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The following tools and resources focus on the latest innovations in collaborative marketing. Collaborative marketing strategies include those in which small and medium sized farmers archive as a group what is difficult to achieve as individuals.



Buy-Local Programs


• Eat Well Guide - Search over 25,000 hand-picked restaurants, farms, markets, and other sources of local, sustainable food.

• How To Start A BFBL Chapter (FoodRoutes Network)

• Is it better to buy local or organic food? (HowStuffWorks)

• Is Local Food Better? (Worldwatch Institute)





• Farm to Hospital (IATP)

• Farm to Institution Initiatives (USDA)

• FoodHub Farm to Hospital





• Evaluating the Effectiveness of Prison Farm Programs (The Corrections Connection)

• Six U.S. Correctional Facilities With 'Farm to Prison' Local Food Sourcing Programs (Seedstock)





National Farm to School Network

• New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network

• USDA's Farm to School Program



Farmers’ Markets


• Farmers Market 2.0 - Next-Generation Market Models For Farmers & Market Managers 



Food Hubs


• Food Hub Center (National Good Food Network)

• Food Hubs Could Be Revolutionary -- But They're Not as Simple as They Seem (Huffington Post)

• Regional Food Hub Resource Guide (USDA)

• Retail Strategies - Food Hubs (Healthy Food Access Portal)




Local Food Networks, Food Webs, and Food Circles


• Acadiana Food Circle

• Arkansas Local Food Network

• Island Food Circle Guide

• Kansas City Food Circle

• Mapping Local Food Webs Toolkit

• Northeast Ohio Food Web

• Sitka Local Foods Network

• Wisconsin Local Food Network



Limited Liability Corporations and Partnerships


• Legal Structure of the Farm Business (University of Vermont)

• Limited Liability Company: A Farm Business Arrangement Alternative (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

• Starting, Organizing, and Managing an LLC for a Farm Business (Ohio State University)

• Using a Limited Liability Company to Operate a Pennsylvania Family Farm Business (National Agricultural Law Center)



Mobile Farmers' Markets


• Better Health for Food Deserts: Are Mobile Farmers Markets the Answer?



Multi-Farm CSAs


• Is a Multi-Farm CSA the Future for Small Farms?

 Local Harvest - A Multifarm CSA Handbook



New Generation Cooperatives


• Do New Generation Cooperatives Make A Difference? (University of North Dakota)

• New Generation Cooperatives and Cooperative Theory (The National Agricultural Law Center)

• Processor driven integration of small-scale farmers into value chains in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (FAO)

• Success Factors for New Generation Cooperatives (IFAMA)

• Success Factors for Value-Added New Generation Cooperatives (Selected Paper prepared for Southern Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meeting)



Produce Auctions


Chesterhill Produce Auction: How a Fruit and Vegetable Auction in Rural Ohio Helps Appalachian Farmers Thrive

• Loveville Produce Auction 

• Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction



Producer Cooperatives


• Grower's Manual: A Template for Grower Cooperatives (Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture)

• Small-Scale Grower Cooperatives in the Northeast United States (USDA)












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