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Building the Capacity of Farmers and Food System Leaders in Tucson, Arizona

Kara Jones, packing local produce for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
Kara Jones, packing local produce for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

At the request of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, SCALE, Inc president, Anthony Flaccavento provided a week of on-site training and technical assistance to area farmers, along with a brief capacity assessment and guidance to the Food Bank's staff and board members. Farmer training was focused on increasing both the productivity and profitability of a core group of small farmers working with the food bank to supply emerging markets in the Tucson area. As part of that, SCALE updated two grower planning tools it had previously created, including a production planning tool and a crop enterprise budgeting spreadsheet. Additionally, SCALE worked with the board and staff of the Community Food Bank to increase their understanding of the challenges and requirements of operating a food aggregation and distribution business, which they were in the process of launching.

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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.

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