CDFA Announces Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse – New Training Institute Course Offered this June!

by Nessa on March 13, 2014

Please check out this press release from the Council of Economic Development Agencies:$file/IFSFC%20press%20release%201-2014.pdf

From the press release:

“Nessa Richman, founder of Brightseed Strategies, will serve as the Course Advisor for the Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse. She is a food systems consultant and often works with umbrella organizations, assisting their stakeholder groups in understanding issues related to sustainable agriculture and food enterprise, local/regional food marketing chains, and low-income food access. She was a sub-contractor for the Treasury Department’s Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) Fund “Financing Healthy Food Options” Capacity Building Task Order, and in 2014, was named to the Advisory Committee for Rhode Island’s Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Grants Program.
“Investments in a healthy food system can be made all along the food marketing chain – from production and processing to distribution and retail,” said Richman, “and retail doesn’t just mean full service supermarkets. Farmers markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms, healthy corner stores, and mobile markets all need access to appropriate financial products and services in order to thrive.”

The Intro Food Systems Finance WebCourse qualifies for the CDFA Training Institute’s Development Finance Certified Professional (DFCP) Program. Registrations for this course are now being accepted on the CDFA website at”


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