reading than I can offer you here, so I hope you can search for it. Because to follow that efficiency formula as a reason for food hubs, small farms would not "efficient" either and instead larger considered farms would fare better and guess what- we end up right back where we started! So instead of talking about 100 trucks versus one semi, we might suggest that we need to re-imagine the entire hierarchy of negotiations when it comes to regional food and work to allow producers to properly recapture more of the profit from their goods while also allowing them time to become leaders in their community and to be seen as the actual stewards of our food system. And THAT is why food hubs are necessary to continue to help other outlets to increase the awareness of buyers and to reset the "supply and demand" issue with fair price (read every cost accounted for) for farm goods and the best use of limited resources on the very top of the heap while remembering the human element that truly makes community food systems a new idea, and not just industrial made smaller.

    • Helping Public Markets Grow

      btw, Dante would have stuck auto correct into the 8th circle of hell: Because to follow that efficiency formula as a reason for food hubs, small farms would not BE "efficient" either and instead larger CONSOLIDATED farms would fare better and guess what- we end up right back where we started!

      • Todd Jones

        Thanks for your reply. And thanks for the book recommendation! I added it to my Amazon wish list!

        I understand what you mean by suggesting that we need to rethink the way assess the value of nature, and that striving for efficiency on small farms could lead to a slippery slope, but with as much as 40% of food being wasted between farm and plate I think there's plenty if room for innovation throughout the supply chain. I'm biased, of course, but I think that information technology will continue to be a driving force for positive change in the food industry at any scale.

  • Carolyn Sams

    Love seeing these different challenges broken out...especially how a lot of it boils down to distribution and a person's commitment to eating local when possible. Would love to start seeing more people invest in local food systems to drive down cost and amount of food wasted!

    • Todd Jones

      Thanks Carolyn! There's three more to come. I hope this format was easy to understand. Getting food to where it needs to be is one helluva conundrum :)