The Triangle Business Journal asked us to describe our food hub business model in a recent story. Writer Dathan Kazcick joined us for the Tour de Pork launch and set aside time to interview Co-Founders, Tina Prevatte Levy and Jennifer Curtis. Our leaders described how food hubs help small farmers thrive by providing critical regional infrastructure, including aggregation, distribution and marketing services. According to the Wallace Center, there are more than 230 foods hubs in the U.S. and that number is growing. We’re fortunate that in the Triangle region we have several active food hubs, including Firsthand Foods, Eastern Carolina Organics and Locals Seafood.
Tina and Jennifer both told Triangle Business Journal that dedicated customers make food hubs viable enterprises. Firsthand Foods partners with over 100 restaurant and retail businesses throughout the Triangle. Their commitment translates into support for a women-owned business, market access for 45-small scale livestock producers, preservation of thousands of acres of farmland, and the opportunity to build a local supply chain centered around environmental stewardship and humane animal husbandry.
Here’s the article: Durham food hub continues to thrive – Triangle Business Journal