The Greater Portland Council of Governments is receiving a $500,000 USDA Local Food Promotion Grant for its project, Scaling for Growth in the Portland Foodshed
to address a lack of food processing infrastructure and an inefficient distribution network.
Since then, Real Food Real Stories has been working to amplify the stories of individuals in our local foodshed
who work tirelessly to grow, distribute, produce, make, and advocate for healthy food for all.
com/) Village Acres Farm and FoodShed
in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, that once belonged to Debra's parents.
Many agricultural products in California are produced at a scale that far outstrips local demand; for example, the Bay Area foodshed
, the growing area within a 100-mile radius of San Francisco, produces annually around 20 million tons of food, yet the local population consumes only 5.
Angel and other investment funds such as Foodshed
Investors--as SlowMoney NYC in the New York City area--and Sustainable Local Food Investment Group in the Chicago area are emerging as explicitly focused on local food businesses.
See Margaret Sova McCabe, Foodshed
Foundations: Law's Role in Shaping Our Food System's Future, 22 FORDHAM ENVTL.
Of the various definitions of local, the foodshed
approach aligns best with the goals of urban agriculture.
This is perhaps one of the most important contributions that urban food producers can make to sustainable agriculture, because an urban food system that is networked within the broader foodshed
may be able to create scale economies through interconnected small and medium-size producers and facilitate access to urban consumers.
If you search the web, go to Foodshed
Maps and you will be amazed at how much info is out there.
Portland native Brenda Crow used her experience as a specialty food buyer at Dean & Deluca to start the online marketplace FoodShed
It is a game changer for the entire foodshed
of local and micro producers," Kostelac wrote in an e-mail.
Next on the agenda is a concept he's called FoodShed