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

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

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

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

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...

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14 Favorite Good Food Books & Films

14 Favorite Good Food Books & Films

Two years ago my husband and I became the co-owners of EcoEnclose, a business that manufactures and distributes sustainable shipping solutions to eco-focused ecommerce businesses. Through my many years as a management consultant and then a food entrepreneur, my...

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Small to Medium Sized Miracles: Food Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

Small to Medium Sized Miracles: Food Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

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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Sowing the Seeds of Capitalism in Cuba

Sowing the Seeds of Capitalism in Cuba

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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10 Books That Inspired Us This Year

10 Books That Inspired Us This Year

Communities around the globe are grappling with the consequences of climate change and working to come up with strategies aimed at mitigating its effects and building local climate resilience. As a Californian, I have experienced firsthand weather patterns that are...

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Immersive Roadmapping: A Tune-Up for Small Businesses

Immersive Roadmapping: A Tune-Up for Small Businesses

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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When to Leap and When to Learn

When to Leap and When to Learn

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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6 Insights from a New York State Grain Hub Study

6 Insights from a New York State Grain Hub Study

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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Kitchen incubators: is there a recipe for success?

Kitchen incubators: is there a recipe for success?

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...

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

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

Two years ago my husband and I became the co-owners of EcoEnclose, a business that manufactures and distributes sustainable shipping solutions to eco-focused ecommerce businesses. Through my many years as a management consultant and then a food entrepreneur, my...

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

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

Anyone reading the food news these days would think that Big Food is dead. In recent years, analysts have been alert to the trends, publishing excellent reports such as Is Big Food In Trouble? (A.T. Kearney/The Hartman Group, 2016), Invasion of the bottle snatchers:...

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Risky Business: Good Food in Small Stores

Risky Business: Good Food in Small Stores

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 Role of Food Hubs in Food Access

The Role of Food Hubs in Food Access

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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3 Trends Shaping 2016

3 Trends Shaping 2016

Two years ago my husband and I became the co-owners of EcoEnclose, a business that manufactures and distributes sustainable shipping solutions to eco-focused ecommerce businesses. Through my many years as a management consultant and then a food entrepreneur, my...

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4 Ways Interviews Can Help Develop Regional Food Systems

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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