Building A Food Hub From the Ground Up: A Facility Design Case Study of Tuscarora Organic Growers

Food Hubs


Jim Barham and Fidel Delgado

In an effort to provide food hub stakeholders with on-the-ground examples of how food hubs manage distribution infrastructure, USDA worked
with Tuscarora Organic Growers, an established producer cooperative in Pennsylvania, to document the stages of development of its aggregation and distribution warehouse. This document describes the cooperative’s solutions to warehouse layout, design, and function, and the associated costs of equipment and labor to gain the space capacity for handling certain amounts and types of product. Their hope is that these insights will assist both new and expanding food hubs in making decisions about infrastructure investments.

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