External Resources

… collected by our research team and partners: helpful for sustainable food systems development — including Hubs and community food initiatives. If you have any resources to add, please contact us here.


Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement (CFICE): Community Food Security Hub
Webinars, videos, models and projects of the Community Food Security Hub

Food and Labour: The Antinomies of Non-Wage Labour in Ontario’s Food Movement and Agricultural Sector
Digital home of research project examining the role of non-waged labour (e.g. intern, apprentice and volunteer) on small- and medium-scale ecologically oriented farms.

Sustain Ontario: The alliance for healthy food and farming
–  resources, networking, job postings, working groups and more
NGFN National Good Food Network(US)
Links to the complete set of video, audio and text resources from NGFN Food Hub Collaboration Spring 2014 Conference, held in Raleigh, NC from March 26-28, 2014

Center for Regional Food Systems
Comprehensive and constantly growing set of resources for food hubs and regional networks.

The Canadian Community Economic Development Network
(CCEDNet) is a national member-led organization committed to strengthening Canadian communities by creating economic opportunities that enhance social and environmental conditions.

Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable: The Roundtable is a very active networking and policy-making group working on building a strong voice for a healthy food system in Waterloo Region.
Australian Food Hubs Network
USDA Food Hubs resources (US)
Sustain (UK)

foodcoops.org and particularly their fantastic Food Co-ops Toolkit (UK)

Rodale Institute

Recent Reports


Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals: Launching a data revolution for the SDGs (.pdf)

A report to the Secretary-General of the United Nations by the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network …with input from the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems

The Michigan food hub network: A case study in building effective networks for food systems change (pdf). Pirog, R., Harper, A., Gerencer, M., Lelle, M., & Gerencer, C. 2014. MSU Center for Regional Food Systems.

New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System (pdf 1.52 mB)
The report reflects the collaborative work of three partners: American Farmland Trust (AFT)Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) – March 2014

The local food movement: Setting the stage for good food (pdf 1.1 mB)
Rich Pirog, Crystal Miller, Lindsay Way, Christina Hazekamp, Emily Kim – May 14, 2014

Food Hub Benchmarking Study (pdf 236 kB)
(NGFN) – March 2014

Food Hubs: Solving Local – Small-Farm Aggregators Scale Up With Larger Buyers (pdf 2.2mB)
(Wallace Center) – March 2014

Urban Food Strategies: the rough guide to sustainable food systems
(FoodLinks) – September 2013

Findings of the 2013 National Food Hub Survey (Center for Regional Food Systems, MSU and the Wallace Center at Winrock International) – September 2013

Planning for Food-Friendly Municipalities in Waterloo Region
– Krista Long – August 2013
(the most recent in a substantial list of food system-related reports)

The Role of Food Hubs in Local Food Marketing (USDA)

Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management (Cornell University)
Brian Caldwell, Dr. Eric Sideman, Abby Seaman, Emily Brown Rosen, Dr. Tony Shelton, and Dr. Christine Smart

An Annotated Bibliography of Publications and Resources on Food Hubs and Values-Based Supply Chains, found at the website of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute, UC Davis, along with many other resources on food hubs and ‘values-based’ supply chains.

Academic Programs on Sustainable Food and Agriculture

Food, Space and Society (MSc), Cardiff School of Planning and Geography
“Food is at the forefront of society’s grand challenges.”
Food is a unique lens through which one can address key social science questions on resource shortfalls, environmental pressures and social development. A focus on food provides important opportunities to raise questions about the prospects for a more secure, just and sustainable future and to understand the shifting boundaries between the state, the market and civil society. Read more