Support For the Washtenaw Food Hub

See what our supporters are saying about us!

Our Partners

Eastern Market Corporation, Detroit
“The Washtenaw Food Hub will have a positive impact on the health and economic well being of rural and urban communities throughout Southeast Michigan and beyond. Its partnership with the EMC will address pressing demand for fresh nutritious locally produced food in Michigan’s most densely populated areas. In addition, the Washtenaw Food Hub will assist the EMC in meeting its commitment to providing fresh food access for low-income communities. According to the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, actively coordinated food hubs help eradicate food deserts.”

Food Gatherers, Ann Arbor
“Located less than three miles from Food Gatherers, the Washtenaw Food Hub will play and important ongoing role in improving access to nutritious food throughout our community in Washtenaw County. Future developments at the food hub could allow them to assist us with basic food processing.”

 

Food System Economic Partnership, Ann Arbor
“FSEP supports the food hub as it directly impacts our beginning farmer and farm to school programs. Specifically the Washtenaw Food Hub provides emerging farmers at Tilian Farm Development Center, who have limited infrastructure, with access to coolers, wash/pack facilities and connections to distribution networks. The Washtenaw Food Hub also benefits our Farm to School programs as it provides farmers from across the region with a central aggregation point to come together and distribute out to schools. This allows school food service directors with limited time the opportunity to purchase from multiple farmers, thus expanding the array of locally grown food they can offer students.”

Our Supporters

 

The Brinery, Ann Arbor
“The planned wash-pack-processing operation is critical to the ability to scale up to meet increased demand for Brinery products and will save steps in food preparation. The proposed wash-pack-processing facility and temperature-controlled food storage will ensure that just-picked produce retains its nutritional value as it is fermented and distributed.”

 

Lunasa, Ann Arbor
“Recently Lunasa became a tenant of the Washtenaw Food Hub. Joining other local food entrepreneurs, farmers, and producers at the hub offers us an opportunity to expand our network and reach out to more community member and producers, helping achieve our mission of “making local easy” by facilitating connections between people and local food.”

 

Mark Ouimet, State Representative, 52nd District
“In an era with ever growing green awareness, Washtenaw Food Hub is a sustainable option that should be supported. With affordable and healthy food options close by, residents will take advantage of this opportunity. The project will also provide community institutions such as schools, hospitals, and restaurants with healthier food options.”

Moo-ville Creamery, Nashville, MI
“The Washtenaw Food Hub is ideally located to help small producers, like the Moo-ville Creamery, tap into Southeast Michigan’s increasing demand for fresh Michigan products. Once temperature controlled units are installed at the food hub, small producers can deliver fresh products to a single location, where they’ll be held in a secure refrigerated space and efficiently distributed to various retailers throughout Southeast Michigan. This type of arrangement streamlines product delivery, saving transportation costs.”

MOVE Communications, Ann Arbor
“The Washtenaw Food Hub, which is comparable to a “farm franchise,” will work closely with local farmers and distributors to provide the community with Michigan-grown food. They aim to attract families, retail and wholesale customers—and although it is a lofty goal—school systems, hospitals and universities. The food hub will also offer services to farmers, donations to local food banks and annual summer internships.”

Peoples Food Coop, Ann Arbor
“As resident of Southeastern Michigan, we need good healthy food. We also need more infrastructure to enable farmers to get their goods to the eager market that already exists. We are all acutely aware too we need as much economic development as possible and this is exactly the kind of economic development we can all get behind.”

The Ravens Club, Ann Arbor

“New food hubs are beginning to emerge and existing ones are being revitalized as communities realize the positive impact of improving and creating new access to local foods for all residents…TRC will continue to support organizational activities for this promising and important community resource invested in improving our region’s sustainable food system.”

 

Real Time Farms, Ann Arbor
“In the past three years as we at Real Time Farms have been crowd sourcing the documentation of local food systems nationwide, we’ve noticed a glaring need for local food hubs nationally and in our own local hometown of Ann Arbor. As the local food movement reawakens, and consumer demand for sustainable, local foods increase, we need a hub to be able to aggregate, store, and deliver these products to our local community. In our work in Ann Arbor (and nationally), we constantly run into chefs who would like to source locally and sustainably, but find it to be both cost prohibitive and too time consuming. We believe the Washtenaw Food Hub could alleviate both these problems.”

St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor
“The St. Joseph Mercy Health System’s Ann Arbor campus serves more than 3,000 meals per day. We value the nutritional benefits of sustainably grown fresh fruits and vegetables from local sources. This type of dedication led us to install hoop houses on our grounds and grow some of our own fruits and vegetables. However, it would take more than 12 hoop houses to meet our institution’s demands for lettuce alone. As a result, we need a reliable supply of fresh food from local growers and producers. The Washtenaw Food Hub is poised to meet our needs.”

Sunseed Farm, Webster Township
“I believe that the development of the Washtenaw Food Hub, in addition to providing important infrastructural assets, will have a greatly positive ongoing impact on our community’s health and economic well being by encouraging the exchange of ideas and the sharing of resources among farmers. These are the crucial next steps in the development of a healthy local food economy.”

Tillian Farm Development Center, Ann Arbor Township
“As Tilian grows and continues to produce new local farm businesses in the community, additional facilities to aggregate, process, store, and distribute the fresh food will be essential to the success of each new farm in the neighborhood. The proximity of the Washtenaw Food Hub, only 2 miles from Tilian, offers an excellent opportunity for collaboration and shared resources. Tilian is a strong advocate for this like‐ minded local enterprise.”