This article presents results from a survey of community food projects, and explores the relationships between organisational type, rationales and the barriers that prevent each from increasing the scale of their operations. Organisations were divided according to their primary rationale (e.g. rural economic development and distribution), and then subdivided - by form - as a non-profit, private business, governmental agency or cooperative. Data from the interviews and surveys were coded using a qualitative grounded theory approach, to reveal the barriers experienced by each. Overall, access to long-term stable income is a recurrent theme across all types of projects, but income sources dramatically change how these organisations prioritise barriers. Similarly, the organisation's primary rationale and experiences influence the interpretation and approach to collaboration and education. Despite these differences, our results suggest a large degree of convergence that cuts across organisational forms and rationales, and offers a base for broader regional food system conversations.

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Keywords access, distribution, food hubs, food systems, healthy food, local food, regional development
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2013.788492
Journal Local Environment
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Mount, P. (Phil), Hazen, S. (Shelley), Holmes, S. (Shawna), Fraser, E. (Evan), Winson, A. (Anthony), Knezevic, I, … Landman, K. (Karen). (2013). Barriers to the local food movement: Ontario's community food projects and the capacity for convergence. Local Environment, 18(5), 592–605. doi:10.1080/13549839.2013.788492