Policy Advocacy

AFI advocates for sustainable food policy at the national, regional, and local levels. We work hard to keep up-to-date and inform our members about relevant farm and food policy that affects East End farms and food businesses. We often team up with other organizations with complementary missions, such as the National Young Farmer's Coalition and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

Food Hub Feasibility Study

In 2015, AFI began working with New Venture Advisors to conduct a feasibility study of a food hub for the East End. The purpose of the study was to determine whether a food hub is a viable approach to increasing sales of local produce and helping North and South Fork farmers and food producers grow their businesses. A food hub manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source identified local food from different farms for sale to institutional and wholesale buyers. Food hubs are active in different places around the country and operate using a range of different models.

To learn more about the food hub study, please find the Executive Summary here. AFI is continuing to work with those interested in expanding their wholesale operation and to connect farmers and buyers.

This project was been made possible by the Local Food Promotion Program of the United States Department of Agriculture. 

Click below to view examples of past comments we have submitted regarding food and farm policy.

Comments on the Preventative Controls Rule

Comments on the Produce Safety Rule