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The Leopold Center at Iowa State University

Des Moines, Iowa


SCALE, Inc worked with the Leopold Center from April of 2010 through February 2011 as a speaker, trainer and consultant to the Center and three of its regional food groups. The consultation began with a keynote address at the Leopold Center’s annual meeting in April in Des Moines, a gathering that included nearly 200 farmers, University and Extension staff, small businesses and local foods advocates.

Based on requests from several of our food system partners across the state, we brought Anthony back to Iowa for focused consulting work, following his keynote presentation at our annual meeting. His set of skills stood out from others that we were considering to work with our local food businesses and practitioners. Based on the feedback we’ve received from them, there is no question that we’d bring him to Iowa again!
— Rich Pirog Associate Director, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Des Moines, Iowa

In November, SCALE worked intensively on-site with three regional food groups in different parts of Iowa, each linked to the Leopold Center. This consultation was customized for each group (using email and conference calls in advance) to better meet their stage of development, with a common focus on increasing the scale of both food production and markets. Farmers markets, value chain development and working with existing food businesses to enhance aggregation and distribution were among the topics explored during these training sessions. Two of the groups also engaged SCALE for follow-up consultation by phone.

The contract concluded with a webinar lead by Rich Pirog, Associate Director of the Center, and SCALE’s Anthony Flaccavento, along with three other consultants involved in food system work.

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Anthony Flaccavento:

Anthony Flaccavento

Anthony Flaccavento has 25 years of hands-on experience in sustainable community development, along with a BS degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science and a Masters degree in Economic and Social Development.

Anthony has been a certified organic produce farmer for the past 15 years during which time he also founded and directed Appalachian Sustainable Development. He is the author of “Healthy Food Systems: A Tool Kit for building Value Chains” and over 100 published articles.

Clients & Partners:

the logos of clients and partners Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture The Local Food Hub Virginia Cooperative Extension Appalachian Regional Commission Farm to Table, New Mexico