What IS the NWCT Regional Food Hub?
The Hub supports farmers by connecting them with larger and more consistent wholesale and niche markets for their farm products. Currently, the Hub aggregates locally grown food from 20 farms in our region and has the capacity to both pick up and deliver produce. The Hub also has an online ordering and billing system. The Hub is operated by the local non-profit organization, Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities.
What’s Happening Now?!
December 2018 Update:
The NWCT Regional Food Hub has had a successful first official year of operations (July 1, 2017- June 30, 2018) and is now serving 20 farms (in Roxbury, Washington, Kent, Litchfield, Harwinton, Cornwall, and Warren) and 20 food buyers (customers) including restaurants, schools, and grocery stores. The Hub will also be actively involved over the next year in helping our interested farms become GAP certified and participating in farm-to-school programs.
The National Good Food Network’s “2018 Food Hub Benchmark Study” of 350 food hubs across the country has shown that these Hubs typically require funding support for at least three years before they can become self-sustaining. A Hub becomes self-sustaining by selling enough product (locally grown food) to enough customers that the small margin they take on each sale is enough to support ongoing operations.
The Hub has received funding support from:
- The Draper Fund of the Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation,
- Connecticut Department of Agriculture, Farm Viability Grant Program
- Northwest Hills Council of Governments,
- Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area
If you are interested in more information about the Hub, please contact Jocelyn at NHCOG.