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Setup a Food Hub as a Community Resilience Tool
November 14, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ESTFree
Black Hills State University (BHSU) and Spearfish community partners are seeking to create a culture that supports and values local food in order to expand the reach and depth of our regional local food economy. The Black Hills Food Hub, launched in October 2016, takes the produce from many farms, adds it all together, and then sells it to customers. This allows some farmers to specialize in a few crops that they prefer to grow and/or to have a venue for sales that they otherwise would not have. The food hub eliminates barriers of purchasing local food on cafeteria management, reducing the time and organization needed for both the ordering process and delivery. Additionally, large-quantity commitments from buyers lend unprecedented support to the local food economy. While a food hub in itself is not unique today, we have taken the food hub model beyond the traditional catering to high-end restaurants and marketed local food instead to cafeterias. By servings cafeterias, the Black Hills Food Hub aims to get local food to the greatest number of people from diverse backgrounds. Additionally, the Black Hills Food Hub is unique to the area and designed to be replicable in remote and rural areas, where high-end dining is few and far between.
Kathy Johnson, Vice President of Finance & Administration, Black Hills State University
Kathy Johnson has served as the Vice President of Finance & Administration at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota since 2000. Prior to this role, she worked in the South Dakota Board of Regents governing board office dealing with policy issues. Kathy has a Bachelor’s of Science in Commercial Economics from South Dakota State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of South Dakota. In her current position, she oversees the operations of Facilities Services including Sustainability, the Business Office, the Budget Office, Human Resource, Student Financial Services, and the University Bookstore.
Randy Culver, Associate Vice President for Facilities & Sustainability, Black Hills State University
Randy Culver is the Associate Vice President of Facilities & Sustainability at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota and oversees all plant operations including maintenance, grounds, custodial, sustainability, Buzz Card, fleet, recycling, and new construction. He has been at BHSU since June 1991 serving in numerous positions, including Director of Facilities Services and faculty. Randy is a graduate of Black Hills State University with a Bachelors’ of Science in Education for Industrial Arts. Randy currently serves as membership chairman for the Central Association of Physical Plant Administration (CAPPA) Board. He is a graduate of APAA’s Institute for Facilities Management and the Leadership Academy.
Jessica Stori, Black Hills Food Hub Coordinator, Black Hills State University
Jessica Stori, Black Hills Food Hub Coordinator, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English writing and a Master of Science degree in communication and organizational development. She comes from an agricultural family and entered the Black Hills food scene in 2016 as the Black Hills Farmers Market Manager. Jessica has been a member of the Black Hills State University team since November of 2017.