Smithson Mills

Creative Thinking. Real-World Problem Solving.
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34 West Oakview Road, Asheville, Buncombe County 28806, United States

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Creative Thinking. Real-World Problem Solving.

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Smithson Mills has served as lead manager for economic development projects impacting food entrepreneurship and farm-based production. By consulting with farm-based producer groups on best practices for marketing and management of agricultural enterprises, Mills has influenced the success of several projects outlined in the Research section of this site.

From 2007 to 2011, Mills led the successful development of Foothills Pilot Plant, a small-scale poultry and rabbit processing facility serving independent producers in the Southern Appalachian Region. Mills now assists community organizations in replicating this effort and establishing local USDA and FDA inspected food processing facilities throughout the country.

Mills served as lead project developer for Blue Ridge Food Ventures, the largest shared-use food processing center in the Southeast, and one of the most successful of its kind in the nation. Mills assists local governments and nonprofits in executing comprehensive feasibility studies to determine the viability of rural economic development strategies

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).


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