We are looking for farms to sell to the food hub to fulfill contracts for healthy food boxes.

The LocalShare team works with partner farms’ schedules to glean surplus and pick up market leftovers.

As we enter the 2023 growing season, the Foodshed Alliance is seeking new farm partners for two opportunities: increase your farm sales with steady distribution and income through a growing Food Hub, and reduce surplus waste by connecting with neighbors facing food insecurity through LocalShare. Increasing healthy food access is at the core of the Foodshed Alliance’s mission, at the heart of the creation of the Food Hub partnership with Urban Agriculture Cooperative, and the main goal of the the Foodshed Alliance’s LocalShare program.

Through a partnership between Foodshed Alliance and Urban Agriculture Cooperative (UAC), The Cooperative Market Food Hub is entering its 4th season and rapidly expanding. UAC has built connections to tap into monthly funding for state food-access programs to distribute weekly boxes of fresh farm-food directly to recipients. Through these connections, the Food Hub offers farmers a fair rate for their products, resulting in reliable and consistent incomes for farmers, while connecting fresh and high-quality farm food with Newark communities. The Foodshed Alliance and UAC are seeking additional rural farm partners to help supply the Food Hub in the upcoming season.

The mission of the Foodshed Alliance’s LocalShare program is twofold: to reduce food waste on farms and increase access to nutritious, farm-fresh foods for communities facing food and nutrition insecurity. Each year LocalShare rescues more than a 100,000 pounds of fresh food on farms that would otherwise not be eaten, and provides that nutritious food to people struggling to get enough to eat. The LocalShare team works to fit as seamlessly as possible into partner farms’ schedules to glean surplus and pick up market leftovers. Throughout the season, the Foodshed Alliance promotes the businesses of partner farms through social media and email communications, and LocalShare volunteers frequently become dedicated farm customers. At the end of each season, farmers are provided with donation totals for tax purposes, and gleaned donations are covered under the Bill Emerson Charitable Donations Act. LocalShare is seeking additional farm partners for ongoing gleanings to help keep partners’ farm fields productive by means of removing surplus, and to meet the increasing hunger needs of our surrounding communities by providing fresh and healthy foods.

For more information and to connect with The Cooperative Market Food Hub: Reach out to Ursula Kirk, Food Hub Program Manager at urbanagmarket@gmail.com or Emilio Panasci, Executive Director of Urban Agriculture Cooperative at  urban.agco@gmail.com.

Contact LocalShare now to discuss working together in the growing season! Reach out to Christine Parauda, LocalShare Program Coordinator at Christine@FoodshedAlliance.org.