A recent University of Georgia survey of state food hubs found that Georgia is busy—through small groups of farmers—providing the large amounts of local produce needed to grow local markets. The survey, which was completed this summer, is the first step in a Georgia Sustainable Agriculture Consortium plan, led by UGA Cooperative Extension, to support the development of new food hubs. It found that farmers and entrepreneurs across the state—whether they called themselves food hubs or not—are already coming up with partnerships to help meet the consumer's demand for local produce. The survey found eight food hubs with five or more farmers and a wholesale component in Georgia. Seven are private businesses and one is a farmers' cooperative. The consortium's next step is to analyze a survey of farmers' needs to determine what would help them to develop strong food hub systems similar to the ones that already exist.
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