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 25 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

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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  • Developing sustainable local economy plans and initiatives

  • 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

  • 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 topics, including economic, ecological, cultural, food and agriculture, and rural and Appalachian issues.

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