Food Hubs: An Antidote to 21st-Century Food Problems?

…from The Epoch Times, June 11, 2015

Laurier local food researcher named national award finalist

WATERLOO – Laurier associate professor Alison Blay-Palmer has been named finalist for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRC) 2013 Impact Award in the Partnership category.

Prof savours appreciation of locally grown food

WATERLOO — Farmers’ markets are valued and the community understands the importance of local food, says a Wilfrid Laurier University professor.

The significance of markets is evident in the outpouring of support for the vendors of the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, some of who lost their livelihood when it was burned to the ground earlier this week, said Alison Blay-Palmer, a geography and environmental studies professor whose research focuses on the sustainability of local food.


On Landscape Architecture & Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture Series #5: Interview with Karen Landman

August 2013
From the LanD8 blog, a wide-ranging interview on road trips, passions, and urban agriculture (naturally)!  Read more


… from The Cord

Going local on food systems

Laurier professor urges students and locals to engage in their local food communities rather than getting food from abroad

James Shin  Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Behind the plates that get served at our tables every day, there are intricate infrastructures and economies that control how and where food is produced, processed and distributed. According to Alison Blay-Palmer, an associate professor of geography and environmental studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, this current food system may not be the most favourable for our local communities. Read more …


Fostering Food Hubs for the Future

in OMAFRA University of Guelph Partnership Research Magazine 2012-13 Agri-food Yearbook Edition (pdf version here)
With today’s growing interest in the local food movement and in creating more sustainable food systems, community-based food hubs can play an important role in ensuring that Ontarians have access to fresh, safe, tasty and affordable foods… Read more


February 2013: Better Farming Magazine
Cover Story – LOCAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION: Regional food hubs need to break through the barriers to growth
by Mary Baxter (including material from interview with Phil Mount)
Many of Ontario’s food hubs are small-scale and driven by social justice agendas. But to become significant players in local food distribution, say some advocates, they will need to develop a working business model. And farmers need to be a part of that…
[unfortunately, stories from Better Farming Magazine are not available on the Better Farming website]

Dec. 12, 2012: The Dryden Observer
The Dryden Observer carried a brief piece on our  ‘Sustainable Communities of Food’ workshop:

November 8, 2012: Spark Air (University of Guelph)
Karen Landman discussing the Community Food Hub toolkit – from a student project at the University of Guelph:

June 6th, 2012: Sustainable Places Research Institute
Solving the problems of food security and sustainability: the emerging place-making agenda

May 24 2012: The
“Local academics join those sharing their research”–local-academics-join-those-sharing-their-research