The National Good Food Network held their 3rd biennial Food Hub Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from March 29th to April 1st. Over 430 attendees from many of the 340+ Food Hubs in the USA (and Canada) attended the conference, plus 130 of the attendees took part in panels, plenary and presentations.
On the Wednesday, Robin Morris, the founder and Director of Mad River Food Hub joined a panel called “Hubs as Business Incubators”. Experiences from Hubs in San Francisco, Washington DC, Traverse City MI and Waitsfield VT were shared with workshop attendees. The panel clearly differentiated the challenges of running an Incubator located in an Urban area vs. a Rural area.
On Thursday US Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed the audience on USDA’s continuing efforts to make local food accessible to all Markets. This was followed by a number of workshops including a presentation by Robin Morris on “Managing your Balance Sheet towards a Financially Healthy Hub”.
Overall the conference was a great learning experience and was also a another opportunity to put the Mad River food system on a national map.