Regional Food Economic Development
Financial stability on the supply side of the regional food system equation is critical for the local food system to grow economically. To address this need, the Value-Added Sustainable Development Center launched Project ReFED, an initiative to increase job growth and business sustainability in the local food sector by providing business training for, and connections between, local farmers, food aggregators, and retail locations. The ReFED Project’s mission is to create economic growth in rural areas by providing business development assistance to beginning farmers, food processors, food hubs, food cooperatives, and independent grocers.
Below are a few of the areas that the initiative can assist local food producers, small farmers and ranchers, and small meat processors. If you are interested in hosting or attending a workshop on one of the areas below – or have a related topic that you would like to learn more about – please contact us.