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.
Can a collaborative marketing and distribution model that utilizes existing farmer-owned resources be structured to benefit farmers?
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.
Year of Grant Completion
Geary, Andrea, "A food distribution network for the Northern Iowa Food and Farm Partnership" (2011). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 370.