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Deep Roots Food Hub and its off-grid root cellar

Art Hunter / 25 November 2020

Food Security is a major concern in Canada and globally. This presentation describes the research and development project directed at low cost food preservation over a long and cold Canadian winter and located in Carp, Ontario.

Opening soon: The Ottawa Incubator Kitchen

Ottawa Incubator Kitchen logo

Housed in a 15,000 square foot warehouse in Ottawa, we exist to grow and promote small food manufacturers & start-ups. Our goal is to create a community helping local businesses thrive and for entrepreneurs to bring their passion to our community.

The Ottawa Incubator Kitchen is one component of the Ottawa Food Hub – a non-profit, social enterprise created in partnership across The Natural Gourmet, Mountain Path Organics & Natural Foods businesses, and Just Food, the Ottawa region food systems organization. We have built a platform for small food businesses providing a cost-recovery, low-risk, full-service commercial kitchen to help establish and grow operations, access distribution and provide revenue-driving services from ingredient-sourcing to marketing.

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Overview of Two Rivers Food Hub

Transition Brockville / 20 June 2015

Two Rivers Food Hub logoMany people these days want to eat more locally-grown food, but it’s hard to find local foods in the local supermarket. As the popularity of eating local grows, local food producers have to find ways to connect with these discerning consumers.

Making this connection harder is the fact that most of the small and medium scale infrastructure needed for a complete local food system, such as storage, warehousing and processing, has been dismantled over the last several decades as nationwide, centrally operated chains took over the food industry.

Fortunately, local farmers are innovative and have been taking advantage of market gardens, CSAs (community supported agriculture schemes), and such regional food distribution systems as Wendy’s Mobile Market, based in Lyndhurst.

Now there’s another option with a new twist, the Two Rivers Food Hub (TRFH), located in the former Rideau Regional Centre in Smiths Falls. The TRFH provides the physical and logistical connection between local producers and larger, more varied, markets that demand high volumes of produce (for example, institutional buyers).

TRFH’s general manager, Bruce Enloe, will give an overview of the food hub and its services at our next presentation, on Sunday, June 28, at the Brockville Public Library.

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Two Rivers Food Hub CSA

Two Rivers Food Hub logoThe Two Rivers Food Hub is launching a pilot run of its new CSA* program for the summer/fall 2015 season. This year’s Two Rivers CSA growers are all sustainable, small-scale farmers and market gardeners in Lanark and Leeds-Grenville. Members will receive a weekly box of fresh, seasonal vegetables, berries, fruit and other treats, and directly support a group of dedicated and passionate small-scale farmers in our communities.

  • Cost per subscription: $630
  • Limited number of half box subscriptions available: $324
  • Pick-up day: Tuesdays
  • Pick-up locations: Perth, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place
  • Runs 18 weeks, from June 30 to Oct. 27

Sign up quick! There are a limited number of subscriptions available for this first year as we test out the program in preparation for scaling up for 2016. The Two Rivers CSA will offer a web page with a description of each of the growers, along with tips, tales and recipes to help make each week a gastronomic adventure.

Contact Two Rivers CSA:

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The food hub movement

Drovers Cattle Network / Suzanne B.Bopp / 10 February 2012

In an article called “Five Food Predictions for 2012,” author Andrew Stout writes: “Networked food hubs are our future.” Which might cause you to ask: What’s a food hub?

The USDA website says that definitions for the term “vary from narrow market efficiency functions to those related to visions of building a diversified food culture.” The working definition on which USDA settles is this: “A centrally located facility with a business management structure facilitating the aggregation, storage, processing, distribution, and/or marketing of locally/regionally produced food products.”

So, a food hub is something like a farmers’ market, but it’s a little bit more than that. For one thing, it’s ongoing. Its physical and organizational infrastructure allows multiple farmers to store, and sometimes process, their products there and then market them to local consumers or distributors. The essential components of the food hub business model, according to the USDA, are: aggregation/distribution-wholesale, active coordination and permanent facilities.

The USDA is a fan of the food hub movement and its ability to build a stronger regional food system. It lists the potential benefits: Producers can get expanded market opportunities, rural areas can get jobs and consumers can get access to fresh food.


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