Toolsite Spotlight: A How-To Guide for MarketSizer® and HubSizer® Users

Toolsite Spotlight: A How-To Guide for MarketSizer® and HubSizer® Users

New Venture Advisors launched the MarketSizer® and HubSizer® Toolsite earlier this year to enable anyone to conduct preliminary assessments of various types of food system infrastructure. The results allow users to refine their food business concepts and due diligence plans. The Toolsite has been used by more than 1,000 visitors since March 2018. We surveyed […]

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 free, grass-fed, antibiotic free, farmed, fresh caught). There are also some […]

Ready, aim, farm! How one county is addressing wholesale readiness

Ready, aim, farm! How one county is addressing wholesale readiness

The regionally-based, source-identified wholesale supply chain, once a creature of mystery reserved for the imagination of a handful of optimistic change-makers, is now a successful tool for creating market opportunities for agricultural producers and conveniently delivering safe food to consumers. Here at New Venture Advisors, we often work with groups that come to us with […]

The Role of Food Hubs in Food Access

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 intersection of local food and healthy food access. It was an exciting opportunity […]

3 Trends Shaping 2016

3 Trends Shaping 2016

As the year comes to a close, many of us are reflecting on the year behind and making plans for the year ahead. I always find it inspiring when the NVA team meets to talk about how we’re doing, what we’re learning and the trends we’re observing. We use these insights to refine internal processes, […]

Food Hub Networks: the Local Food Movement’s Future?

One thing I love about working in local food, and with food hubs in particular, is how the space is ever evolving. Planning organizations and current or aspiring food hub operators are constantly evaluating the business model – identifying opportunities to better serve their growers, improve access to local food in their community, and increase […]

9 Trends in Food Hub Planning

After two years working with incredible, diverse and passionate local project teams on dozens of food system assessments, I always get excited when we start a new project. We have no preconceived ideas about the local food landscape or the direction we think a food enterprise model will take – we let the research and […]