Presented by Community Food Funders; co-sponsored by the Joyce & Irving Goldman Family Foundation and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders
Farm and food entrepreneurs in New England and the Hudson Valley are facing the challenges of climate change, an economic structure that has left rural America in poverty, as well as an ongoing history of racism, sexism and bigotry. These rural communities in our region are resilient, but they need our support to thrive.
The Agricultural Viability Alliance, formerly the Blueprint, is made up of members who work to support the farmers and food businesses of this region to not only meet these challenges – but to create a thriving, sustainable and more resilient food system. By providing essential 1-to-1 business support they reduce the stress and increase the stability and confidence of these foundational businesses while encouraging start ups. This type of assistance supports small business owners in preparing for climate impacts, improving pay for farm workers, and encouraging civic engagement from our rural community members.
Join CFF as we hear from farm and food business technical assistance providers, as well as the entrepreneurs they support, to understand this critical resource and how we can better support a thriving local food system.