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2017 National Food Hub Survey

Findings of the third biennial National Food Hub Survey


Learn from an in-depth survey of food hubs across the US. Designed, run and analyzed by Michigan State University's Center for Regional Food Systems in cooperation with the Wallace Center and the NGFN Food Hub Collaboration, this is truly the definitive word on food hubs in the US in 2017.





Presenter Bios

Richard Pirog

Rich PirogRich Pirog is director at the Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) at Michigan State University. He is responsible for the strategic direction, management, and achievement of mission for the Center. From 2011 through 2015 he was senior associate director at CRFS. His programmatic work includes the Michigan Food Hub Network, the the Michigan Good Food Fund as well as the Michigan Good Food Charter. From 1990-2011 he was associate director and program leader for marketing and food systems at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa. Pirog's work in local foods, food hubs, food system networks, economic impact of local foods, and food value chains has been publicized and cited widely across the U.S. His recent writings and research include impact of local foods, evolution of the local food movement, structural racism present in the U.S. food system, and building networks to address social, health and economic challenges in the food system. He has a B.A. in Earth Science from Kean University and an M.S. in Agricultural Meteorology from the University of Missouri.

Kathryn Colasanti

Kathryn Colasanti

Kathryn Colasanti completed her master's with the CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems (now CRFS) before joining the staff in May 2009. Her research with the group has spanned multiple topics, including healthy food access, farm-to-school, farm-to-institution, urban agriculture, beginning farmers, farmers markets and school food supply chains. Her current work is centered on coordinating the Michigan Good Food Charter Shared Measurement Project. Before joining the Center, Kathryn worked on an urban farm and on garden-based preventative health initiatives in Denver, CO.

John Fisk

Rich PirogJohn Fisk, Ph.D., Director of the Wallace Center, has over 25 years of experience in sustainable food and agricultural systems development, with training and application in research, program design, project management, philanthropy and evaluation. Under his leadership the Wallace Center has emerged as an innovative and national force in sustainable and regional food systems. As part of the food and agriculture team at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, he helped develop and implement funding strategies that helped lay the groundwork for the growth in local and sustainable agriculture in this country. He is a founding board member of the FoodRoutes Network, which developed the “Buy Fresh Buy Local” campaign that is now active in over 50 regions of the U.S., and he serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture. John joined Winrock in 2005.

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