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Certification Self-Assessment FlowchartAccredited Certifiers Association (ACA)
Demystifying the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Preventive Controls Rule: Supplier Verification RequirmentsFarm Commons: Rachel Armstong, Erin Hannum Community Alliance with Family Farmers: Kali Feiereisel University of California Extension: Erin DiCaprio2021
A Guide for Food Hubs on Food Safety ComplianceCENTER FOR AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMSWith a wide array of functions, connections, and impacts, food hubs face challenges adhering to …2023
Operationalizing EquitySwette Center for Sustainable Food Systems, Arizona State UniversityThis study explores how state governments are using LFPA and LFS funding to develop or …2023
Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System 10th EditionMichigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems The annotated bibliography provides current research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food …2023, ,
Illinois Local Food Purchasing Assistance Listening Session LearningsUniversity of Illinois Extension In early 2023, before we started rolling out LFPA, Illinois Extension conducted 30 listening sessions …2023
TA to CFPCGP ApplicantsN/A, ,
Funding Sources for Food Related Businesses Jamie Rahrig, Rich Pirog, Jazmin Bolan-Williamson, Rachel Kelly, Anel Guel, Nick McCann, Abigail Harper, Evan Kutz, Taylor Wimberg, Emily KimThe eighth edition of this directory provides an overview of various financing sources available to …2023,
Local Farmers Encouraged to Join Wisconsin Food DirectoryVolume OneNew (LFPA) program allows farmers to add products to a public directory, support local food …2023
Farm to Food Bank- Stopping Food Waste at the SourceHunter College New York City Food Policy CenterA listing of the organizations that are working to reduce the amount of food that …2021
Statewide Equitable Food Systems NetworksWallace CenterStatewide Equitable Food Systems Networks Statewide Food Systems Networks2023
Yes, Nonprofits, You Can LobbyBolder AdvocacyGetting involved in the legislative process and policy debates is not just an appropriate role …
What is LobbyingBolder AdvocacyThis fact sheet provides an overview of how lobbying is defined for organizations that measure …
When Does Your Activity Become LobbyingBolder AdvocacyWhen does the clock start ticking? You must begin measuring your lobbying activity when the …
Tackling Food Fraud through Food Safety Management SystemsGlobal Food Safety Initiative (GFSi)GFSI defined food fraud as below: “Food fraud, including the subcategory of economically motivated adulteration, …2018
Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption; Final RuleFood and Drug AdministrationTo minimize the risk of serious adverse health consequences or death from consumption of contaminated …2015
VCC Evaluation TemplateWallace CenterVCC Evaluation Template The goal of this template is to help Value Chain Coordination (VCC) …2023,
Value Chain Coordination Evaluation GuideN/AValue Chain Coordination Evaluation Guide This guide and the accompanying evaluation template are designed to …,
Using Networks To Build Collaborative and Equitable Food SystemsRich Pirog & Marcus A. ColemanThis brief focuses on local food systems as vehicles for collaboration and racial equity among …2023
LFM NWFHN Case StudyLFM NWFHNHow can we create a more vibrant and resilient food system? One emerging idea is …2023
Carolina Farm Stewardship Association FarmsSHARE Network MapFarmSHARE Map of Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, FarmsSHARE Network Map partners from 2022 – the network …2022
Interoperability In Regional Food Systems: A Solution in a Public BlockchainTony Coble, Cullen Naumoff Interoperability in Regional Food Systems2023
Data’s Role In Regional Food Systems: A Practitioner’s GuideCullen NaumoffData’s Role in Regional Food Systems2023
Equity-for-Underrepresented-Farmers-and-Ranchers-Report_FINALN/AEquity for Underrepresented Farmers and Ranchers Report
FSR-Planning-Guide-FinalJohn Hopkins Center for Livable FutureGuide for Food Systems Resilience Plans in Local Government2022
A Practioner’s Guide to Developing and Growing a Food Hub NetworkFarm FareDeveloping and sustaining a food hub network2023
USDA Programs in Local Food Supply ChainUSDALocal Food Supply Chain USDA Programs2023
Removing Barriers to USDA GAP ProgramsNASDA FoundationGAP Programs Stakeholder Toolkit2022
USDA Budget TemplateWallace CenterUSDA Budget Template USDA Budget Template Tool2023
Problem Trees & Objective TreesWallace CenterProblem Tree Resource2023
Memorandum of Understanding TemplateWallace CenterTemplate for a Memorandum of Understanding2023
2023 LAMP Stakeholder ToolkitUSDA AMS2023 LAMP Stakeholder Toolkit2023
Community Food Systems Mentorship Program Goals and Scheduling Template 2023N/ACommunity Food Systems Mentorship Program Goals and Scheduling Template 2023
Finding Your Leverage PointJoseph McIntyreFinding Your Leverage Point Given the scale and immediacy of the challenges facing food systems …2023,
An Oasis in the Desert Walker River Paiute Tribe Builds a Food Pantry in Response to Covid19The Daily YonderThe Walker River Paiute Tribe in the state of Nevada took action in response to …2022,
Oregon Food Bank Receives Grant to Buy from Socially Disadvantaged FarmersPortland Local NewsThrough the expansion of the Community Grower Support Fund, which buys food directly from socially …2022,
Grow Food Northampton earns money for Farm and Garden redesignThe ReminderGrow Food and River Valley Co-op are working together to help underprivileged farmers become commercially …2023,
LFPA Plus GuidanceUSDAStates, territories, and federally recognized tribal governments may apply for additional funding available under LFPA …2023,
List of Signed Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative AgreementsUSDAThis list of entities that have signed Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreements with USDA …2022,
LFPA Fact SheetUSDAUSDA-AMS is establishing cooperative agreements with states, territories, and federally recognized tribal governments for the …2022,
LFPA Info GraphicUSDAConnecting with Underserved Producers, the Local Food Purchase Assistance (LFPA) Cooperative Agreement: Empowers states and …2022,
Have Local Food Hubs Proved They Should Play a Bigger Role in Emergency Food AidFood Print Despite the fact that fresh food from small farms is rarely thought of as a …2021,
LFPA Quarterly Progress Report SAMPLEHopes Harvest - Farm Fresh Rhode Island As part of a Farm to Food Assistance Community of Practice conversation, one of our …2023,
FarmTable 1Fresh ApproachAs part of a Farm to Food Assistance Community of Practice conversation, one of our …2022,
LFPA Solicitation Application Food Banks 1Fresh ApproachAs part of a Farm to Food Assistance Community of Practice conversation, one of our …2023,
Mentorship informational call 1-10-23Wallace Center2023 FSLN Mentorship informational call slides2023
Promoting and assessing value creation in communities and networks: a conceptual frameworkN/ASource for FSLN Value Creation Stories framework2011
Listening is the First Step in Serving Native American CommunitiesFood Bank NewsThis article shares a story about a partnership between Feeding Wisconsin and the Intertribal Ag …2022
The Farm to Food Bank Movement Aims to Rescue Small-Scale Farming and Feed the HungryCivil EatsMany farmers donate farm surpluses to local food banks on a regular basis, but the …2020
States are Investing in Farm to Food Bank ProgramsFood Print Farm to food bank (or food pantry) programs have exploded in popularity in states across …2020
The Farm to Food Pantry Initiative (F2FP)Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA)The F2FP initiative, founded in 2014 as a collaboration between WSDA and Harvest Against Hunger …2020
Struggling Farmers Work with Overwhelmed Food Banks to Stay AfloatThe Pew Charitable TrustsFarmers and ranchers in California saw their markets decrease by half as the epidemic shut …2020
Farm to Food Bank a Response to the PandemicAmerican Friends Service CommitteeAFSC New Mexico funded 30 small scale sustainable farms with whom we collaborate across the …2020
Supporting New York Farms and CommunitiesNew York State Department of Agriculture & MarketsThe Nourish New York Initiative of New York State is a lifeline for our families …
The Food Sovereignty FundGlynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming The goal of the Food Sovereignty Fund is to give farmers the tools they need …
Farm to Food PantryLift-UpThe growth of the Farm to Food Pantry program during the height of the COVID-19 …
Vermonters Feeding VermontersVermont FoodbankEveryone in Vermont should have access to the wealth of fresh, local food in our …
Mainers Feeding MainersThe Main Food Strategy In 2010 after a noticeable decline of food bank donations and drop of nutritional value …2019
Duke Why Hunger Survey FindingsDuke World Food Policy Center Infographic: In collaboration with WhyHunger.org, Duke World Food Policy Center launched an online survey to …2021,
Food LINC Program OverviewUSDA2016
Value Chain Coordination Quicksheet: Evaluating Economic OutcomesRebecca Dunning, PhDThis Quicksheet considers strategies that Value Chain Coordinators (VCCs) can use to report the economic …2019
Organizational Capacity Assessment MatrixN/AOrganizational Capacity Assessment Matrix Organizational Capacity Assessment Matrix – a great tool for understanding your …
Value Chain GuidebookValue Chain Initiative2005, , ,
The Value Chain LinkThe Value Chain Initiative2006, ,
#FindYourSeafoodWeek ToolkitLocal Catch Network#FindYourSeafoodWeek Toolkit Use this toolkit to help The Local Catch Network amplify the stories of …2021, ,
Solutions Exchange Preparation AgendaKitchen Table Consulting, LLC and Resist ReimagineSolutions Exchange Preparation Agenda2020,
Solutions Exchange Facilitators AgendaKitchen Table Consulting, LLC and Resist ReimagineSolutions Exchange Facilitators Agenda2020,
Solutions Exchange OverviewKitchen Table Consulting, LLC and Resist ReimagineSolutions Exchange Overview Overview of the Solutions Exchange process and objectives2020,
Wallace Arkansas Farmer Support Ecosystem Report, May 2021Wallace CenterWallace Arkansas Farmer Support Ecosystem Report, May 2021 The Wallace Center has published a new …2021,
Institutional Investment in Regional Food- An OverviewElliott Smith, Kitchen Sync StrategiesInstitutional Investment in Regional Food- An Overview Elliott Smith of Kitchen Sync Strategies outlines the …2021, ,
Spectrum of Insitutional InvestmentElliott Smith, Kitchen Sync StrategiesSpectrum of Insitutional Investment2021, , ,
Key Components of Success for Institutional InvestmentElliott Smith, Kitchen Sync StrategiesKey Components of Success for Institutional Investment This article lays out the key components that …2021, , ,
Institutional Investment in PraxisElliott Smith, Kitchen Sync StrategiesInstitutional Investment in Praxis Learn more about examples of institutional investment including stories from a …2021, , ,
LFPP and FMPP Words of AdviceN/ALFPP and FMPP Words of Advice2019
Building Community Food WebsKen MeterKen Meter’s Building Community Food Webs (Island Press, 2021) is the single best place to …2021, , , ,
RFSP Program Overview_USDAN/ARFSP Program Overview_USDA
RFSP Webinar PresentersRFSP Webinar Presenters2021
The Four Corners GroupGAP Group: A Case StudyWallace CenterThe Four Corners GroupGAP Group: A Case Study This report describes the history and learnings …2021,
Toward Market Cities: Lessons on Supporting Public Market Systems From Pittsburgh, Seattle, and TorontoProject for Public Spaces, Market Cities IntiativeToward Market Cities: Lessons on Supporting Public Market Systems From Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Toronto This …2020, ,
Marketing Your Food Safety CertificationMI Food and Farming Systems and Fresh Systems, LCCFood safety certification is no easy undertaking. While there are many reasons to go the …2021,
CERTIFICACION DE SEGURIDAD ALIMENTARIA Y SU COMERCIALIZACIONMI Food and Farming Systems and Fresh Systems, LLCCERTIFICACION DE SEGURIDAD ALIMENTARIA Y SU COMERCIALIZACION La certificación de seguridad alimentaria no es una …2021
Quality Management Systems – A Guide for Food & Farm BusinessesWallace CenterThis guide is designed to help food and farm businesses, food hubs, and USDA GroupGAP …2021,
Delivering More Than Food: Understanding and Operationalizing Racial Equity in Food HubsMichigan State UniversityThis report is a look at a how U.S.-based food hubs understand engagement in racial …2020,
From Food Hubs to CSAsWallace CenterWhen COVID-19 upended markets in the spring of 2020, many hubs borrowed elements of a …2020, , , ,
USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program Wallace Center Research Findings and Final ReportWallace CenterThis report examines how a group of food hubs and local distributors were able to …2020, , , ,
Findings of the 2019 National Food Hub Survey ReportMichigan State University, Wallace CenterSince 2012, Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems and the Wallace Center at …2020
Mentorship FAQ- Click to viewN/AFSLN Mentorship FAQs2020
Racial-Equity-Coffee-Chat-Facilitation-GuideWallace CenterFor two years the Wallace Center has hosted bi-weekly Racial Equity Coffee Chats, informal conversations …2020
Running a Food Hub Volume 4: Learning from Food Hub ClosuresUSDA Rural DevelopmentThe goal of this study is to examine factors that have led food hubs to …2016,
Food Hub Common Chart of AccountsFarm Credit EastThis is a sample chart of accounts for a food hub to help you ensure …2017,
Running a Food Hub Volume 3: Assessing Financial ViabilityUSDA Rural DevelopmentThis is the third volume in a series on the fundamentals of running a food …2016,
Financial Management for Food Hub Success – The 2018 Food Hub Finanical Benchmark Study FindingsWallace CenterFindings From the 2018 Food Hub Financial Benchmarking Study2019,
Stages of Board DevelopmentN/A
Board Self-Assessment ToolMcKinsey and Company
What are the Basic responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards?BoardSource2009
First Nations Development Institute Update on Water DeliveriesFirst Nations Development InstituteUpdate on Water Deliveries to Native Communities in the Southwest2020
Solidarity EconomyEmily KawanoBuilding an Economy for People & Planet
Peer Coaching Learning ManualN/AThis guide to Peer Coaching has been developed by the Social Enterprise Academy to support …2015
The Dawn of System LeadershipPeter Senge, Hal Hamilton, & John Kania The deep changes necessary to accelerate progress against society’s most intractable problems require someone who …2015,
Milestone Example BudgetN/AWith sample project budget, income & expenditure budget, cashflow forecast, capital budget, and consolidated budget., ,
Nonprofit Chart of Accounts with Food and Farming NotesPoppy DavisThis is a sample chart of accounts for nonprofits which can offer guidance on how …2002, ,
Finance and Related Matters Reference BookMAF Europe2006, ,
Agenda template for staff meetingsNational Farm to School NetworkAgenda template for staff meetings
Nonprofit Budget TemplateN/ANonprofit Budget Template2018,
Nonprofit Earned Income Strategies-Where to StartSocial Enterprise AssociatesFrom the Social Enterprise Associates, this brief is for non-profits interested in new methods of …,
Supervision-Partnering for SuccessMarla Cornelius2018
Strategic Planning FilterFarm to Institution New England2019
Defining Racial Equity and Food Equity Assessment QuestionsN/ADraft set of questions that can be asked when planning or rethinking a project to …,
Racial Equity Toolkit: An Opportunity to Operationalize EquityGovernment Alliance on Racial EquityRacial equity tools are designed to integrate explicit consideration of racial equity in decisions, including …2016,
Building-the-Case-for-Racial-Equity-in-the-Food-SystemCenter for Social InclusionThis report shares an analysis of what it means to build a racially equitable food …2014,
Annotated-Bibliography-on-Structural-Racism-Seventh-EditionMichigan State University, Center for Regional Food SystemsFrom the Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University, this annotated bibliography provides …2020
Food System Racial Equity Assessment Tool: A Facilitaion GuideUniversity of Wisconsin-ExtensionDetailed agenda with guiding questions that can be used for hosting discussions around racial equity …2017,
Peer Coaching Group ProcessOtto Scharmer and Peter SengeStep by step guidance for conducting a peer coaching session2016, ,
Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural OrganizationCrossroads Ministry
Funding VCC as Place Based Development QuicksheetSarah RockerOver the past ten years, investment in local food systems focused on rebuilding eroded physical …2019,
Evaluating VCC ConveningsSarah RockerConvening groups of stakeholders is an important facet of value chain coordination work. Meetings offer …2019,
Roles of Value Chain Coordination QuicksheetSarah RockerThis quicksheet describes value chain coordination as a set of roles that foster soft infrastructure …2019
Healthy Food Systems: A Toolkit for Building Value ChainsAnthony FlaccaventoThis toolkit is designed to help new and emerging healthy food system value chain efforts. …2009
Value Based Food Supply Chains: Strategies for Ag of the MiddleSteve Stevenson and Rich PirogDefinitions and characterization of “Values-Based Value Chains”2013
Food Value Chains: Creating Shared Value to Enhance Marketing Success.USDA AMS, Wallace CenterThis document is designed to provide guidance on how food value chains are initiated and …2014
Case Study -ALBA’s GroupGAP Food Safety ProgramALBACase Study on ALBA (California) GroupGAP program2017
A Manager’s Guide to Food Hub Finances – Companion ResourceIowa State UniversityA Manager's Guide to Food Hub Finances - Companion Resource Companion Resource to the Manager’s …2017
A Manager’s Guide to Food Hub FinancesIowa State UniversityFinances for food hubs2017
FoodWorks: A Vision to Improve NYC’s Food SystemThe New York City CouncilThis report outlines a plan for key legislative changes, public and private investments, infrastructure improvements, …2012
Overcoming Obstacles to Frozen Local ProduceCommon MarketThis case study traces Common Market’s exploratory process, product trials, and relationship building that ultimately …2014, ,
Roadmap for City Food Sector Innovation and InvestmentUrban Sustainability Directors NetworkThe purpose of this report is to develop a roadmap for cities to create innovative, …2013
Moving Food Along the Value ChainUSDA Agricultural Marketing ServiceThis report examines the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of eight diverse food value chains to …2012, ,
Food System Investment Equity slidesN/A
COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IMPACTS OF THE RUTGERS FOOD INNOVATION CENTERRutgers UniversityThis report chronicles the impacts of Rutgers Food Innovation Center’s broader social mission and catalogue …2012
Remote USDA AuditsUSDAAugust 2020 USDA Rules on Conducting Remote Food Safety Audits2020
2020 Path to GroupGAP CertificationUSDAA guide to a group’s journey to USDA GroupGAP certification.2020
USDA GroupGAP primerWallace CenterA buyer-facing resource explaining the USDA GroupGAP program.2019
Managing Cash Flow for a Low-Capital Food Hub Start-upUSDAManaging Cash Flow for a Low-Capital Food Hub Start-up For food hubs, or businesses that …2015,
Running a Food Hub Volume 1: Lessons Learned from the FieldUSDA Rural DevelopmentRunning a Food Hub Volume 1: Lessons Learned from the Field The first in a …2015
Running a Food Hub Volume 2: Business Operations GuideUSDA Rural DevelopmentRunning a Food Hub Volume 2: Business Operations Guide The report’s main focus is on …2015
An Introduction to GroupGAPUSDAAn Introduction to GroupGAP Overview of GroupGAP2015,
USDA GroupGAP Fact SheetUSDAUSDA GroupGAP Fact Sheet None. 20142014,
Small Farmers Can Make Food Safety Work – The Group GAP Pilot Project in Michigan’s Upper PeninsulaSmall Farmers Can Make Food Safety Work - The Group GAP Pilot Project in Michigan's …2015,
Overcoming Obstacles to Local Frozen ProduceOvercoming Obstacles to Local Frozen Produce Common Market, a distributor of local farm food in …, , , ,
Beyond Beauty – The Opportunities and Challenges of Cosmetically Imperfect Produce Report #1Beyond Beauty - The Opportunities and Challenges of Cosmetically Imperfect Produce Report #1 Report No. …, , , , ,
Beyond Beauty – The Opportunities and Challenges of Cosmetically Imperfect Produce Report #2Beyond Beauty - The Opportunities and Challenges of Cosmetically Imperfect Produce Report #2 Report No. …, , , , ,
Healthy Food and Small StoresThe Food TrustHealthy Food and Small Stores A report on innovations to improve access to nutritious, affordable …2015, , ,
Beyond Beauty – Hunger Relief ReportBeyond Beauty - Hunger Relief Report This installment in the Beyond Beauty series explores how …, , , , ,
Beyond Beauty – Collegiate Food Service – Report #5Beyond Beauty - Collegiate Food Service - Report #5 Opportunities for cosmetically imperfect produce in …, , , ,
Beyond Beauty – Summary of Findings – July 2016Beyond Beauty - Summary of Findings - July 2016 The Beyond Beauty initiative explored the …, , , , ,
Comparison Chart for Certifying as a GroupComparison Chart for Certifying as a Group There are several methods farmers have used to …2018,
Harvesting Opportunity – The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform CommunitiesFederal Reserve Bank of St. LouisHarvesting Opportunity - The Power of Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities A collaboration …2017, ,
Growing Local – A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food SystemsN/AGrowing Local - A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems This guide …, , ,
Findings of the 2017 National Food Hub SurveyMichigan State University, Wallace CenterFindings of the 2017 National Food Hub Survey Findings of the third biennial National Food …2018,
Findings of the 2017 National Food Hub Survey – Executive SummaryFindings of the 2017 National Food Hub Survey - Executive Summary Infographic-style executive summary of …,
Tech Guide for Food HubsTech Guide for Food Hubs To better help you assess your technology needs and evaluate …, ,
Value Chain Strategies for Source-Identified Minimally Processed Produce for the School MarketWashington State Department of AgricultureValue Chain Strategies for Source-Identified Minimally Processed Produce for the School Market WSDA analyzed minimally …2018, , , , , ,
Reframing Food Hubs – Food Hubs, Racial Equity, and Self-Determination in the SouthCenter for Social Inclusion Reframing Food Hubs - Food Hubs, Racial Equity, and Self-Determination in the South This paper …2018,
Equitable Food Oriented Development Brown PaperEFOD CollaborativeEquitable Food Oriented Development Brown Paper Equitable Food Oriented Development (EFOD) is a development strategy …2019,
Financing Sustainable FoodsFinancing Sustainable Foods Presentation Slides for the Getting Banks to “Yes” with small diversified farms.

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