SCALE, Inc provides education and analysis, workshops and technical assistance and public speaking to help build healthy food systems and sustainable economies around the nation. You can view some of SCALE’s most recent projects below.
Featured Project: Make the Farmers Market Your Supermarket
SCALE coordinated with the Abingdon Farmers Market and a local videographer to coordinate the “Make the Farmers Market Your Supermarket” challenge, happening throughout the course of the Market’s summer season 2019. This initiative includes multiple videos, up-to-date product listings available online, and the “Fifty Percent Challenge,” which asks shoppers to commit to buying 50% of their groceries from the Farmers Market for a month.
In March of 2019, SCALE was contracted by the Wilder Foundation to examine the financial sustainability of the Twin City Mobile Market (TCMM). The report included a contextual analysis of mobile markets in general, site-based and interview driven observations and goal assessment, and a specific five part recommendation plan to enhance the long term financial viability and self-sustainability of the TCMM.
Douglas County Farmers Market Assessment
SCALE completed an assessment of the six farmers markets in and around Lawrence, KS, developing both individual plans for each market to expand and improve, as well as a strategy for how the markets can better coordinate, collaborate and promote local food purchases.
Local Economy Tour with Kimber Lanning
In September, 2017, SCALE organized a Local Economy Tour featuring nationally renowned local economy leader, Kimber Lanning. The tour featured small town Main Streets in Southwest VA and was sponsored by SCALE, the Thompson Charitable Foundation, Cumberland Plateau Planning District, Young Appalachian Patriots, Virginia Organizing and BALLE.
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma - Community Food System Assessment & Plan
For much of 2016 into the early months of 2017, SCALE worked to assess the strengths, weaknesses, gaps and opportunities to build a stronger and healthier food system within the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Clinch River Ecological Education Campus
In 2016 SCALE was awarded a contract to help St Paul take its burgeoning local energy and innovation to the next level, with a focus on how to sustainably utilize the Clinch River as the community’s most unique and important asset. Working with two other firms – Peyton Boyd Architect and QC Landscape Architects – SCALE completed a feasibility study and business plan for the Clinch River Ecological Education Campus in 2017.
Australian National Food System Tour
For two weeks in July, 2016, Anthony traveled across Australia speaking and leading workshops as part of a national food system tour sponsored by Sustain: The Australian Food Network, The Open Food Network and several other organizations.
Northeast Kansas Food Hub Feasibility Study
SCALE worked with the Douglas County Food Policy Council to complete a feasibility study, economic impact analysis and short term action plan for a food hub in a 16 county area of northeast Kansas.
Greenbriar Valley Strategic Plan
SCALE developed a five year strategic plan at the request of the Greenbrier Valley Local Foods Initiative. The plan includes an assessment of the current state of the local food system in the Greenbrier Valley, an analysis of different approaches to building both market demand and production capacity of farmers, along with specific organizational recommendations for the Local Foods Initiative over the next five years.
Building the Capacity of Farmers and Food System Leaders in Tucson, Arizona
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. View the updated production planning tool and crop enterprise budgeting spreadsheet.
Food Hub Course and Training
SCALE worked with the Wallace Center in Washington, DC, Common Market in Philadelphia and Matson Consulting in North Carolina to develop a day-long Food Hub Training designed for emerging and early stage food hubs.
Urban Farm and Food Hub in Phoenix, Arizona
Working with Cultivate South Phoenix (CUSP), SCALE developed a business plan to help guide their efforts to launch and operate a 14 acre urban farm in a working class and lower income neighborhood of South Phoenix.
Organizing and Launching a Multi-farm, Workplace-based CSA in Arkansas
Working with long-time partner, Heifer Project USA, SCALE helped design and organize a work place-based Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA enterprise, focusing on Little Rock and surrounding communities.
Economies, Communities, and Love
Anthony Flaccavento gave the inaugural presentation titled Economies, Communities and Love: Renewing the American dream from the Ground in February, 2011, launching a new Community Voices series sponsored by Virginia Tech University.