Food Systems Research

East End Food Institute advocates for sustainable food policy at the national, regional and local levels with the aim of creating a more sustainable and equitable food system. 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 to conduct research and develop long-term plans for our regional food system. Some of our partners include: Long Island Farm Bureau, Cornell University and Cooperative Extension, Peconic Land Trust, Suffolk County Soil & Water District, Suffolk County Economic Development, Farm Credit East, National Young Farmer's Coalition, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, and others.

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute Regional Food Systems Study

In 2020, we are excited to partner with CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, an academic research and action center at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy in Harlem, NY. 

East End Food Institute will play a key role in studying the regional food system, from New York City to the Hudson Valley to the East End of Long Island. The evidence collected will inform statewide and local policies that promote equitable access to healthy, affordable (and local!) food.

The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute links nutrition and health to sustainable community and workforce development, and engages partners from government, nonprofit, and academic sectors in food policy research and action. 

USDA-Funded Food Hub Feasibility Study

In 2015, East End Food Institute (then Amagansett Food Institute) 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. East End Food Institute 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. 

Learn more about our plans for the East End Food Hub.