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Scaling Up

“Scaling Up” local food refers to the process of building the system necessary to make local food available to a wider segment of the population than currently possible.  Key challenges to scaling up include ensuring a sufficient, high quality level of agricultural production, providing efficient storage and transportation, and developing marketing and sales relationships with wholesale buyers, distributors, and brokers.

Resources for Scaling Up Local Sustainable Foods

We have done our best to organize the resources according to categories we hope will make
sense to educators and practitioners working on scaling up local sustainable food. Many of the
resources cover material in more than one category, so they may be listed more than once.
However, resources in category 1. Overview, are not duplicated in the other categories. We have
not put in a separate category on economics, because almost all the resources touch on
economics in some way (and none is exclusively financial).

This list was assembled from the recommendations of several educators, but it is surely not
complete, and new resources are sure to be developed. If you would like to add a resource we
have missed, please send the information to Diane Mayerfeld.

Compiled Topic Specific Resources

  1. Overview
  2. Production and Post-harvest Handling
  3. Supply Chain
  4. Marketing
  5. Policy and 6. Regulations, and Food Safety
  6. Case Studies
  7. People, Places, and Organizations
  8. Case Study of the role of regional food networks in Iowa

Conference information

There are several resources available here on the topic, collected for the SARE sponsored “Scaling Up Local Sustainable Food Systems” conference in Madison, WI in September, 2010.

Handouts and Additional Resources

Webinar Powerpoint 1 Webinar Powerpoint (September 14, 2010)
tiers thmb_Page_1 Tiers of the Food System Handout
Characteristics of Tiers 1 Characteristics of Tiers
Scaling Up: Meeting the Demand for Local Food Scaling Up: Meeting the Demand for Local Food

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  1. Scaling up local, sustainable food systems | Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems - 18. Oct, 2010

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