Good Food Glossary: Regenerative Agriculture

Good Food Glossary: Regenerative Agriculture

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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How Health Care is Influencing Food System Planning

How Health Care is Influencing Food System Planning

“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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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

Earlier this year I had an incredible opportunity to join Pasture One, a mission-driven distributor of sustainable, grass-fed beef. Our small team had a mandate to support ranchers using techniques that promote carbon sequestration and grasslands regeneration. While...

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Good Food Glossary: Food Desert

Good Food Glossary: Food Desert

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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Forces For Good Food Spotlight Series: FamilyFarmed

Forces For Good Food Spotlight Series: FamilyFarmed

What is a food desert? The CDC characterizes a food desert as an area lacking in affordable fruits and vegetables, often found in rural, minority or low-income areas where access to healthy foods are limited (CDC 2011). In recent years, the term has been used to...

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Good Food Glossary: Shared-Use Kitchen

Good Food Glossary: Shared-Use Kitchen

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

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

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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How Dollar Stores are Changing Downtown America

How Dollar Stores are Changing Downtown America

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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Good Food Glossary: Supply Chain vs. Value Chain

Good Food Glossary: Supply Chain vs. Value Chain

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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Building A Food System We Can All Be Proud Of

Building A Food System We Can All Be Proud Of

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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Toolsite Spotlight (6 of 6): The Frozen Processing HubSizer®

Toolsite Spotlight (6 of 6): The Frozen Processing HubSizer®

In July I had the opportunity to travel through the Haute Savoie region of France. It was billed as a “culinary adventure” by Saveur the Journey. The description is what you might expect: “This trip will focus on visiting and learning from food artisans such as cheese...

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