Project ID

M2014-10

Abstract

An assessment of community resources to support the development of a food enterprise center (FEC) or food hub was completed through planning meetings with community stakeholders. Local farmers and food businesses were surveyed and interviewed to determine their interest in the services of a food hub and FEC.

Key Question

What was the level of community interest in creating a food enterprise and/or food hub to serve Johnson and Linn County food entrepreneurs and local farmers?

Findings

Surveys and interviews of farms and businesses helped take the pulse of the local food community regarding such an opportunity. Almost 100 percent of the farmers surveyed said that they would use at least one of the services listed of a food hub, while roughly one-third said it was likely that they would make use of a shared-use food processing facility in the future.

Principal Investigator(s)

Jason Grimm

Co-Investigator(s)

K. Jesse Singerman, Jessica Burtt-Fogarty

Year of Grant Completion

2015

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