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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.




National Farm to School Network

Farm to School (USDA)

Farm to College New England



Farm-To- Hospital

Farm to Hospital (IATP)

FoodHub Farm to Hospital

Farm to Institution Initiatives (USDA)




Six U.S. Correctional Facilities With 'Farm to Prison' Local Food Sourcing Programs

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Prison Farm Programs



Producer Cooperatives

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

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



New Generation Cooperatives

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

Success Factors for New Generation Cooperatives (IFAMA)

Success Factors for Value-Added New Generation Cooperatives

Do New Generation Cooperatives Make A Difference?

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



Limited Liability Corporations and Partnerships

Starting, Organizing, and Managing an LLC for a Farm Business

Limited Liability Company: A Farm Business Arrangement Alternative

Legal Structure of the Farm Business

Using a Limited Liability Company to Operate a Pennsylvania Family Farm Business



Buy-Local Programs

Is Local Food Better?

Is it better to buy local or organic food?

How To Start A BFBL Chapter

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




Farmers’ Markets

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



Mobile Farmers' Markets

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




Produce Auctions

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

Shenandoah Valley Produce Auction

Loveville Produce Auction




MultiFarm CSAs

Local Harvest - A Multifarm CSA Handbook

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

A Case for Multi-Farm CSA

A Decade of Experience with a Multi-Farm CSA - Local Harvest CSA




Local Food Networks, Food Webs, and Food Circles

Kansas City Food Circle

Arcadiana Food Circle

Island Food Circle Guide

Mapping Local Food Webs Toolkit

Northeast Ohio Food Web

Wisconsin Local Food Network

Sitka Local Foods Network

Arkansas Local Food Network




Food Hubs

Food Hub Center (National Good Food Network)

Regional Food Hub Resource Guide (USDA)

Retail Strategies - Food Hubs

Food Hubs Could Be Revolutionary -- But They're Not as Simple as They Seem



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