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"a $58,250 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the feasibility of establishing the hub to bring local food suppliers and customers closer together and to reduce costs of locally sourced food."
Isn't that hub called "The Farmer's Market"? Do these people ever get out of their offices or do they perpetuate the bureaucracy with your tax dollars?
I think its a worthy idea
develop the local market = jobs
create some certainty on crop sales
create new crops to meet commercial demand
identify the size of the market
develop a credible cost effective way to provide natural raised meats into the market
problem is seasonality of it all , what are the restaurants / markets to do in winter months
That grant pales in comparison to the amount given out for farm subsidies.
Farmers get farm subsidies. Some of them make quite a killing for them. Vision card holders aren't always farmers, actually are seldom farmers.
When did Monsanto and Cargill start using Vision cards?! :-)
what happen to the market dictating supply and demand? grant means paying someone to do a study. this is dumb. if county really wants to study this, then they(we) need to pay for it. why is there a county food policy council? does every kansas county have one? i thought the food infrastructure is checkers, high vee and so on?
I saw this on a blog: http://healdsburgshed.com and I thought I was fabulous. While in California wine country, the concept resonates for our community. It's based on the old-fashioned Grange. All things old are new again?
Most the commenters above obviously have little understanding of what this is all about. Try clicking on the “food hub” link within the article for a good explanation. The local farmers markets are great places but they are not food hubs. There is a need to better supply restaurants, grocery stores, schools and other institutions with large quantities of good, consistent, local food, rather than have it all shipped in from out of state. Individual local growers are not well positioned to provide the large-scale cold storage, processing, warehousing, and delivery systems needed. The idea is to help coordinate the infrastructure needed to ramp this up to the next level. This takes some planning and coordination, just what the grant is for. More local food means better food and local jobs.
It’s a clear win for the community. What are you guys complaining about? Since the money is already budgeted by the USDA, would you feel better if it went to another community?
It will pay for one bureaucrat. Then he or she will carp and whine for more money and, pretty soon, it will be said by places like the LJW that farmers' markets can't exist unless the USDA puts more money into the hub. Trust me, you farmers' market lovers, tell the USDA to go cause problems somewhere else.
who pays for this? we do. if this is such a good idea why aren't the producers getting together and using their money?
Local food hub blog here (diagrams / videos / radio interviews):
thanks for the blog. however once the grant money is gone how will this be financed?
Perhaps after the hub is viable and the farmers are making more money, then they can afford to chip in and help continue it, kind of like a co op, or what a co op was suppose to be.
That is a good question and part of the answer lies in determining what type of food hub might be created. I cannot answer this, but it's a question I will be examining in my next video blog - hopefully by this weekend.
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