Food Hubs

In the Collective Entrepreneurship for Small and Medium-Sized Farms project, we examine a specific genre of collective entrepreneurial venture: the food hub.  These groups are distinctly heterophilous.  Their memberships include small farms, commercial buyers and institutional kitchens, local consumers, farmers markets, and artisanal food producers.  The lack of homophily implies the need for formal structure and/or contracts to hold the collectives together.  Their formation – a very recent phenomenon in the US – may have significant network effects.  This is the working hypothesis for the research that will being Fall 2016.