PO Box 6506

Huntsville, AL 35813

ClarkDobbs@ProteicoConsulting.com

256-631-8848

Community supported agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture [CSA Model] is also referred to as crop-sharing.  It is a system that connects the producer and consumers within the food system more closely by allowing the consumer to subscribe to the harvest of a certain farm or group of farmers.  It is an alternative socioeconomic model of agriculture and food distribution that allows the producer and consumer to share the risks of farming.  Although Southern Family Fare is not currently engaged in direct CSA related activities, we are continually evaluating the model to determine relevance to our business model.  We are local farmers, small and craft processors, and local supply chain experts.  We live and do business in North Alabama and the greater southeastern United States.

The emergence of Local Supply Chains

Particularly during the pandemic, interest in the local food system has increased substantially.  As many as sixty-five percent of consumers in the U.S. said they're more likely to purchase locally sourced or produced goods.  Food producers in every sector of the industry have seen unprecedented change from both the demand and supply side of their supply chains.  Food producers have been through a lot over the past several months because of COVID-19 and they're taking a closer look at what they are referring to as the "Post - pandemic continentalization."

People are looking for reliable local food, shorter supply chains, and literally fewer people touching the food as it goes through the supply chain.  Meat processing businesses around the globe appeared to be the weakest link throughout the food supply chain, many acting as virus hot spots as workers contracted and spread the COVID-19.

TECHNOLOGY AND LOCAL SUPPLY CHAINS

If there is one thing we learned during the pandemic, it's that we can leverage technology to level the playing field during times of substantial societal change and uncertainty.  Managing a smaller, more agile supply chain is made much easier with the deployment of common technology platforms.  From the collection of customer orders [demand management] to the planning of the supply of market age livestock; readily available technology enables us to work and perform like a large industrial supply chain.  Founding members of Southern Family Fare have years of both IT and Supply Chain experience in some of the largest and smallest companies in the world.