How to create your own thriving food hub

For project co-ordinators and food hub creators

Food systems have the potential to do much more than today....more than just provide food, as efficiently and cheaply as possible. Imagine if food systems could go beyond food supply, and help people, producers & communities thrive. A thriving food system aims at a delivering a more equal & fair system for producers, eaters & the environment, while creating positive benefits for communities, business & industry at the same time.

This course is a tool to help get you started building your own thriving food hub.

You have the opportunity to create the kind of food system you want. It can start from your area - your town, your region, your network or even your company. Building a thriving food hub or network may seem like a big task if you start from a blank canvas. And that's where this course comes in...

The course captures our learnings from the project, Sustainable Regional Food Systems: Test Case Åland. Through the project, we developed a model for food systems that are circular, people-powered & based on long-term values. In addition, we determined a framework of how to organise the field work & with whom. To help you get started on creating your own food system, this course shares the model, frameworks & learnings from the test case.


  • What's happening in the world around us, what our food systems are like & the problems to overcome
  • Why and how we need to think differently about food systems
  • What is a thriving system, how it is structured and what's needed to create one
  • Practical ideas & tools for developing thriving food systems in your area


This course is one outcome from our publicly-funded project Sustainable Regional Food Systems: Test Case Åland. It's designed to share our learnings & findings of how to create and structure a thriving food system for Project Co-ordinators and Food Hub Creators.


As a supplement to this course, we've written a Playbook designed to deepen your understanding & learnings about thriving food systems (and how to create one). If you're serious about building your own thriving food system or hub, this Playbook provides valuable guidance to start you on your way!


Your Instructor

Johanna Tanhuanpää
Johanna Tanhuanpää

Johanna is Invenire's most effective analytical digger. She's an expert in translating deep and complex issues into easy-to-understand insights. With a deep understanding of sustainable food systems, Johanna works on both public and client projects at Invenire. Johanna's passionate about creating a great food future through applying logic & understanding, and activating food citizenship.

She's especially enthusiastic about anything related to #food, #sustainability, #protein. And #horses.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This is a self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. You get 2-months free access to the course & materials from the day you sign up. To get the best out of this course, we recommend completing the lessons in order. You can always come back & pick up where you left off!
What can I do after the course?
If you're looking to build your own thriving food hub, the "Hungry for...Playbook" explores the elements of a thriving food system model in more depth. And if you're needing help to get your own thriving food system up & running, Invenire can help. We have a range of services to partner with you, and get your idea off the ground. Get in touch with us a doorbell[at] or visit to discuss how we can help - or simply chat further about thriving food systems!

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