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PDF Knowledge Growing Local: A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems
This guide is meant to help community members work with local governments to advance plans and policies to support agriculture and food production, and provide access to healthy food to all community members.
PDF Knowledge Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities
A collaboration between the Federal Reserve and USDA, this report focuses on regional food systems as a means for enhancing economic opportunity.
PDF Knowledge Comparison Chart for Certifying as a Group
There are several methods farmers have used to certify as a group. This is a succinct chart comparing 5 options, including GroupGAP.
PDF Knowledge A Manager’s Guide to Food Hub Finances - Worksheet
A companion tool to be used with the Manager's Guide to Food Hub Finances manual.
PDF Knowledge A Manager’s Guide to Food Hub Finances
The purpose of this guide is to explore how food hubs can use their own readily available financial data to identify and address the strengths and challenges in their operation.
PDF Knowledge The Path to GroupGAP Certification
A guide to a group's journey to USDA GroupGAP certification.
PDF Knowledge Beyond Beauty: Summary of Findings
The Beyond Beauty initiative explored the possibilities for expanding market opportunities for cosmetically imperfect fruits and vegetables. This document surfaces the major findings of the project.
PDF Knowledge Beyond Beauty: Collegiate Food Service - Report #5
Opportunities for cosmetically imperfect produce in the college food service market.
PDF Knowledge Beyond Beauty: Hunger Relief - The Opportunities and Challenges of Cosmetically Imperfect Produce Report #4
This installment in the Beyond Beauty series explores how foodbanks in Minnesota have sourced locally grown fruits and vegetables, including cosmetically imperfects, and the lessons emerging from their experience.
PDF Knowledge Findings of the 2015 National Food Hub Survey
The 2015 National Food Hub Survey and its predecessor, the 2013 National Food Hub Survey, represent a broad effort to aggregate national-level data on the characteristics and impact of food hubs. Together, these surveys represent the beginning of a longitudinal database from a large, broad national sample of food hubs.
PDF Knowledge Beyond Beauty: The Opportunities and Challenges of Cosmetically Imperfect Produce Report #3
Report No. 3: Fresh-cut Processing and Foodservice Distribution
PDF Knowledge Healthy Food and Small Stores
A report on innovations to improve access to nutritious, affordable food in small stores—including corner stores, bodegas, convenience stores, fuel-based retail and rural grocers—a key factor in access for underserved communities.
PDF Knowledge Beyond Beauty: The Opportunities and Challenges of Cosmetically Imperfect Produce Report #2
Report No. 2: Interview findings with Minnesota Produce Growers exploring the possibilities for expanding market opportunities for cosmetically imperfect fruits and vegetables.
PDF Knowledge Beyond Beauty: The Opportunities and Challenges of Cosmetically Imperfect Produce Report #1
Report No. 1: Survey Results from Minnesota Produce Growers exploring the possibilities for expanding market opportunities for cosmetically imperfect fruits and vegetables.
PDF Knowledge Overcoming Obstacles to Local Frozen Produce
Common Market, a distributor of local farm food in Philadelphia, PA, launched its line of local, source-identified frozen produce in October 2013. The shipment of its first cases of frozen spinach was the culmination of several years of research, site visits, interviews, and product testing all aimed at answering “the local frozen question.”
PDF Knowledge Small Farmers Can Make Food Safety Work: The Group GAP Pilot Project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
This pilot project investigated group food safety certification as a scale-neutral, cost effective alternative to individual certification by looking at a pilot project based at the Upper Peninsula Food Exchange in Michigan.
PDF Knowledge USDA GroupGAP Fact Sheet
 
PDF Knowledge An Introduction to GroupGAP
The basics of GroupGAP.
PDF Knowledge Running a Food Hub Vol 2: Business Operations Guide
The report’s main focus is on the operational issues faced by food hubs, including choosing an organizational structure, choosing a location, deciding on infrastructure and equipment, logistics and transportation, human resources, and risks.
PDF Knowledge Running a Food Hub: Lessons Learned from the Field
The first in a multi-volume series on food hubs, the USDA released a 2015 report that includes best practices and in-depth profiles of food hub operations.
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