CHOICES

CHOICES

A publication of AAEA

A publication of AAEA
The Linkages between Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Regional Food Networks

The Linkages between Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Regional Food Networks

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Theme Overview: The Linkages between Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Regional Food Networks

Chyi-lyi (Kathleen) Liang

This theme shares timely insights on the subject of integrated regional food networks (RFNs). Topics include exploring opportunities for rural entrepreneurship and resilience at diverse production and consumption scales; the relationship between regional food networks and ecological development, organizations and policies; and entrepreneurial relationships supported by farm incubators to motivate prosperity.

Can Regional Food Networks and Entrepreneurial Strategies Enhance Food System Resilience?

Sally Duncan, Christy Anderson Brekken, Sue Lurie, Rob Fiegener, Seth Sherry, and Chyi-lyi (Kathleen) Liang

The “local food” movement may realize economic, social, and environmental benefits through integrated regional food networks (RFNs), enhancing long-term opportunities for rural entrepreneurship and resilience at diverse production and consumption scales. Policy support for RFNs may play a role in economic development and resilience by diversifying rural economies.

Linking Regional Food Networks to Ecological Resilience

Christy Anderson Brekken, Rob Fiegener, and Sally Duncan

The food supply chain exacts an ecological toll from production to consumption. Using studies of producers’ motivations for environmentally sensitive production, we construct a framework connecting producers who participate in regional food networks (RFNs) to improved ecological resilience, examining ownership and control, social embeddedness, entrepreneurial opportunity, scale, and spatial and temporal distribution.

The Support Ecosystem for Regional Food Network Entrepreneurship

Thomas S. Lyons and Michael Lee

This article examines the support ecosystem for entrepreneurs in regional food networks. It systematizes these support activities by categorizing them by geography and services offered. Recommendations are then offered including a system matrix that network coordinators may use to map, manage, and direct support activities.

Farm Incubators - Creating Entrepreneurial Relationships to Support Prosperous Food Networks

Chyi-lyi (Kathleen) Liang

Farm incubators are a growing segment within food networks. They provided needed technical support to beginning farmers and ranchers. Although many farm incubators have been funded by government agencies, local and private organizations have opportunities to fulfill the various needs of new farm entrepreneurs, including entrepreneurial and networking support.