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.