Field & Fork Network has launched a food producer survey and a food buyer survey to help inform their Ready To Grow Food Hub Planning Project. The surveys will be used to determine the feasibility of a food hub to serve the Western New York region.
Food hubs are organizations that purchase and aggregate regionally grown farm products and sell and distribute these goods to wholesale and institutional buyers throughout the region. Their goal is to increase revenue for local farmers, and to increase availability of local produce, meat, dairy and grains for buyers in the region.
The surveys are available online at www.fieldandforknetwork.com or paper copies are available upon request. All survey responses will be kept safe and confidential. Each survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.
The food producer survey is open to producers in the following counties: Erie, Niagara, Chautauqua, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Wyoming, Genesee, Orleans, Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Yates and Ontario. Input from any and all farmers is important to the production analysis of Field & Fork Network's food hub feasibility study.
The food buyer survey is open to buyers across the Western New York region. Input from potential customers is important to the market analysis of Field & Fork Network's food hub feasibility study.
Each survey will be open until Jan. 31. For more information about the Ready to Grow Food Hub Planning Project, visit www.fieldandforknetwork.com or contact Lisa Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org.