We’re a network of local food hubs working together to collaboratively strengthen NH’s local food economy. By unifying our efforts we aim to: trade goods that are unique to each of the hub’s regions; create more sales avenues for farmers, fishermen, and food producers by accessing institutional markets; create communities of best practice for food safety; make more efficient trade routes; share resources; and build trust and communication. The Network launched in 2020 in partnership with the Kearsarge Food Hub and is currently housed within the NH Food Alliance.
What’s a Food Hub?
Food Hubs come in many unique forms that reflect the needs of the communities they’re in, but at their core are meant to create viable sales outlets for local food producers. The USDA defines a food hub as “a centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the aggregation, storage, processing, distributions, and/or marketing of locally/regionally produced food products.” Learn more about all the different shapes and sizes that NH’s food hubs have taken on in “Meet the Food Hubs” below.
What’s a Food Hub Network?
In nature, healthy ecosystems are an orchestration of living things, working within scaling networks, to exchange energy. Think of Food Hub Networks as a layer that naturally forms on the top of any healthy local food chain system. This layer of exchange ensures that food hubs cooperate to grow and accelerate local food procurement possibilities in their region. Just like food hubs perform a service that no one small or mid-sized farm could provide on its own, food hub networks aim to provide a level of organization and services to the participating hubs that benefit them all beyond their individual scope.
Meet the Food Hubs
Are you interested in joining the NH Food Hub Network? Looking to source local foods for your business, institution, or home? Have questions or resources to share? For these questions and anything else NH Food Hub Network related, please contact the NH Food Hub Network Coordinator, Katelyn Porter, at email@example.com.