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In hopes of growing the local food economy in Ashtabula County, the Ashtabula Local Food Council has begun work on a feasibility study for the development of a food hub.
Your input is necessary to shed light on the supply side of the local foods market in Ashtabula County. The information you provide here will be combined with the responses of other growers to determine a feasible model for the food hub.
This questionnaire expands on the Growers' Survey that ALFC conducted earlier in the year. You may see common questions; please answer each question as completely as possible.
Descriptions of certifications taken from certifying organizations:
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audits focus on best agricultural practices to verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored in the safest manner possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards.
Organic certifications verifies that a farm or handling facility complies with the USDA organic regulations and permits the sale, labeling, and representation of products as organic and to use the word "organic" or the USDA seal on food products.
Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) farmers and beekeepers share a commitment to work within the natural biological cycles that are necessary for a truly sustainable farming system - a system that works in harmony with micro-0rganisms, soil flora and fauna, pollinators, plants and animals.
USDA Definition of a Food Hub
A regional food hub is a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail, and institutional demand.