City of Crookston – City to help local ‘food hub’ get off the ground – News – Crookston Times – Crookston, MN – Minnesota News

City of Crookston – City to help local ‘food hub’ get off the ground – News – Crookston Times – Crookston, MN – Minnesota News

City will serve as ‘fiscal host’ for up to two years to allow time for grant-writing, establishment of non-profit, and launch of operations

    With a feasibility study of potential sites in the region for a “food hub” showing that Crookston is a preferred location, City of Crookston leaders have green-lighted a request that the City serve as the “fiscal host” for up to two years as efforts to make a food hub in Crookston a reality get off the ground.

    According to information provided by City Administrator Shannon Stassen, “the purpose of the Crookston Food Hub Project is to create a food hub to make fresh, healthy, locally grown food readily available and affordable to regional institutions and residents. The project would create local, sustainable jobs, and provide new market opportunities for the region’s small farmers.

    “A food hub is an enterprise that aggregates produce from many small farmers in order to create a large-scale supply, which is marketed to regional institutions and consumers. A food hub is a “local food” distribution business. It performs key roles of allowing farmers to concentrate on farming (instead of marketing, distribution, etc.) and makes it easier for institutions and consumers to procure locally grown food.

    “As a food hub operates as the middleman in a local food chain, there are considerable advantages to having that space occupied by a non-profit. A profit-seeking entity working in that capacity has only two options to make money – either reduce prices paid to farmers, or increase the price for…

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