Professionals from co-ops, nonprofits, universities, and food system enterprises investigating current overall processing capacity and identifying strategies to support processing as part of optimal food system development in the Northeast.
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Latest Activity: Mar 4, 2013
Updated March 12, 2011
Who are we?
The Processing Infrastructure Work Group is a network of professionals from co-ops, nonprofits, universities, and food system enterprises investigating current overall processing capacity and identifying strategies to support processing as part of optimal food system development in the Northeast.
What do we do best?
We facilitate interstate conversation and enhance the effectiveness of local efforts.
How do we do it?
By bringing stakeholders together.
o Priority areas for research and investigation
o Processing infrastructure gaps
o Proposing well-defined solutions
o Informing activity at the local level
Why does it make sense for producers, processors, and other stakeholders to participate in this work?
1. Our focus is to specifically support producers, processors, and their markets.
2. Working together on a regional scale, we can help stakeholders optimize processing infrastructure, create new products and serve new/expanded markets.
3. This work group is an efficient way to link with leading edge networks and resources. We can share information about successes in broader contexts.
4. It’s in the interest of all food system stakeholders to collaborate. A coordinated effort will reduce duplication and strengthen the overall capacity of all food system stakeholders.
o Regulatory literacy for small-scale meat producers selling into direct marketso Workforce development, such as for skilled meat-cutters
o Phase I: Inventory regional processing infrastructure and identify stakeholders
o Phase II: Identify key questions about needs, bottlenecks, and strategies in the processing part of the food supply chain.
o Phase III: Stakeholder outreach, soliciting perspectives regarding the key questions.
o Phase IV: Distillation and communication of findings and recommendations at the 2010 NESAWG It Takes a Region conference and through other strategic channels.
Current Participating Organizations:
• Glynwood, Inc
• Northeast Organic Farming Association, VT Chapter (NOFA VT)
• Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets
This working group does not have any discussions yet.