FamilyFarmed is a non-profit organization committed to expanding the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic, and environmental health of our communities.
FamilyFarmed is pleased to have been a partner with the Dane County Planning and Development Department to release the Southern Wisconsin Food Hub Feasibility Study. The new report shows that a food hub/packinghouse – which would enable area farmers to aggregate their produce, and provide storage, packing and distribution, limited processing, and private labeling for interested large volume buyers in the Midwest, including distributors, grocery stores, hospitals, hotels and schools and other institutional buyers – would create new jobs, and new revenue for up to 50 family farm businesses in Wisconsin.
Specifically, the facility would create 12 full-time and over 30 part-time jobs. Over time, the food hub would also generate additional opportunities for other agriculture and food enterprise businesses – potentially leading to the development of an integrated agricultural business center. The project could serve as a pilot for other local food hubs and packing house facilities throughout Wisconsin. According to the report, large volume buyers identified $18-26 million of local WI produce per year they would like to purchase from the food hub. The enterprise would provide local tax revenue and also add jobs beyond just facility staff. According to the study, 2.2 jobs are generated for every $100,000 in local food sales.
This type of facility builds on the Dane County and Wisconsin local food brand and will help to increase that profile and demand among larger metropolitan markets. The report was developed in response to overwhelming demand for local food, both a local and national trend, and Dane County’s priority in promoting business development, agricultural enterprise and farmland preservation.