Regional Food Hub Resource Guide Released

The National Food Hub Collaboration (composed of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA AMS), the Wallace Center at Winrock International, the National Good Food Network, the National Association of Produce Market Managers and the Project for Public Spaces) has released its Regional Food Hub Resource Guide.

This guide serves as a resource on strategies and innovative business models for those seeking to develop or participate in a regional food hub. It highlights how regional food hubs support local food systems, strengthen regional economic development and assist farmers, ranchers and buyers in reaching new markets.

For more information on food hubs visit the USDA AMS food hub portal.

New National Funding for Farm to School

Deadlines for the USDA Food & Nutrition Service (FNS) Farm to School Grant Program are quickly approaching! In this first funding cycle, FNS anticipates awarding up to $3.5 million to support Farm to School planning and implementation efforts in eligible schools. Be sure to mark your calendars: all eligible applicants are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent by May 18, 2012, and final Farm to School grant proposals are due by June 15, 2012.

National Farm to School Director Deborah Kane and Grants Management Specialist Greg Walton will present two upcoming webinars to provide more information about the Farm to School Grant Program:

  • Tuesday, May 15, 3:00 pm EST – Implementation Grants webinar
  • Thursday, May 17, 1:00 pm EST – Planning Grants webinar

All webinar participants must register in advance.

For more information about the program, check out the new FAQ guide and sample planning and implementation grant proposals, now available on the Farm to School Grant Program website.