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Maryland Food Hubs

Maryland Food Hub Reports. The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) prepared a summary report in 2014 (and an update to the report in 2015) on existing and emerging Food Hubs across Maryland. The report recognizes local efforts, lets elected officials know of serious efforts being undertaken in the state to help consumers gain better access to locally grown food, helps identify areas of need, and provides a blueprint for the state. SMADC undertook this report through a transparent process, inviting all willing hubs to participate.

NEW! SMADC worked with Wallace Center at Winrock International on a supplemental Maryland Food Hub Report: Maryland Food Hubs: Scaling Food System Impact.

September 2015 Food Hub Report: EXISTING AND EMERGING FOOD HUBS IN MARYLAND 2015

September 2014 Food Hub Report: Existing and Emerging Food Hubs in Maryland 2014

SMADC is working with the Wallace Center at Winrock International and National Good Food Network on a supplemental Maryland Food Hub Report, to be released in the spring of 2016.

State-wide Food Hub Convenings.

  • July 2014: Town Creek Foundation hosted the first-ever convening of Food Hubs in Maryland. The event was well received and many requested that the meetings be continued.
  • July 2015: SMADC saw tremendous worth in sharing lessons learned, cross-marketing and working synergistically where possible, and therefore offered to help coordinate additional convenings. With funding from Town Creek Foundation,┬áSMADC and the Wallace Center at Winrock International hosted a training session for Emerging and Early Stage Food Hubs.
  • November 2015: SMADC and other existing and emerging food hubs in the region met for a tour and convening of Common Market, one of the oldest Food Hubs in the Mid-Atlantic.
  • January 2016: SMADC and the Wallace Center held a discussion about regional food hubs at the Future Harvest CASA annual event.
  • May 2016: SMADC and existing and emerging food hubs met for a tour and discussion of Friends and Farms, a Maryland food hub. The tour was followed by a discussion with the Maryland Food Center Authority, the Wallace Center and other stakeholders about research underway on the existence of and potential for food hubs in Maryland.

To find out more about upcoming events, contact pwentworth@smadc.com or 301-274-1922 x1.

Southern Maryland Food Hub / Agricultural Business Park and Food Innovation Center. SMADC is in the process of developing a food hub for Southern Maryland (aka: Ag and Food Innovation Center). More information: www.smadc.com/programs/agcenter.html.

Hub and Spoke Program. In partnership with Farming 4 Hunger (www.farming4hunger.com), SMADC continues to build capacity for local farms while supporting the community in creating access to fresh, local foods for all. More information: www.smadc.com/food_farms_nutr/hubspoke.html

Food Maps. With the John Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future (www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-center-for-a-livable-future/projects/food_system_mapping/), SMADC created a comprehensive, interactive food map of Southern Maryland food systems which allows users to overlay data in various areas (agriculture, food distribution, health, public transportation, etc.) More information: www.smadc.com/food_farms_nutr/map.html

 

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Read more about SMADC's role in healthy communities:
[EBT/SNAP] [So. Md Food Council] [CORNELIA] [CROP HOP]

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Read more about these SMADC programs:

[So. Maryland, So Good] [Southern Maryland Meats]
[Buy Local Challenge] [Maryland Farmlink]
[Southern Maryland Trails] [Cornelia and the Farm Band]

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