Black Hills Food Hub
Currently, we are undertaking efforts to connect local cafeterias with local farmers. We hope to grow the local food economy by having cafeterias commit to increasing their local food purchases over time. At the same time, the people served by the cafeterias (often those who cannot choose to eat elsewhere) will have the benefits of locally-grown food. This $100,000 USDA Local Food Promotion Program grant is a cooperative effort between Black Hills State University and us. Black Hills State University is the awardee and has ultimate oversight of the activities, and we have found the buyers, the farmers, established the processes. We will also do the food delivery and invoicing.
Farms that are currently contributing to the Black Hills Food Hub include: Cycle Farm (Spearfish), Bear Butte Gardens (Sturgis), Moonrise Mountain Ranch (Whitewood), Elk Creek Foods (Wall), Owl Creek Organics (Nisland), If Ranch (Newell), Pangea Farms (Spearfish)
We made our first Black Hills Food Hub delivery on 25 May 2016 and concluded the season on 19 October. The season was an unmitigated success, and we’ll be reviewing processes and lessons learned to make next year even better!
In the News:
16 October 2015; Black Hills Pioneer
Picking up some of the produce for the first Food Hub!
18 October 2015; Rapid City Journal