FOOD HUB MODEL
Headwater Food Hub works collaboratively with a network of regional farmers and food producers to coordinate a Good Food System that delivers top-quality, sustainable foods year-round. For our Customer Partners, we provide a one-stop-shop for this area’s best produce, meat, dairy, and value-added goods. For our Farmer and Food Producer Partners, we provide a consistent, large, and fair market for their products. Headwater Food Hub is connecting the dots of Farm to Table and brings transparency and integrity to the food supply chain. We are committed to a Good Food System that positively impacts our Community’s Health and provides our customers with the best Good Food options possible.
Headwater Food Hub is developing strategic relationships with like-minded Food Hubs in other areas of the region. We seek to help build a Network of Food Hubs that can deliver the volume, continuity, and diversity our customers desire. As Headwater Food Hub works to establish a Good Food System, an alternative to the problematic industrial food system, we believe that Economies of Collaboration can and will compete with Economies of Scale.
PARTNER FOOD HUBS:
OUR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Certified as a Benefit Corporation (“B-Corp”) meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, Headwater Food Hub has built relationships and trust within a values-based supply chain that can deliver Good Food in volume. We believe that on-going innovation and dedication are necessary to move our community’s food system towards a more sustainable future.
It starts on the farms... New York is home to thousands of small and medium scale farmers and producers working hard to grow fresh, sustainable food year-round. The richness of New York soil, the abundance of fresh water and the accumulated knowledge of these farmers is one of the greatest resources we have.
It finishes in the kitchen... Committing to Good Food and transparent supply chains helps to maintain and improve these farms along with the infrastructure and systems that process and deliver it. Working with a food hub allows restaurants and individuals alike to support many farms, building relationships from soil to table, and invest in our community’s capacity to create a sustainable Good Food System for our future.
GOOD FOOD CRITERIA
ONE: Food is grown or raised using sustainable, if not regenerative, agricultural practices.
TWO: Animals are pasture-raised, fed their natural diets, husbanded and slaughtered humanely.
THREE: Food is responsibly and respectfully sourced from an identified producer, as local as practical.
FOUR: Fair labor practices are used to grow, raise and process food.
FIVE: There are a wide variety of desirable options that support a complete diet and agricultural diversification.
SIX: No (or minimal) use of synthetic chemicals and unhealthy ingredients, and no (or minimal) residues in the food.
SEVEN: Food is fresh, flavorful, nutrient dense, and minimally processed for optimal nutrition.
EIGHT: Sourcing promotes local ownership, small to mid-sized businesses, and an inclusive and living economy.