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Farmlink Resources for Small Farms
Hi there! So you want to learn more Conceptualizing Channels of Food Waste Prevention The think tank ReFED has come up with 4 important pathways to ensuring farmers reduce the produce they waste. 1. Imperfect & Surplus Produce Channels Surplus, off-grade, near-expiration, or imperfect produce that is packaged and distributed via alternative sales channels or directly to consumers. 2. Buyer Specification Expansion Adjustment of purchasing specifications that allow for a greater variety of product grades into sales and recipes, while still ensuring that specs do not lead to in-house waste. Collecting leftover product from fields after the initial commercial harvest that would be otherwise inefficient and uneconomical to harvest, often conducted by volunteers. 4. Partial Order Acceptance Processes to reject at a higher level of granularity and limit rejections of product that meet specs. The most relevant pathways to are Gleaning and Imperfect & Surplus Produce Channels. Below are resources for avoiding food waste in those sectors Imperfect & Surplus Produce Channels Map—National Gleaning Project Search ReFED’s Database of Gleaning Organizations National Young Farmers Coalition WWF No Food Left Behind Act AGW launched a national fundraiser, . With 2,000 U.S.-based pasture-based farmers as part of its certification program, the fundraiser is one way to help farmers redirect their unsold products to food pantries, senior meal programs, and homeless shelters within their communities. The Society of Saint Andrew The Society of St. Andrew brings people together to harvest and share healthy food, reduce food waste, and build caring communities by offering nourishment to hungry neighbors. Our dedicated team members and volunteers—people just like you—recover fruits and vegetables that would have been wasted from backyard fruit trees, public orchards, farmers markets, and the downtown Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market. We connect this abundance of nutritious food to people experiencing food insecurity, donating 100% of the produce we recover to hunger relief agencies across Southern California, and to tribal lands in Arizona and New Mexico. A community driven model building New Mexico’s small farming economy through sustainable and regenerative food justice.
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