NABC's Role in Food Hub Development: 2009 – 2015

2009

  • Puget Sound Regional Food System discussions lead to the development of Puget Sound Food Network project
  • November – PSFN website launches

2010

  • January – Began distribution of weekly Live Market “fresh sheet” by email to PSFN members to promote the sale of local products
  • June – Opened of Skagit Wholesale Market in the parking lot underpass at the Skagit Food Coop for 15 weeks
  • September – Piloted the Seattle Wholesale Market in the parking lot of Whole Foods Market Interbay for 3 weeks
  • November – Joined original Farm to Table Partnership, a Centers for Disease Control-funded Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant to increase farm direct institutional food purchases that feed low income seniors and preschool kids in King County

2011

  • January to December – Expanded Farm to Table partnership led to over 70 meal sites purchasing from local farms
  • January to December – Continued to distribute the weekly Live Market “fresh sheet” by email to PSFN members
  • March - The Nooksack Valley Farmers Cooperative formed with NABC assistance to market, aggregate, prepare and distribute Whatcom-grown produce. Employee CSA program established at St Joseph's Peace Health Hospital in Bellingham as a result
  • July – Hosted the Seattle Wholesale Market in the parking lot of Mt Zion Baptist Church in partnership with Moving Together in Faith and Health for 5 weeks
  • July – Reopened Skagit Wholesale Market in the parking lot of the Skagit Food Coop for 5 weeks
  • July – Expanded partnership with Seattle Human Services, Seattle Public School District and Maltby Produce to coordinate the delivery of local produce bags for children enrolled in Summer Feeding Program in Seattle
  • November – NABC partners with Local Orbit, a for-profit company based in Ann Arbor, MI to evolve the parking lot wholesale market aggregation sites model into regional food hubs

2012

  • March – Farm to Table partnership goes online! The Farm to Table Store serves institutional food service throughout King County
  • May - Klesick Family Farm begins operating as a food hub for a 2nd party Evergreen CSA program marketed by NABC to Snohomish County and Providence Hospital employees 
  • May – NABC receives $300,000 US Department of Agriculture Value Added Producer Grant to fund the development of regional food hubs in northwest Washington
  • May – Skagit Wholesale Market becomes North Sound Food Hub serving commercial and institutional buyers in Skagit, Whatcom, Island and San Juan counties
  • United States Centers for Disease Control Awards "Health Champion" Recognition to Farm to Table
  • June - NABC provides technical assistance to launch a cooperative processing facility at Port Susan Food and Farming Center
  • July – NABC hosts Business 2 Business Local Food Showcase at 21 Acres Center for Local Food and Sustainable Living bringing buyers and sellers together and marks the beginning of 21 Acres Food Hub
  • June – NABC participates in a King County Food and Fitness Initiative, connecting farms with Puget Sound Educational Services Division Head Start programs to increase farm direct local food procurement
  • August – NABC partners with Real Food Challenge to increase local food procurement on University campuses
  • September –The 21 Acres Store goes online serving restaurants and commercial retail buyers throughout King County featuring products grown by “beyond organic” local farms
  • September – 21 Acres Food Hub begins aggregation and distribution for orders placed online at the Farm to Table Store and 21 Acres Online Store
  • December – Final PSFN Live Market fresh sheet distributed by email PSFN members

2013

  • January – Puget Sound Food Network is integrated into Northwest Agriculture Business Center as the NABC Network
  • January – NABC participates in Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant identifying investment opportunities for food system development and enables the expansion of farm to institution and food hub development projects in King County
  • February – Not Yet Foundation funds NABC to coordinate a local produce CSA program for homebound seniors which kicks off a new farm business, Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative
  • February - Not Yet Foundation sponsors NABC to coordinate Good Food Bag program for low-income families with children who attend Puget Sound Educational Services Division Head Start programs at Educare Early Learning Center in White Center
  • March – NEW NABC Network launches
  • March – 21 Acres and Farm to Table Stores reopen with aggregation and twice weekly delivery through 21 Acres Food Hub...Overlake Hospital in Bellevue makes first purchase of the 2013 season (carrots and kale rabe from Caruso Farm in Snohomish)
  • May – North Sound Food Hub reopens with cold storage, aggregation and customer pick-up at Bow Hill Blueberry Farm in Bow, WA, and with 21 Acres Farm delivering orders to Seattle once weekly
  • July- NABC receives funding through the City of Seattle and Seattle Children's Hospital through a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) to provide technical assistance and food hub deliveries to low-income institutional meal sites serving seniors and childcare programs
  • September – NABC partners with the City of Mount Vernon and the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce to promote the first annual Eat Local Mount Vernon, promoting Skagit Valley farms and the North Sound Food Hub.
  • December - Food hubs close for the holiday break, and start planning for changes and a big announcement set for spring of in 2014.

2014

  • January – food hubs resume business after a 2 week holiday break
  • May - NABC and partners launch the new Puget Sound Food Hub website, consolidating all food hub brands including North Sound, 21 Acres and Farm to Table under one partnership organization.
  • August - Cloud Mountain Farm Center joins Puget Sound Food Hub as Whatcom aggregation and distribution partner, adding delivery service to Skagit and Whatcom counties
  • September - Northwest Agriculture Business Center receives 1 year/ $100,000 grant funding from the USDA Local Food Promotion Program
  • November - NABC receives $177,000 Farm to Table Continuation grant from HumanLinks Foundation. The continuation grant focuses efforts on 66 childcare/preschool and before and after school programs at Seattle YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs, Associated Recreation Council and independent City of Seattle licensed preschools serving low income children and teens.
  • December - Host Bi-Annual Farmer Gathering in La Conner before Puget Sound Food Hub closes for winter break having doubled annual sales

2015

  • January - Puget Sound Food Hub reopens for 2015 season - first fresh sheet of 2015 sent January 5
  • January - NABC is awarded a $9,900 grant from the City of Seattle to support Farm to Table deliveries through the Puget Sound Food Hub
  • April and December – Host Bi-Annual Farmer Gathering in La Conner
  • Puget Sound Food Hub ends 2015 with sales just under $1 Million

2016

  • January 1 - Puget Sound Food Hub reopens for 2016 season
  • February – Tahoma Farms joins the PSFH as the first Pierce County farm
  • March – Terra Organics/Tahoma Farms partners with the Puget Sound Food Hub to provide aggregation for Pierce County farmers and operate a delivery route from Woodinville to Tacoma
  • April 15, 2016 – The Puget Sound Food Hub transitions to a farmer owned cooperative and legally becomes the Puget Sound Food Hub Cooperative under the direction of a seven farmer-member Board of Directors
  • May 1, 2016 - Warehouse leased on Best Road in Mount Vernon to centralize aggregation and distribution
  • June - Viva Farms partners with the PSFH to provide delivery to Skagit County customers
  • June – New logo, marketing materials, website updates and re-design of the PSFH “What’s Fresh”.
  • July – Northwest Agriculture Business Center receives 1 year/ $60,000 grant funding from the USDA Rural Business Development Grant to purchase a walk-in freezer for the warehouse

 

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