It all started with an idea…
The Fallon Food Hub Co-operative, like many similar ventures, began as an idea. The folks at the Churchill Economic Development Authority (CEDA) dreamed of a place in downtown Fallon that could function as an anchor for revitalization. With a local food hub in mind, CEDA applied for the inaugural Local Food Local Places Grant, an opportunity offered by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Local Foods, Local Places supports locally led, community-driven efforts to protect air and water quality, preserve open space and farmland, boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, improve access to healthy local food, and promote childhood wellness.
Fallon was selected as one of the first towns to participate in the Local Food Local Places technical assistance grant. As a result of participation in the LFLP program CEDA received a feasibility study about creating a food hub in the downtown corridor. They were able to use the study as background information to apply for a Specialty Crop Block Grant through the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
Ultimately, the Fallon Food Hub opened the doors to it’s storefront location at 40 East Center Street #5 in downtown Fallon in March of 2016.
From an idea to reality…
Through their joint efforts, the teams at CEDA and the Fallon Food Hub Co-operative were able to bring to reality the dream of having a location in downtown that focused on being a hub within our community. The Fallon Food Hub provides an outlet for local farmers, rancher, dairymen, and value-added producers. Additionally, it offers a central location for customers who want to support local ventures to find a myriad of products produced within Churchill County.
The Fallon Food Hub is constantly evolving! After opening the doors to it’s storefront/headquarters location in March, the hub expanded it’s reach by hosting the East Center Street Farmers Market on Friday nights during the summer season. In 2017, the Fallon Food Hub assumed the management and administration of the Great Basin Basket CSA program. Now cheekily described as the ‘Three-Legged Stool‘ these three avenues for increasing market opportunities for local farmers and producers is the foundation of the Fallon Food Hub’s mission.
Where will we go next?
The team at the Fallon Food Hub is always thinking about increasing sales opportunities for farmers and access to delicious & nutritious food for consumers. In 2019 we are continuing to plan for a dedicated food hub facility in Downtown Fallon. Our next steps for what will be our permanent home include the acquisition of an empty lot on Maine Street and initial facility design. These efforts are made possible through the support of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development through the Community Development Block Grant and the USDA through the Rural Business Development Grant.