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.