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Ag Innovations cultivates the ideas and actions needed for healthy farms, communities, and ecosystems.

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Taking A More Holistic Approach to Food Hub Feasibility: Reducing Risk Through Collaborative Process

In this 3-part series, Ag Innovations is examining food hub feasibility in a non-traditional way. This series weaves together insights from a growing body of food systems research and experience in food hub development. In our first post Efficacy of Food Hubs, we shared the USDA’s current definition of a food hub, and then we called for practitioners to expand their thinking about feasibility to include a more holistic assessment to consider how food hub projects affect the entirety of a food system in a specific area. In this second post in this 3-part series, we examine how incorporating collaborative process into food hub planning development can reduce business risk.

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We are in the business of driving positive social change. We approach our work by building collaborative partnerships and facilitating dynamic, engaging dialogues. As process experts and trusted facilitators, we stimulate breakthrough thinking that solves complex problems.   More »

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Local Food

Communities across the country are looking at strategies to strengthen local farms, improve access to local food, and build more resilient local economies. Our work building effective collaborations and leadership makes local food systems more viable. From food system assessments, to facilitating county-based working groups that make policy shift happen, we seek to engage with organizations and leaders that are committed to effecting change.

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As the arid west knows first hand, drought and climate change are ushering in a new era of water scarcity. Our work in water seeks to both develop new frameworks and models to guide policy about water, as well as bring our collaboratory style to the many efforts that we are engaged in. This work brings stakeholders together around issues ranging from groundwater management to new water storage programs.

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Working Lands

Farms, ranches, and forests are critical for the food and fiber they produce, the economic value they create, and the ecosystem services they provide. We need healthy and widespread working lands to feed us, enhance our watersheds, serve as water catchments, and provide plant and wildlife habitat. Our focus in our Working Lands is landscape scale management of this critical resource. We work with stakeholders and public agencies to identify and implement new strategies to keep working lands working, and working better, for all of us. 

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