Our Services

Education and Training:

We create and implement successful education and training programs for diverse audiences. We were part of a team that implemented the U.S. Department of the Treasury Community Development Financial Institution’s “Financing Healthy Food Options” Task Order in collaboration with the Opportunity Finance Network. We served as “Course Advisor” for the Council of Development Finance Agencies’ Food Systems Finance curriculum and continue to assist with implementation of this course. We craft effective policy advocacy and public education articles. See a guest blog we developed for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation here: http://blog.grdodge.org/2011/12/15/food-financing-101-part-3/

Philanthropic Development:

We guide diverse clients of varying capacity through complex grant proposal application processes, with a specialty in federal and state grant programs. We have helped clients leverage funds from: the Farmers Market Promotion Program, the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Program, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program, the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program, and more. We have served on federal grant review panels for programs including: CDFI-HFFI, USDA-VAPG, USDA-People’s Garden, and USDA-Community Food Projects.

Program Development:

We lead diverse entities in process of creating innovative and effective new programs. Our clients include in this work include capital providers, government agencies, food and sustainable agriculture organizations and networks, and others. Our work includes including situation analysis, vision and mission articulation, strategic planning, goal setting, and development of operational objectives and activities.

Program Evaluation:

We develop and implement comprehensive local and regional food system program evaluation strategies using recognized best practice methodologies. Our evaluation work generally includes identification of evaluation Advisory Teams, determination of core reasons for performing evaluation, selection of key evaluative questions using a logic model and work/or plan, creation of a detailed evaluation work plan, development of evaluation tools, implementation of those evaluation tools, data analysis and write up, and communicate of results to key stakeholders.

Research and Analysis: 

We assemble and work with multidisciplinary teams on primary research projects exploring economic and sociological issues facing organic and locally grown food markets across the U.S.

 

 

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