Case Studies

Our clients astonish us with their vision and determination to have a positive impact in their communities through creative food system interventions.

We are just beginning to chronicle the hundreds of projects that we’ve completed for a wide range of clients, knowing that the issues they face and the innovative solutions they have conceived will inspire and resonate with change-makers everywhere. We’ve begun with a few recent projects and will add from our library over time.

We invite you to browse our case studies below.

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Case Study: Manchester, New Hampshire’s Healthy Food Access Plan

Client: City of Manchester Health Department

Location: Manchester, NH

Project Type: Food System Planning

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Kansas Pathways

Cedar Rapids Community Gardens in Parks Plan

Clients: City of Cedar Rapids

Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Project Type: Food System Planning, Placemaking

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CLiCK, Inc. Expansion Plan

Client: CLiCK, Inc.

Location: Windham, CT

Project Type: Feasibility Study

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Kansas Pathways

A County by County Approach to Food System Planning

Clients: Norton Regional Health Foundation, Food and Farm Council of Riley County and the City of Manhattan, and Live Well Geary County Food Policy Council

Location: Norton, Riley and Geary Counties in Kansas

Project Type: Food System Planning

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Adoption of the City of Wichita/Sedgwick County Food System Master Plan

Client: The Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita

Location: Wichita, KS

Project Type: Food System Plan

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Shagbark Growth Strategy

Client: Shagbark Seed & Mill

Location: Athens, OH

Project Type: Growth Strategy

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Damian’s Craft Meats Processing Facility

Client: Damian’s Craft Meats

Location: Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County, Michigan

Project Type: Feasibility Study, Facility Design and Business Plan

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Shenandoah Agricultural Enterprise Center

Client: Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission

Location: Staunton, VA

Project Type: Food System Assessment and Feasibility Study

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Fruit for Good Product Launch

Client: Good Food Collective

Location: Durango, CO

Project Type: Business Planning and Coaching

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Wichita-Sedgwick County Food System Master Plan

Client: Greater Wichita YMCA

Location: Wichita and Sedgwick County, KS

Project Type: Food System Plan

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Linn County Food System Assessment

Client: Linn County Food Systems Council

Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

Project Type: Food System Assessment

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Great Plains Food Bank Mobile Market

Client: Great Plains Food Bank

Location: Fargo, ND

Project Type: Growth Strategy

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Oneida Food Innovation Center

Client: Oneida Nation

Location: Oneida, WI

Project Type: Food Center Feasibility Study and Design Development

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 Whatcom County Food System Plan

In 2021, the Whatcom County Food System Committee conducted a community food assessment that pointed to key opportunities to build a more robust and resilient regional food system. New Venture Advisors partnered with Whatcom County staff and the Food System Committee to draft a Whatcom County Food System Plan that builds upon these findings. This Plan focuses on five key goals for building a more equitable, sustainable, and resilient food system, and was informed by an inclusive community engagement process. The Food System Plan will provide the county with a policy roadmap that will strengthen the local food system for years to come. (2023)

 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 collaborative production kitchen benefitting food access, school system, and community organizations. The goal is strengthening 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. The facility will also feature an incubation kitchen, demonstration kitchen, event and classroom space, collaborative office and conference facilities, and housing.  New Venture Advisors developed the business case for this ambitious project and continues to support its development through engagement and operational development. (2023)