Toolsite Spotlight (3 of 6): The Local Produce HubSizerⓇ

A microblog series on the HubSizerⓇ and MarketSizerⓇ tools from New Venture Advisors. This week we’re looking into how to use the Local Produce HubSizerⓇ tool to estimate the economics and potential markets of a produce food hub. For this post, we’ll take you on the...

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Toolsite Spotlight (2 of 6): The Rural Grocery HubSizerⓇ

A microblog series on the HubSizerⓇ and MarketSizerⓇ tools from New Venture Advisors. This week we’re digging into how to use the Rural Grocery HubSizerⓇ tool. This tool was designed for an owner and/or operator of an independent grocery store that has at least some...

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Toolsite Spotlight (1 of 6): The Local Food MarketSizerⓇ

We are so excited about the launch of the NVA Toolsite and to get these tools into the hands of food system professionals, farmers, entrepreneurs, store owners and all of the hard working planners out there! Over the next six weeks, this NVA Toolsite Spotlight...

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6 New Tools for Food System Planners

Over the last nine years New Venture Advisors has had the privilege of participating in over 60 food systems studies ranging from feasibility studies to market assessments, business plans and strategic business improvement plans. They have ranged in focus from local...

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The Good Food Glossary: What is (and isn’t) a Food Hub?

There are so many “new” terms out there describing our food these days. They are on the produce racks (natural, organic, local, sustainably grown, fresh) and they are in the grocery aisles (whole grain, gluten free, no preservatives) and in the meat case! (hormone...

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Reflections on Leadership and Human Flourishing

Earlier this month I was glad to attend the Community Food Systems Conference hosted by the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project at Tufts University. Not only was it an occasion to reconnect with friends and former clients, to enjoy the local food scene in...

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14 Favorite Good Food Books & Films

We set out to curate a list of books that might comprise the canon of literature of the good food movement. But we quickly realized that the vastness of the issues and range of viewpoints would make it almost impossible to settle on a shortlist. So instead we decided...

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Small to Medium Sized Miracles: Food Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

Anyone who has attempted to launch a food business knows how difficult it can be. Whether it’s raising capital, finding and retaining talent, balancing a side hustle with a full time job or finding reliable co-packers, we hear lots of stories from entrepreneurs that...

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Sowing the Seeds of Capitalism in Cuba

Late last year, not long after then president Barack Obama reduced trade restrictions with Cuba, the chance to explore the state of sustainable agriculture in Cuba became an opportunity I did not want to miss. In early February, I was introduced to a world I knew...

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10 Books That Inspired Us This Year

We, like everyone, now read most of our news, research, opinions and ideas online—through articles, blogs, social media posts, and digital debates. But we find that reading a good old fashioned book (yes, even when it’s read on a tablet!) is when we truly become...

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Immersive Roadmapping: A Tune-Up for Small Businesses

Last month, New Venture Advisors had the opportunity to coach twelve fellows of the Good Food Business Accelerator for a full day session. What an incredible program and inspiring group of entrepreneurs! The Good Food Business Accelerator gets farm and food businesses...

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When to Leap and When to Learn

December…while it is, first and foremost, a time for us to be with our friends and family, be thankful, take out our mittens and hats, and celebrate the season – it is also the time for reflection and planning. This may sound boring to some people, but we tend to geek...

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6 Insights from a New York State Grain Hub Study

Of our growing list of local food systems projects, the majority of them are focused on how to best help move local specialty produce into more wholesale markets. We love this work, and it is incredible to see how this landscape of local produce intermediaries has...

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Kitchen incubators: is there a recipe for success?

Ten years ago, the kitchen incubator was a novel concept. Since then, the food landscape has evolved pretty dramatically. We are now flooded with artisan products (or specialty, local, small batch – insert your favorite food movement here!) and have unparalleled...

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Frozen Local is Heating Up: Is it Worth It? Part II

We’re reporting back with operator perspectives in hand…and the answer is (drumroll please): it depends. As you probably expected! Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of moderating an incredibly insightful panel discussion at the National Good Food Network 2016...

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Frozen Local is Heating Up: Is it Worth It? Part I

More and more, food hubs are wondering if they should build frozen processing capabilities. At first review, it seems like a solution to so many challenges in the local food system. Growers struggle when their key crops are ready for sale at the same time as other...

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Risky Business: Good Food in Small Stores

Access to healthy, fresh and affordable food is unfortunately not a given in all parts of the globe, nor in the U.S. Improving food access is a founding tenet of the good food movement, and today there are many national, regional and local organizations with missions...

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The Role of Food Hubs in Food Access

In January Wholesome Wave hosted the Transforming Food Access Summit in Atlanta. We attended the conference to co-host a session with Farm Fresh Rhode Island, a food hub in Providence that is having tremendous impact on community health. Our panel explored the...

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