The Feasibility of Farmer-Led Cooperatives for Southwest Florida Farm to School Procurement
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Keywords

Specialty crops
USDA My Plate
school district
local food
food distribution
food processing
feasibility analysis
farm to school
USDA NSLP

How to Cite

Watson, Jonathan, Danielle Treadwell, Catherine Campbell, and Ray Bucklin. 2021. “The Feasibility of Farmer-Led Cooperatives for Southwest Florida Farm to School Procurement”. EDIS 2021 (2). https://doi.org/10.32473/edis-ae555-2021.

Abstract

Florida’s K–12 schools provide a potential opportunity to increase market channel options for small- and mid-sized diversified farms, but processing, storage, and distribution resources are extremely limited for smaller producers. This 9-page document serves as a model and case study with steps for producers and other stakeholders to conduct a feasibility study before forming a cooperative to sell local fruits and vegetables to schools and other institutional food-service outlets. Written by Jonathan Adam Watson, Danielle D. Treadwell, Catherine Campbell, and Ray Bucklin, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, March 2021.

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