Food hubs are at the frontier of regional food system planning. With a range of models from rural processing, storage, and distribution to a more urban, food access model, food hubs can provide a wide range of community benefits.
Urban Food Strategies provides services to:
- Engage key stakeholders in early visioning, goal setting, and concept development,
- Determine food hub feasibility (Financial, design, policy),
- Crystallize rationale value proposition and policy statements for food hubs,
- Develop criteria and evaluate site options to locate a food hub,
- Conduct site assessments and planning for food hubs, including design charrettes and detailed concept plan development,
- Compile data and create usable deliverables (e.g. Ppt presentations, project fly sheets) and,
- Create technical and illustrative drawings to depict design and layout concepts.
Food Market Feasibility Assessment (2016) | Community Futures, Kamloops BC
Urban Food Strategies, in collaboration with Greenchain Consulting, Sustainability Ventures, and TRU Consulting, conducted a comprehensive assessment of the feasibility of a downtown market for Kamloops. Through engaging stakeholders, reviewing best practices from other jurisdictions, and making calculated projections, the team produced a feasibility study that recommended a business model, site, and management structure for the market. The study found that if the market could achieve certain revenues after five years, it would be feasible in the long-term. The market model recommended included permanent and seasonal farmer marketing areas both indoor and outdoor, food enterprise incubator facilities, café, brew pub, and space for community education around food systems.
Food Hub Feasibility Assessment (2015) | Township of Langley
In collaboration with Greenchain Consulting, Urban Food Strategies engaged stakeholders in a process to determine if a food hub was feasible for the Township of Langley, one of the most agriculturally rich and productive areas in BC. Despite a good level of interest from the community, including producers, the study found there was not enough momentum for a the project to be carried forward without the support of the Township. It is anticipated that when the farmers markets moves locations in the next few years, the food hub may become more feasible at that time. The team brought in guest speakers, conducted best practice research, and facilitated networking amongst potential users of the food hub. The final report provided an assessment of the feasibility of the food hub and made recommendations for how to move the project into the next phase.
Agri-Food Distribution Hub (2013) | Green Chain Consulting, Economic Development Corporation of Pitt Meadows
Urban Food Strategies, in a project led by Greenchain consulting, provided visioning facilitation leading to Phase 1 feasibility testing for establishing an agri-food distribution hub in the True North Fraser Region (Pitt Meadows, Mission, Maple Ridge).
Victoria Downtown Public Market Feasibility Study (2012) | Victoria Downtown Public Market Society, Victoria BC
Urban Food Strategies team members facilitated a stakeholder workshop to develop performance areas and preliminary designs for a local food public market in the Hudson Building. This market has since been built and is already a thriving food destination.
New City Market Visioning and Site Identification (2009-2011)| Vancouver Farmers Market Society, Vancouver BC
UFS team members facilitated a visioning session that brought over 100 stakeholders together to identify the gaps in local food infrastructure and the key performance areas for a food hub in Vancouver. After the vision was set we developed the main design features of the facility and created site identification criteria to recommend location options. We developed and applied site criteria using GIS to assess and score several sites as the future home of New City Market.