City of Kawartha Lakes Launches Food Hub Feasibility Study
The objective of the feasibility study is to assess the need, interest and capacity for a food hub within the City of Kawartha Lakes. A Food Hub is an enterprise that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified produce & other food products, primarily from local and regional producers. The purpose of the hub is to support the local food economy and facilitate collaboration & coordination between agri-food industry stakeholders (growers, processors, buyers, distributors & retailers).
The City of Kawartha Lakes has engaged Werry CO to complete the feasibility study for the Kawartha Lakes Food Hub. Werry CO will consult with potential stakeholders in the first quarter of 2015 to enhance understanding of the current state of the Kawartha Lakes agri-food sector, to determine whether there are adequate local food volumes, stakeholder commitment and market demand to support development of a food hub, and the feasibility of such a facility. Consultation will be done through facilitated meetings and an on-line survey.
An asset mapping of inventory, supply and demand, potential stakeholders/collaborators, potential for growth, economic value, and potential for other market opportunities and value-added products will be completed as part of the assessment. This feasibility study will guide future decisions and if deemed to be a feasible project, the City of Kawartha Lakes will proceed to the business planning stage to further investigate the potential for such a facility.
The proposed Kawartha Lakes Food Hub is intended to help meet the demand within the community for local food, while providing a reliable market and consistency of revenue for farmers. By creating an aggregation and distribution point, it provides the infrastructure to collectively source larger quantities of locally grown foods from farmers. The hub could also help to build the agri-food industry by bringing people together to share skills and knowledge. The feasibility study will be completed by summer of 2015.
Surveys for food buyers and producers are available online at http://www.advantagekawarthalakes.ca or in hardcopy at Economic Development office at 180 Kent Street.
Should you wish to be involved in the consultation process, please contact Julian Douglas at the City of Kawartha Lakes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 705-324-9411 extension 1234.
About Economic Development
The Economic Development office at 180 Kent Street West in Lindsay provides business support services to all business sectors; with an emphasis on agriculture, tourism, business retention & expansion, innovation, arts, culture and heritage, small business and entrepreneurship.
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For further information, please contact:
Economic Development Associate – Food System Development
705-324-9411 extension 1234
For those who can use a direct link to the surveys: