Forces for Good Food: Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health

Forces for Good Food: Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health

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 and act regarding food....

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Engaging Stakeholders for Project Sustainability

Engaging Stakeholders for Project Sustainability

Food systems are made up of people engaged in creation, commerce, and community from production to consumption. For any food business, policy, or plan to be viable, it must take into account the influence, needs, roles, and impact of all stakeholders in that...

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Case Study: Shenandoah Agricultural Enterprise Center

Case Study: Shenandoah Agricultural Enterprise Center

The Central Shenandoah Valley, population 368,000, is a large geographic area spanning 4,264 square miles in western Virginia. The region includes seven counties—Augusta, Bath, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, and Shenandoah—and the five independent cities of...

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Case Study: The Good Food Collective

Case Study: The Good Food Collective

The Good Food Collective (GFC) aims to build a vibrant economy, steward natural resources, and support the physical and cultural health of the Durango, Colorado area by investing in the regional food system. In collaboration with many local partners, GFC harvests...

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Case Study: Wichita-Sedgwick County Food System Master Plan

Case Study: Wichita-Sedgwick County Food System Master Plan

The City of Wichita (pop’n 390,000), located in Sedgwick County, Kansas, is in the south-central part of the state. For the past 20 years, the Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita has promoted people, programs, and policies that build a healthier community. The...

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Good Food Glossary: Food System Plan

Good Food Glossary: Food System Plan

A Food System Plan, as defined by the American Planning Association, is “a set of interconnected, forward-thinking activities that strengthen a community and regional food system through the creation and implementation of plans and policies.” The overall goal is to...

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Case Study: Linn County Food System Assessment

Case Study: Linn County Food System Assessment

The Linn County Food Systems Council has ambitious goals to improve Linn County’s food system from production to consumption in order to build resilient supply chains that feed the community and stimulate economic development. The council’s primary goal is to increase...

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Co-op Grocery: A Social Justice Movement

Co-op Grocery: A Social Justice Movement

Food co-ops are rooted in social justice movements, but they have experienced the most growth during periods of economic crisis. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a need for equitable access to food, but the pandemic has sparked a new level of interest in...

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Good Food Glossary: Food Co-op

Good Food Glossary: Food Co-op

“A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise” (Neighboring Food Co-ops) A co-operative can be used...

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Case Study: Great Plains Food Bank Mobile Market

Case Study: Great Plains Food Bank Mobile Market

The Great Plains Food Bank serves every county in North Dakota as well as western Minnesota, working with community partners to efficiently secure and direct resources and eradicate hunger in their communities. Their current operations include statewide distribution...

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COVID-19 Exposes Inequities in Our Food System

COVID-19 Exposes Inequities in Our Food System

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult, if not impossible, to ignore the challenges within our current food system. For those who have spent decades working on the front lines, it is a relief to finally see news headlines bringing to light the deep systemic flaws...

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Building Disaster Resilience

Building Disaster Resilience

If ever there was a time to seek solutions toward building more resilient communities, it is now. Regardless of social and political debates around climate change, society has reached a point where humans’ impact on the natural environment has resulted in devastating...

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Agile Yet Fragile: 11 Themes from our Food System Survey

Agile Yet Fragile: 11 Themes from our Food System Survey

Food has never been a bigger story than since the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic. The news has been heartbreaking and at the same time awe-inspiring to see the scale of response and sheer ingenuity in many corners of the food system. One good thing in the midst of...

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Pandemic Pivots: 3 Stories of Innovation and Collaboration

Pandemic Pivots: 3 Stories of Innovation and Collaboration

Sometimes the perfect storm for innovation is a crisis (or global pandemic) that pushes organizations further into their mission. Or it creates an opportunity to try something that under normal conditions would seem outrageous, but suddenly seems like the only option...

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Forces for Good Food: Whatcom Community Foundation

Forces for Good Food: Whatcom Community Foundation

Large food system changes need innovative thinkers, like the Whatcom Community Foundation in Washington State, that galvanizes the larger community to build a viable local food system that feeds people and sustains the land. Their vision is to develop a local food...

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Case Study: Oneida Food Innovation Center

Case Study: Oneida Food Innovation Center

The Oneida Nation is a federally recognized tribe of Oneida people, with a reservation located on 65,000 acres near Green Bay, Wisconsin. The tribe works to offer programs, services, and resources that enable the community to carry on with the strength and...

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Community Food Centers for Health, Wealth & Equity

Community Food Centers for Health, Wealth & Equity

Community Food Centers are an exciting development in food system infrastructure and make up an increasing share of our work at New Venture Advisors. In this screencast I’ll share some of the elements we’re seeing come together in Community Food Centers across the...

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Good Food Glossary: Community Food Centers

Good Food Glossary: Community Food Centers

Our work at New Venture Advisors has evolved over the years. We began doing food system planning ten years ago, when much of our work centered on developing food hubs that aggregated local food and distributed it to local outlets. This eventually gave way to...

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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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 Whatcom Local Food Campus

The Whatcom Community Foundation invests in activities and organizations that improve the ability of people to help themselves, increase connections among people, and take cooperative approaches to community issues. WCF is exploring the development of a local food campus on a waterfront property that would become a multi-tenant site, anchored by a school district commissary. The goal is to strengthen Whatcom County’s local food system by promoting health equity, forging tangible strategic connections between food production organizations, and helping farmers connect with institutional markets. NVA developed the business case for this ambitious project and continues to support its development. (2021)