The following page was developed with funding from a U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Local Food Promotion Program Planning Grant. The webpage is updated periodically to provide public access to project findings and resources.
Regional Food System Resilience
Local and regionalized food systems have long been looked to for their potential to generate ecological, economic, and social benefits. Given global economic disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, decentralized food systems are of increasing interest to improve resilience and food security. Build Back Better programs developed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in 2021 identify the need and opportunity for food system regionalization, acknowledging that efficiencies associated with the conventional global food system have come at the price of resiliency in the event of major disruptions.
Washington Food Hub Network
- See the Washington Food Hub Network’s 2022 Impact Infographic! Click here: Washington Food Hub Impact
- WSU Extension publication on SW Washington Food Hub (theme: food hub establishment), Food Hub Establishment-A case study of the SW Washington Food Hub
- WSU Extension publication on Puget Sound Food Hub (theme: food hub growth), Food Hub Growth-Case Study Puget Sound Food Hub
- WSU Extension publication on Linc Food Hub (theme: food hub adaptation),
The storyline of the establishment and growth of the SW Washington Food Hub: SW Washington Food Hub Wild Toad Adventure
At the forefront of efforts to improve food system resiliency are value-based supply chains, mid-scale aggregation and distribution systems, community food processing facilities, and other efforts that are regionalizing production, processing, and distribution infrastructure. In the southwest region of Washington State, producers and agriculture business-support partners have documented the need for localized food system infrastructure, and from 2020 through June 2021 utilized a USDA Local Food Promotion Program Planning Grant to identify both challenges and strategies to expand an emerging farmer-owned food hub cooperative.
Project Results and Resources
- Local Food Promotion Program grant – SW WA Food Hub Annual Report
- SW WA Food Hub Business Plan – key findings (please inquire)
- Draft Case Studies of Three Food Hubs in Washington State (Linc Foods, Puget Sound Food Hub, and SW WA Food Hub)
- Buyer Outreach and Networking Write-up (results from SW WA Food Hub buyer networking)