What is a Food Hub?
A food hub is a third-party entity that works to aggregate and distribute locally-grown products to consumers from a variety of producers.
Why is Inletkeeper starting a food hub?
We believe that increasing food security and reducing food miles are vitally important to our local communities around the Cook Inlet watershed. With funding from the USDA, Inletkeeper is acting as a catalyst to help producers on the Lower Kenai Peninsula pilot an online food hub in 2016-2017. If the pilot effort is successful, the food hub will go on to be managed and operated independently of Inletkeeper for the long-term.
Interested in selling through the Hub?
We anticipate the Food Hub going live in early May 2016. If you are interested in selling through the Hub, please complete this form. We'll keep you informed about training opportunities to join!
A volunteer advisory council was convened in November 2016 to help guide the development of the food hub. Members of the advisory council include:
- Producer – Emily Garrity, Twitter Creek
- Producer - Paul Castellani, Will Grow Farm
- Producer – Margo Reveil, Jakolof Bay Oyster Co.
- Producer (Kenai) - Steve Dahl
- Alaska Marine Conservation Council- Hannah Heimbach
- Seldovia Village Tribe- Amy Rattenbury
- Sustainable Homer- Kyra Wagner
- Homer Soil & Water Conservation District- Brad Caser
- Central Peninsula – Kenai Soil & Water Conservation District, Heidi Chay
- Cook Inletkeeper – Robbi Mixon (manager), Rachel Lord (facilitator)
Upcoming Advisory Council Meetings
The next Advisory Council meeting is TBD. We are setting up our software and website. Once this complete we will hold training and sign-up sessions in Homer and Kenai. Members of the public are welcome and invited to attend! Contact Robbi for more information.
Advisory Council Meeting Summaries
Throughout the development of the food hub, Inletkeeper and the Advisory Council need your input as customers and vendors! We will be hosting a series of public meetings over the next two years. Upcoming meetings and materials from meetings are posted below.
Upcoming Community Meetings
Our next community meeting will be in Producer sign-up meetings in Homer and Kenai, dates to be announced. Stay tuned for the next one!
Past Community Meeting Materials
November 13, 2015 Presentation (Homer)
February 17, 2016 Presentation (Kenai)
Q&A Summary, Homer/Kenai Food Hub Information Mtgs, Nov. 13 & Feb. 17
February 27, 2016 Alaska Food Policy Council Festival & Conference Presentation