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On County seeking grant to study feasibility of 'food hub'


Robert Rauktis 4 years, 12 months ago

"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?

cowboy 4 years, 12 months ago

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

Hooligan_016 4 years, 12 months ago

That grant pales in comparison to the amount given out for farm subsidies.

tomatogrower 4 years, 11 months ago

Farmers get farm subsidies. Some of them make quite a killing for them. Vision card holders aren't always farmers, actually are seldom farmers.

jlmiletich1 4 years, 11 months ago

When did Monsanto and Cargill start using Vision cards?! :-)

oldbaldguy 4 years, 12 months ago

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?

Patricia Davis 4 years, 12 months ago

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?

insidR 4 years, 12 months ago

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?

Centerville 4 years, 12 months ago

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.

oldbaldguy 4 years, 12 months ago

who pays for this? we do. if this is such a good idea why aren't the producers getting together and using their money?

jlmiletich1 4 years, 12 months ago

Local food hub blog here (diagrams / videos / radio interviews):


oldbaldguy 4 years, 11 months ago

thanks for the blog. however once the grant money is gone how will this be financed?

tomatogrower 4 years, 11 months ago

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.

jlmiletich1 4 years, 11 months ago

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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