Toward a More Expansive Understanding of Food Hubs

  • Megan Horst University of Washington
  • Eva Ringstrom University of Washington
  • Shannon Tyman University of Washington
  • Michael Ward University of Washington
  • Virginia Werner University of Washington
  • Branden Born University of Washington
Keywords: Agglomeration, Agricultural Urbanism, Distribution, Food Hub, Food System, Food Value Chain, Market, Planning

Abstract

A review of the uses of the term "food hub" reveals a dynamic and evolving concept. Since planners need to understand these various uses, we offer a preliminary framework for a food hub typology. We also suggest attributes and a definition that should be considered when assessing existing sites and planning for new food hubs. We then assess three food hub sites in Seattle, Washington, using our typology and characteristics that should be considered (audience, ownership, purpose, design and siting, and scale). Our assessment demonstrates that the strengths, viability, and vitality of each food hub are derived from attributes not currently considered by the most commonly used, type-focused definitions of food hubs. Our contribution adds clarity to the evolving discussion about food hubs, and describes elements for communities, particularly the planning community, to consider when planning for them.

Author Biographies

Megan Horst, University of Washington

PhD student, University of Washington, Dept. of Urban Design & Planning; Seattle, WA USA.

Eva Ringstrom, University of Washington

Evans School of Public Affairs & Urban Design and Planning; Seattle, WA USA.

Shannon Tyman, University of Washington
PhD student, University of Washington, College of Built Environments; Seattle, WA USA.
Michael Ward, University of Washington
MUP candidate, University of Washington, Dept. of Urban Design and Planning; Seattle, WA USA.
Virginia Werner, University of Washington

MUP/MLA candidate, University of Washington, Urban Design and Planning & Landscape Architecture; Seattle, WA USA.

Branden Born, University of Washington

Associate Professor, University of Washington, Department of Urban Design and Planning College of Built Environments; Seattle, WA USA.


Published
2011-12-21
How to Cite
Horst, M., Ringstrom, E., Tyman, S., Ward, M., Werner, V., & Born, B. (2011). Toward a More Expansive Understanding of Food Hubs. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 2(1), 209-225. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2011.021.017
Section
Food Systems Planning Call Papers