As the agricultural market has consolidated, there has been a decreasing number of small, local farms as they struggle to compete against incorporated farms and economic recession. At the same time there has been a national trend emphasizing the importance of local foods. While the local food movement may have originated with farmers markets, community supported agriculture (CSA) farms, and gourmet restaurants, it appears that there is an emerging opportunity to extend the reach of local farm and food products into markets where most people shop and eat, like chain restaurants, school and corporate cafeterias, and supermarkets.
In this section of the web, CCED has developed several programs providing resources for local agricultural businesses. These resources range from information about the markets to best business practices.
Food Business Innovation Network (FoodBIN)
The Food Business Innovation Network (Food BIN) is an informal collaboration of public and private organizations working together to provide access to facilities and technical assistance for aspiring food processors and business incubators. A food business incubator is designed to provide affordable, community space and technical assistance to help entrepreneurs to get started. Resources to support food business incubators and their clients are presented as well as several community-based projects and community kitchens that participate in FoodBIN. Here is the most recent story from FoodBIN:
Food and Value Added Agriculture works towards increasing the supply and visibility of Wisconsin farms and food products by providing resources for entrepreneurs and educators as well as information about active programs. These programs focus on increasing the market for wholesale and retail local foods in grocery stores and institutions as well as farmer’s markets, restaurants and community kitchens. Check out the latest from Food and Value Added Agriculture: Unable to display feed at this time.