Orion Magazine will be hosting a free webinar entitled “Food Hubs: Local Food 2.0,” a national live dialogue that will revolve around the topic of food hubs and their role in improving the value of local, sustainably-produced foods in the commercial food system. The dialogue will be led by Rowan Jacobsen, author of A Geography of Oysters: The Connoisseur’s Guide to Oyster Eating in North America and the recent “From Farm to Table” article in Orion Magazine, which explores the trend of food hubs in sustainable food systems. Jacobsen will be joined by a panel of experts, including John Fisk, Director of the Wallace Center at Winrock International, and Black River Produce Communications Director Jean Hamilton.
The discussion will revolve around the recent obstacle facing the sustainable food movement with the growth in number of farmers markets, which has outpaced farmers market sales, instead spreading the same amount of available profit across more farmers. Food hubs offer a solution to this problem, providing space for producers to increase the value of their food through processing, storing, and shipping, without the prohibitive costs of individually meeting regulations and requirements. The webinar panel will address the role of food hubs in this value food chain, and their potential for growth in a sustainable food system.
Registration for the webinar—which takes place on November 21st at 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST—is free, and can be found here.