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Puget Sound Food Hub: Farmers take ownership as cooperative

Jun 1st, 2016 | Category: News

In late May, the Puget Sound Food Hub Farmer Advisory Committee determined to form a cooperative and take on the ownership of the Puget Sound Food Hub. The Hub provides a web-based platform and aggregation and distribution services for local farms. This past year more than 60 farms used the Hub and sold to 220 customers throughout the Puget Sound region. Members of the Puget Sound Food Hub Cooperative Advisory Committee and new Board of Directors are photographed above.

The Puget Sound Food Hub began in 2012 as a partnership between the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) and 21 Acres, which provided the first “hub” aggregation site and distribution services into the Seattle market for King and Snohomish County Farms. In 2013, NABC and 21 Acres joined forces with Bow Hill Blueberries, providing cold and freezer storage aggregation for the North Sound Food Hub, allowing customer pick-ups several days a week and serving farm and business customers in Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan counties. In 2014, Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson was added as a third aggregation site in Whatcom County, providing delivery to Whatcom and Skagit customers.

Stay tuned for an article about the new cooperative and what this means for local farmers in our July issue.

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