Food Hub & Meat Supply Chain Specialist
Noel joined CRFS in the fall of 2014 and his work is focused on two areas: The Michigan Food Hub Learning and Innovation Network, and the Livestock Work Group, which seeks to build Michigan's meat supply chains through market development, research, and outreach. He received a master’s in Gastronomy with an emphasis in food policy and systems from Boston University. Prior to graduate school, he worked as a meat, seafood, and fresh foods buyer for a cooperative grocery store and a local foods market in Philadelphia. Noel's interest and passion for food stretches back to his childhood in rural northern Michigan, where he learned to grow, cook, and eat good food.
This document provides and overview of the Michigan Food Hub Learning and Innovation Network and its work.
This guide outlines methodology for managing inventory via buffering. It is intended for meat marketers that provide direct delivery to wholesale customers.
Demand for local meat has been growing exponentially for years. Actually building a successful and profitable meat marketing program is easier said than done. Our report outlines a general solution for the problems.
This report presents lessons learned from those who participated in the University of Vermont Food Hub Management Certificate Program and reflects on the role that the Michigan Food Hub Network has played in enriching and extending that training.
This report is the public summary of the feasibility for Michigan food hubs to develop a shared Information Technology (IT) platform that would integrate a host of business functions to help cooperating food hubs improve their businesses.
This infographic report is a visual guide to findings from the 2014 Michigan Meat Processing Capacity Survey.
Recording of January 8th 2016 webinar and pdf of presentation slides - Creating a Statewide Technology Platform for Food Hub: Lessons from Michigan
This webinar features Jessica Smith of This Old Farm. It also includes Michigan Food Hub Network program updates and information on funding opportunities.
Hannah Mellion is the Program Director for Food System Enterprise at Farm Fresh RI, a non-profit growing the local food system in Rhode Island. She works with Farm Fresh’s aggregation and distribution programs, including Market Mobile and Veggie Box.
July 19, 2017
This meeting and tour is organized in collaboration with the Michigan Incubator Kitchen Network and Eastern Market, and will feature tours of food businesses & projects in the celebrated Detroit market district.
March 30, 2017
Join us for morning tour of Cherry Capital Food’s Okemos location followed by networking lunch and guest presentations from MDARD grantees doing food hub related work in Detroit, Ypsilanti and Battle Creek and 2 new food hubs in Albion and Muskegon.
November 17, 2016
This Michigan Food Hub Network meeting will be held in Jackson, MI and will feature food system updates, local presenters, and a tour of Rogers Reserve: the MSU chestnut research station and processing facility.
October 11, 2016
Michigan Meat Network fall meeting and tour offers a unique opportunity to see and hear how Michigan businesses are working to source, process, and market locally raised proteins.