Economic vitality drives the sustainability of a regional food system, ensuring that food is produced and sold at affordable and fair prices for all involved in the supply chain. A vibrant food system economy will in turn build the local and regional economy.
FaHN’s vision for economic vitality: Regional food systems contribute to the region’s wealth through the triple bottom line of economic, community, and environmental health through value chains built on fair business practices. Farms are profitable and engage in win-win partnerships with slaughterhouses, processors, and distributors of local foods. All players in the value chain exercise just labor practices. Below is a sampling of resources and models helping to achieve this vision:
Productive Farmland, Profitable Farms, and Farmer Training:
- Agriculture of the Middle
- Catskills FarmLink
- Central New York Resource and Conservation Development
- Collaborative Research Alliance for Farmer Training
- Cornell Small Farms
- Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming
- NY Farm Viability Institute
Value Chains: Production, Processing, Distribution
- Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship
- Eklund’s Processing Inc.
- Finger Lakes Fresh Food Hub
- Kortright Creek Creamery
- Larry’s Custom Meats
- Lucky Dog Food Hub
- National Good Food Network
- New York Custom Processing
- New York Small Co-Packers list
- Purdy & Sons’ Foods, Inc.
- Regional Access
- Value chains