SCALE, inc.
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Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies


Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies

SCALE — Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies — combines a new vision for economic prosperity and resilience with tested skills and strategies to help us get there. Based on over 30 years of hands-on experience in sustainable community development, SCALE focuses on three core elements:

  • Building diverse, resilient economies at the local and regional level, based on local assets and better meeting local needs

  • Growing local “capital” and wealth, in food and farming and other natural resource-based economic sectors, that also rebuild ecological health

  • Catalyzing networks, of entrepreneurs, farmers, consumers and advocates that accelerate and deepen healthy local economies

  • Broadening the base of support for progressive economic and political policies

The central purpose of SCALE is to catalyze and accelerate economies which increase community wealth and restore or sustain the ecosystem. The services are designed for community leaders, farmers, small businesses and nonprofit practitioners who are engaged in working towards sustainable economic development initiatives.


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“Bread & Butter Rural Progressivism”

In the aftermath of Anthony’s congressional campaign, a number of things became quite clear: First, the image or ‘brand’ of Democrats, liberals and progressives is very bad in much of rural America. While there can be no doubt that right wing media, pundits and politicians have played a huge role in this shift, it is also the case that progressives and Dems have done little to help themselves in the eyes of working people and rural communities. Second, a substantial part of this image problem comes from messaging and communications that misses the boat: focused on the big issues and policy positions of national organizations, lacking empathy or understanding of rural priorities, and too many words with too little clarity and substance. And third, that unless we undertake a long term commitment – beginning now - to address these issues, we’ll never overcome the alienation and, frankly, hostility we now routinely face in rural communities.




  • Developing sustainable local economy plans and initiatives

  • Feasibility studies and business plans for bottom up economies and healthy food system

  • Value chain design and planning

  • Identifying community assets and gaps and building local capacity

  • Launching farmers markets, CSAs and farmer networks

  • Technical assistance for farmers


  • Rural development, ecological economics and sustainability

  • Tackling the “rural-urban divide”

  • Building community wealth and asset-based, sustainable economies

  • Increasing access to healthy food for lower income people

  • Health and ecological benefits of organic and grass-based farming

writing & analysis

On a wide range of issues and topics, from economic strategies to politics and communications. Includes strategy documents, tools and technical documents related to food and farming, communications and messaging, research and analysis of economic, rural development and other issues and more.

There‘s no more hopeful movement in the United States than the drive towards local food, and with it strong regional economies. As he has been for so many years, Anthony Flaccavento is at the forefront of this movement; if SCALE can go to scale, we‘ll all be the better for it.
— Bill McKibben, Author of Deep Economy, founder of, and Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont Need a Hand? Contact SCALE