Copper Corridor Community Food Hub becoming a reality

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Tri-Community folks interested in forming a food hub met last week at the Oracle Patio Cafe.

  Imagine if local schools were able to source local produce to serve to children. 

  This is the most basic reasoning behind the partnership of the two economic development groups in the Copper Corridor.

  They want to create a food hub for local farmers and institutions – and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is backing it.

  Plans are in the works for a possible Community Food Hub. A Food Hub survey is being conducted by and sponsored by the Southern Gila County Economic Development Corporation, Copper Corridor Economic Development Coalition (CCEDC) and Local First Arizona who have partnered to determine if there is enough community interest and if the community has enough resources and support for a Food Hub. Public meetings and surveys are being conducted to determine the interest and feasibility of a Food Hub for the copper communities area which includes the towns and areas of Oracle, San Manuel, Mammoth, Aravaipa, Dudleyville, Hayden-Winkelman, Kearny, Superior, Globe-Miami and San Carlos. This is funded through a grant from the USDA.   

  The USDA’s definition of a Food Hub is a “centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the aggregation, storage, processing, distribution and/or marketing of locally/regionally produced food products”. Food Hubs work with food producers, institutional buyers, and consumers. They work with producers, offering training, technical assistance and business development plans that allow them to produce food and access wholesale and retail markets. A Food Hub may provide liability insurance, food processing and packaging facilities.

  They work with institutional buyers who purchase food for retailers or institutions like school cafeterias, hospitals, senior centers and restaurants. They help identify local purchasing needs and connect them with regional producers.

  The Food Hub works with local consumers by identifying the demand for regionally produced food and providing knowledge and awareness of local food production. Some of the activities they provide for consumer awareness are educational workshops, community meetings & events, food bank donations and composting programs. Their goals are to “connect our food growers to grow a stronger economy and healthy communities”. 

  Karalea Cox of the Southern Gila County Economic Development Corporation says that a Food Hub “provides services to producers that a farmer’s market does not.  Food Hubs are one of the keys to fixing the problem of food deserts.” The survey of regional food producers and consumers is being conducted now and will be ongoing for a few more months. They would like to hear from food producers no matter how small your garden, farm/ranch or business. If you raise cattle, pigs, chickens, grow produce, nuts, or sell/produce, tortillas, eggs, baked goods, honey, jams/jellies, etc. please take the survey.

  Consumers should take the survey to help determine what produce and food products are wanted in the community. How far one is willing to travel for quality food items and what type of Food Hub is needed in the region to fill the demand. You can take the consumer survey by clicking here. The survey for farmers/producers is here. You can also learn more about the Copper Corridor Food Hub by visiting their Facebook page

  Organizations and groups can also contact the Copper Communities to have them give a presentation about the Food Hub and what it can mean for the community.

John Hernandez (525 Posts)

John Hernandez lives in Oracle. He is retired and enjoys writing and traveling. He is active in the Oracle Historical Society. He covers numerous public events, researches historical features and writes business/artist profiles.


Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
Facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Additional Stories

    Superior’s top students talk about life in and beyond high school

    May 24th, 2017
    by

      Superior High School’s 2017 Valedictorian Allison Martinez and Salutatorian Dominic Perea are two students who have big plans for […]


    Top student-athlete awards announced at Superior Sports Banquet

    May 24th, 2017
    by

      Superior High School Principal and Athletic Director William Duarte emceed the school’s annual Sports Awards Banquet, which took place […]


    VFW #3584 is looking for a few good persons to help clean the Superior Cemetery

    May 24th, 2017
    by

    Superior – VFW #3584 has invited  all those looking to honor fallen military veterans to their Memorial Day Cemetery Cleanup. […]


    In Your Biz: Smiling Dog Landscapes

    May 24th, 2017
    by

    Smiling Dog Landscapes is a full service landscaping and yard maintenance company.  The company is owned by Tom McDonald and […]


  • Additional Stories

    San Manuel Pool to open soon for the summer season

    May 24th, 2017
    by

      For all you swimmers and sun worshippers out there: the date draws nigh.   The San Manuel Pool will […]


    Mountain Vista School students visit Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society

    May 24th, 2017
    by

    (Tucson) Brianna Gallego, Madison Nevitt, and Mia Villa were invited to the monthly board meeting of the Tucson Cactus and […]


    Free San Manuel airport movies are back!

    May 24th, 2017
    by

      San Manuel Airport is showing movies again, starting Thursday, June 1. The movies will start at 7:30 p.m,, which […]


    Ray High School seniors earn more than $1.2 million in scholarships

    May 24th, 2017
    by

      This year, graduating students at Ray High School earned $1,279,380 in scholarships to aid them in their college pursuits, […]


  • Copperarea

  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • [Advertisement.]
  • Southeast Valley Ledger