Resources for starting and scaling up a food hub

Resources for food hubs - image of Tasmanian Produce Co - a food hub that the Open Food Network works with in Tasmania

Food hubs source local produce (e.g. meat, dairy, bread, seasonal fruit and vegetables and even drinks) and sell them through a hubs to the local community.

It’s a great model for everyone involved:

  • Farmers and producers are able to get a fair price for their products and don’t need to focus as much of their attention on marketing and distributing them.
  • Consumers are able to find and buy fresh, delicious local produce and are more connected to where their food comes from.
  • The Food Hub becomes a place to gather in the community, connecting farmers and producers to each other and the people who buy food.

Food hubs range in scale from volunteer-run buying groups using temporary spaces for receipt and packing of goods (like community or school halls, churches and garages) to permanent and well-established hubs providing a variety of business, educational and/or food access services.

The Open Food Network has been working with food hubs for over ten years, and has put together a huge list of resources for new and established community food enterprises. Access them through the link below. 

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