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Food Hubs: Local Food 2.0

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Meeting Description:
The local food movement has grown remarkably fast in the last decade. There are scores of farmer's markets now, numbering over 7,800 in the U.S. alone at last count, which is almost double the 1994 tally. Plus grocery stores and menus increasingly trumpet their local selections, and food media has mushroomed as well.
 
But lately the movement has begun to hit a wall. For one thing, sales at farmer's markets have not kept pace with the growth, as there are simply more farmers competing for the same pool of customers.
 
What farmers and their allies increasingly need is a way to add value to their produce and increase its shelf life, places where they can cook or can fruits and vegetables, slaughter animals, process meat, and store products. But the costs and regulatory requirements are truly prohibitive, especially for people who already own and operate farms.
 
In the new issue of Orion, award-winning food writer Rowan Jacobsen looks at the recent growth of food hubs, facilities that house such services, as part of the magazine's new, two-year series, Reimagining Infrastructure. He visits Mad River Food Hub in Vermont and interviews people at others around the U.S. to hear what the challenges and opportunities are.
 
To learn more, read "From Farm to Table" in the November/December 2013 issue of Orion and plan to join him and a panel of guest experts to discuss his findings during a live event on November 21 at 4 p.m. Eastern/1 p.m. Pacific.

The call is also toll-free and only pre-registration is required, so please fill in the blanks below and mark your calendar for this unique event. 
 
Details
Date: Thu, Nov 21, 2013
Time: 04:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Erik Hoffner
 Presenter Information
Rowan Jacobsen
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Rowan Jacobsen is the author of numerous books including A Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseur’s Guide to Oyster Eating in North America which won a 2008 James Beard Award. He has written for the New York Times, Harper’sOutside, Mother Jones, Orion, and others, and his work has been anthologized in the Best American Science and Nature Writing and Best Food Writing collections.

John Fisk
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With extensive experience in sustainable food and agricultural systems development, John Fisk serves as the Director of the Wallace Center at Winrock International, a leading voice on   innovative food systems like food hubs. He is a founding board member of the Food Routes Network and serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Sustainable Agriculture

Jean Hamilton
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Jean Hamilton is Communications Director for Black River Produce, a food hub in Springfield, Vermont. She previously served as Market Development and Consumer Outreach Coordinator at Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont, and has worked for numerous farms and artisan food producers.

Jake Bornstein
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As senior associate for Slow Money, Jake Bornstein guides strategy for this organization which helps communities invest in local food infrastructure like food hubs. Jake brings expertise in both finance and farming to this nonprofit based in Boulder, CO, which was founded by grassroots investment visionary, Woody Tasch.