Food Hubs: Connecting Farms with Local and Regional Markets

  • LaDona KniggeEmail author
  • Jacob N. Brimlow
  • Sara S. Metcalf
Part of the Geotechnologies and the Environment book series (GEOTECH, volume 14)


Food hubs represent an emerging model of food distribution that can connect small and midsize farmers with institutions, schools, and other urban markets by creating new value chains that strengthen the local and regional food system. This study reviews the trends that contribute to the formation of regional food hubs and describes the prospects that they hold for small and midsize farmers. Our discussion is placed in the geographic context of California’s North Sacramento Valley using results from a recent survey of farms operating in the region. We conclude that food hubs create a “sweet spot” in matching supply to demand that is instrumental to building a sustainable food system and restoring opportunities for midsize farm operations.


Food hubs Local food Sustainable agriculture Agriculture of the Middle (AOTM) 



The producer survey described in this chapter was supported by a California State University Agricultural Research Institute (ARI) grant and was conducted in conjunction with the CSU, Chico, Center for Healthy Communities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • LaDona Knigge
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jacob N. Brimlow
    • 2
  • Sara S. Metcalf
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Geography and PlanningCalifornia State University at ChicoChicoUSA
  2. 2.College of AgricultureCalifornia State University at ChicoChicoUSA
  3. 3.Department of GeographyThe State University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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