Project ID

M2009-19

Abstract

Matching the supply of local food to the demand requires local food producers to make adjustments in their food distribution systems. This project looked at collaborative models to help these producers make their post-farm operations more efficient.

Key Question

Can a collaborative marketing and distribution model that utilizes existing farmer-owned resources be structured to benefit farmers?

Findings

Through careful planning, including consultation with Red Tomato, a collaborative marketing and distribution model was developed and implemented. Farmers integrated many aspects of their operations into this collaborative model, which included cooperative crop planning, seed and soil amendment purchases, sharing of market demand from specific buyers, cooperative use of cold storage and transportation, etc.

Principal Investigator(s)

Andrea Geary

Year of Grant Completion

2011

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