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: Economies, Communities, and Love
Anthony Flaccavento gives 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.
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.
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.
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.