Forces for Good Food: CommonWealth Kitchen

Forces for Good Food: CommonWealth Kitchen

We are excited to spotlight CommonWealth Kitchen in our Forces for Good Food series.  CommonWealth Kitchen is Greater Boston’s only food business incubator / accelerator and integrated “small batch” food manufacturer, providing shared-use kitchens, wrap-around...

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8 Ideas from 2019 Worth Sharing

8 Ideas from 2019 Worth Sharing

As many of you know, we publish a monthly Good Food Brief with the big and small stories that chronicle trends in the food industry. Sometimes we come across programs that we wish had news coverage so that we could share them with you. Programs that serve often...

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The Question of Growth: Not Just for Kitchen Members

The Question of Growth: Not Just for Kitchen Members

The growth cycle of most small businesses that make their start in a shared kitchen or kitchen incubator is different from a business operating within its own space. Both face the normal challenges of scaling and the capital needed to support their growth, but...

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Good Food Glossary: Ghost Kitchen

Good Food Glossary: Ghost Kitchen

A simple definition of ghost kitchen is “commercial cooking space with no dine-in option” (QSR Magazine). The concept derived from restaurants that wanted to increase their meal delivery capacity to meet demand without having to increase the size of their storefronts....

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Good Food Glossary: Regenerative Agriculture

Good Food Glossary: Regenerative Agriculture

Food System Planning:  What is it? Why do it? Cities and counties across the U.S. create Master Plans or Comprehensive Plans to lay out their community’s vision for land use, economic development, transportation, health, and other dimensions of civic life. These plans...

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How Health Care is Influencing Food System Planning

How Health Care is Influencing Food System Planning

Regenerative agriculture is a term and practice gaining attention throughout the worlds of food and climate science and increasingly appearing in mainstream conversations. Regenerative agriculture refers to “agricultural practices that work closely with nature to...

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Forces for Good Food Spotlight Series: Eastern Market

Forces for Good Food Spotlight Series: Eastern Market

“Let thy food be medicine and medicine be thy food,” reads the famous Hippocrates quote that opens many forays into the topic. Imagine a world where nutritious food can combat illness and drug dependency. While the food-as-medicine movement has been around for...

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Hemp in America: Making Sense of the 2018 Farm Bill

Hemp in America: Making Sense of the 2018 Farm Bill

Eastern Market is well known for its work as a large public market that has been a cornerstone in Detroit since the 1890s. Five different markets — a variety of year-round and seasonal markets — serve between 500-600 transient vendors. Its reach, though, is much...

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For Health and Harvest: Rebuilding Native Food Systems

For Health and Harvest: Rebuilding Native Food Systems

The 2018 Farm Bill brought hemp to the forefront of conversations across the US agricultural industry and among consumers in general as it broadly legalized hemp after nearly five decades of the crop being banned. While farmers, businesses, investors, and consumers...

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Good Food Funding Guide

Good Food Funding Guide

New Venture Advisors helps strengthen businesses that are a part of the good food supply chain. On our blog we’ve written about how traditional supply chain economics does not account for unprofitable externalities like the quality of life, soil health, trusting...

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NVA Toolsite: Planning Starts Here

NVA Toolsite: Planning Starts Here

New Venture Advisors is privileged to work alongside powerful forces driving progress toward building food systems we can all be proud of. These forces—our collaborators, partners, clients, visionaries—are leaders in changing how we think about food. As a returning...

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Good Food Glossary: CSA

Good Food Glossary: CSA

One year ago today we launched the NVA Toolsite. We built it with the hope that it would help teams embarking on food system enterprise projects better understand the local market landscape and the most important factors to consider when evaluating the viability of...

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Forces For Good Food Spotlight Series: The Hatchery

Forces For Good Food Spotlight Series: The Hatchery

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a farming practice that promotes a shared commitment by consumers and growers to build a more local and equitable agricultural system. Introduced in the mid-80s, CSAs are “a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm...

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Shared Kitchens: A Changing Landscape

Shared Kitchens: A Changing Landscape

We are excited to highlight Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) in our latest installment of our Forces for Good Food series. CRFS envisions “a thriving economy, equity, and sustainability for Michigan, the country, and the planet...

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Good Food Glossary: Food Desert

Good Food Glossary: Food Desert

A simple definition of ghost kitchen is “commercial cooking space with no dine-in option” (QSR Magazine). The concept derived from restaurants that wanted to increase their meal delivery capacity to meet demand without having to increase the size of their storefronts....

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Forces For Good Food Spotlight Series: FamilyFarmed

Forces For Good Food Spotlight Series: FamilyFarmed

As many of you know, we publish a monthly Good Food Brief with the big and small stories that chronicle trends in the food industry. Sometimes we come across programs that we wish had news coverage so that we could share them with you. Programs that serve often...

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Good Food Glossary: Shared-Use Kitchen

Good Food Glossary: Shared-Use Kitchen

The 2018 Farm Bill brought hemp to the forefront of conversations across the US agricultural industry and among consumers in general as it broadly legalized hemp after nearly five decades of the crop being banned. While farmers, businesses, investors, and consumers...

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An Immersion into the French Food System:  Vive la différence!

An Immersion into the French Food System: Vive la différence!

We are excited to highlight Michigan State University’s Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) in our latest installment of our Forces for Good Food series. CRFS envisions “a thriving economy, equity, and sustainability for Michigan, the country, and the planet...

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How Dollar Stores are Changing Downtown America

How Dollar Stores are Changing Downtown America

Announcements from the increasingly crowded incubator, accelerator, shared kitchen, food hub, and innovation marketplace seem to come at us at ever greater speed these days. New facilities are opening across the country and globe, new communities are being courted to...

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