Ask most small and mid-sized farmers who sell food to a local audience what they like least about their job and they will probably say marketing and distribution. Driving long hours to sit at farmers markets (or managing someone else who does) is always a risk that can result in unsold leftovers. And even when you have a guaranteed market — like in the case of community-supported agriculture (CSA) and restaurant sales — the effort involved diverts time and energy from the actual work of farming.

Enter food hubs. A key component of the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, food hubs operate on the simple principle that farmers, like everyone else, are stronger when they work together. Food hubs are networks that allow regional growers to collaborate on marketing and distribution. The term applies to a broad range of operations, from multi-farm CSAs to Craigslist-like virtual…

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  1. Jane Kurtz says:

    I know it’s been months and months since you told me you were a writer friend of Amy’s…but on Saturday I’ll be doing a presentation on Make a Difference day–talking about gardens and planting local plants among other things. Would love to have you there! Email me at for details…

  2. lorrainemt says:

    Hi Jane, it’s so nice to see you here! And I’m very interested in hearing more about your presentation. I’m off to email you now.

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