Transportation and Distribution Logistics
Compared to some of the other topic groups, this group is at relatively early stages of thinking, planning and doing. People in the region have been working independently, but are increasingly ready to organize. This part of the food supply chain offers opportunity to grow and diversify the local economy much like other parts of the chain, but the way forward is less clear than it is with bricks-and-mortar projects. There is a strong interest in maintaining a vision of sustainability in the development of new systems. SE MN is actively engaged in this work and could potentially provide leadership as critical mass develops.
- Who in the region can provide leadership for this work? What is necessary for them to build capacity to take on that leadership? Where do we find that support?
- What is the most appropriate scale to work with? Local, county, multi-county, state, etc.?
- Where could the region find industry expertise, if only to understand what questions yet need to be answered in thinking about distribution and logistics?
- How do we build awareness with farmers about the role that this part of the food supply chain plays and the associated costs / savings of working in moving beyond direct marketing into a wholesale model?
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