Aggregation & Distribution

Chair: Patti Miller, Owner, Panorama at the Peak restaurant.

Mission Statement

This Mission of the Hub Club is to support innovative local food aggregation & distribution ventures that simplify the purchasing process of local food to consumers, restaurants, and institutions and to identify methods and take action on growing the local food aggregation & distribution infrastructure in West Virginia.

Description of Work

 The Aggregation & Distribution Working Group was revitalized in 2014 with the generous support of a grant from the Central Appalachian Network to investigate what a profitable transportation route might look like from a hub. With this idea in mind, the group traveled to Appalachian Sustainable Development’s Appalachian Harvest facility in Duffield, Virginia, where they learned about how ASD’s program had evolved its routes and markets over the years.

The group came back and began collecting data on some of the “Food Hubs” around West Virginia. The group defines Food Hubs as organizations that provide a single point of sale for local foods, which are beneficial because they allow producers to spend less time on direct marketing and more time managing their crops and beneficial to volume purchasers because they can simply communicate their needs to one entity.

West Virginia Hub Club Work

2015 has been a huge year for the Hub Club! Here’s what we’ve been up to:

February: A two-day track at the WVU Small Farm Conference focused on food hub development.

March: The West Virginia Legislature passes SB352, expanding the cooperative business statute.

April: Food hubs and service providers gather at Heart and Hand Garden Market in Philippi for training.

June: Mini-grants are awarded to 5 West Virginia food hubs to increase their capacity.

September: The National Good Food Network provides an in-person training for West Virginia food hubs.

October: What’s next for West Virginia food hubs? We asked them, and summarize it here.

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