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Our clients are community groups, state and municipal planners, investors and entrepreneurs. Their common thread is a shared goal of creating a more connected and equitable food system within their communities. They seek greater access to markets and technical assistance for their local farmers and producers. And they envision more nutritious and sustainably sourced food in their local institutions, restaurants and markets.


New Venture Advisors has authored a number of reports and resources that are available to the public to support advocates of local food system development across the country. These publications represent the spectrum of our services from opportunity identification frameworks to feasibility study examples and guidelines for developing business plans and fundraising. They comprise a variety of food enterprise categories in alignment with our expertise.


Thinking about starting a local food business but not sure how to evaluate the market? Searching for statistics regarding local food capacity? You are not alone. Despite its growing significance, local food sales and production data are not easy to find. So we developed a means to estimate them: the Local Food MarketSizer® by New Venture Advisors. Our tool uses data from public and private sources to calculate unmet demand for local food at the state and county level. With a few clicks you can estimate the potential of the market in your area for local meat, dairy, poultry & eggs and fruits & vegetables.


Interested in food security and local food distribution in rural communities? In 2015, New Venture Advisors began working with rural grocery stores in Kansas, Iowa and Michigan to explore converting them into food hubs as a means of preserving these vital community assets. We are excited to share the report that emerged from this work, as well as the preliminary version of the Food Hub Self-Assessment Tool for Rural Grocery Stores, an easy-to-use online widget that allows store owners to generate a simple capacity-based model for a food hub operating out of their store.

About The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook

The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook is a free database of degree programs, consultants, scholarships, funding, conferences, and other education and training resources for professionals and students focused on food systems work. It is published by the Thomas A. Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems in collaboration with the North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN). The Lyson Center is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (a 501c3 nonprofit organization affiliated with Cornell University).


Contact Duncan Hilchey with any questions or comments.