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New Growth Associates is currently partnering with Crossroads Resource Center in order to  assess the economic impacts of food and agriculture re-localization efforts, inform investment strategies for food systems based infrastructure, and to empower communities to plan for their own sustainable futures. New Growth Associates is also moving forward a variety of niche grains projects including winter malting grade barley production, specialty wheat flours, and fresh, milled oats. Megan Phillips Goldenberg is supporting two low income food access assessments for the Food Basket in Hawaii and the Sacramento Food Bank in California, alongside an agricultural education infrastructure mapping study in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 


Crossroads Resource Center, in partnership with New Growth Associates, recently finished a food system strategic plan for the state of South Carolina, commissioned jointly by that state’s departments of agriculture and commerce. This work focused on preparing an action plan for investments the state can make to ensure that food produced by South Carolina farms is consumed by South Carolina consumers.  Moreover, the study has been produced in a highly collaborative process with a South Carolina partners – who were so excited about the first draft that some people have launched implementation activities, based on an early draft, prior to the study’s release.  This project engages stakeholders as diverse as multi-millionaire specialty foods producers, to broadline food distributors, to low-income farmers tilling a few acres, to bankers, to national food processing companies, to environmentalists, and the state Farm Bureau. Read the full report, here

While sub-contracting with WPM Consulting, Megan Phillips Goldenberg conducted a feasibility study for Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, titled, Finding Money for Food and Agriculture Project in Colorado. The purpose of this study was to examine the opportunities and challenges associated with financing food and agriculture related projects in Colorado, since Colorado traditionally lags behind other agriculture states regarding federal funding and financing mechanisms. Twenty-three interviews and town hall style meetings were conducted in order to produce a six-point plan for increasing awareness of opportunities and how best to approach different funders for certain projects; increasing confidence and decreasing dread and confusion about funding processes; and supporting advanced planning for grants and financing opportunities. Less than one-and-a-half years after the release of this study, two of the six points have been implemented by other community partners.   

In partnership with WPM Consulting, Colorado State University, and LiveWell Longmont, Megan Phillips Goldenberg analyzed community food assessment data (townhall meeting transcripts, primary survey data, secondary quanitative data, and academic literature) in order to determine unique food access issues faced by residents of Longmont. Although Longmont was once a stand-alone city, it now serves as a suburban bedroom community to both metro Denver and metro Boulder, while also housing many of the region’s migrant workers. This rapidly shifting demographic and identity created unique food access issues not regularly addressed by standard “food desert” approaches. Megan’s analysis gave rise to a plan for investing in what became known as a hyper-local, neighborhood-based food system. In the subsequent two years since the study was released, the findings of the study were used to leverage community partnerships into the construction of a one-acre city farm in the heart of the city’s hispanic community; “train the trainer” style cooking classes at the community center; home gardener education courses; as well as to advocate for the addition of healthy eating and active living to the city comprehensive plan. At last contact, a health and wellness chapter for the city comprehesive plan was being reviewed by city council and the outlook was good. 


Thilmany McFadden, D., A. Bauman, R. Hill, B. Jablonski, S. Deller, A. Morales, K. Meter, M.P. Goldenberg, D. Swenson, D. Tropp, T. Schmit, D. Conner, and D. Hughes. 2015. Economic Impacts of Local and Regional Food Systems. USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: Washtington D.C. Preprint.

Lynch, J., K. Meter, G. Robles-Schrader, M.P. Goldenberg, E. Bassler, S. Chusid, and C. Jansen Austin. 2015. Exploring Economic and Health Impacts of Local Food Procurement. Illinois Public Health Institute: Chicago, IL.
Goldenberg, M.P. and V. Zilke. 2015. Ypsilanti Farmers MarketHub: Planning for Micro-Distribution of Local Food to Increase Food Access. Growing Hope: Ypsilanti, MI.
Meter, K. and M.P. Goldenberg. 2015. Current Capacities for Farm-to-School Purchasing, Data Collection, and Analysis in South Carolina. College of Charleston: Charleston, SC.

Meter, K. and M.P. Goldenberg. 2014. Alaska: Building Food Security in Alaska. Alaska Food Policy Council. 

Meter, K. and M.P. Goldenberg. 2014. An Overview of Mississippi's Farm and Food Economy. Mississippi Food Policy Council and Winrock International.

Meter, K. and M.P. Goldenberg. 2013. Making Small Farms into Big Business. South Carolina Departments of Agriculture and Commerce with Palmetto Agribusiness Council. 

Moschetti, W.P. and M. Phillips. 2013. Montezuma County’s Food System Assessment: Consumers’ PerspectivesMontezuma County’s Food System Assessment.
Moschetti, W.P. and M. Phillips. 2013. Understanding the Food Environment, Policies, and Programs that Affect Healthy Food Access. Northwest Colorado Community Food Assessment.
Moschetti, W.P. and M. Phillips. 2012. Understanding Access to Healthy Foods for Food Insecure Populations in Chaffee CountyChaffee County Food Assessment.
Sullins, M., M. Sloan, M. Phillips, and D. Thilmany. 2010. Food Security and Access in Northern Colorado. Northern Colorado Food Assessment.
Powell, S., M. Phillips, and D. Thilmany. 2010. A Closer Look at Farm Operators. Northern Colorado Food Assessment.

Phillips, M., D. Thilmany-McFadden. 2010. Selling Local- Campaigns to Encourage Local Consumerism. Economic Development Report 10-02, Colorado State University Extension, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Fort Collins, CO.

Phillips, M., D. Thilmany-McFadden, and M. Sullins. 2010. Possible Roles For Social Networking in Agritourism Development. Agricultural Marketing Report 10-01, Colorado State University Extension, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Fort Collins, CO.
Phillips, M., D. Thilmany McFadden, and M. Sullins. 2009. Social Networking and Marketing for Colorado's Agricultural Producers. Agricultural Marketing Report 09-05, Colorado State University Extension, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Fort Collins, CO.

Phillips, M., W.P. Moschetti,  and D. Thilmany-McFadden. Food Environments and Access Issues in Colorado: A Case for Rethinking Food Deserts and How to Address Them. Colorado Department of Health and Environment. Denver, CO, December 12, 2011.

Phillips, M., W.P. Moschetti, M.T. Houghton, G. Nurse, and D. Thimany-McFadden. Community Food Assessments and Healthy Food Access Beyond Urban Centers. Community Food Security Coalition Conference. Oakland, CA, November 7, 2011.

Phillips, M.E., W.P. Moschetti, M.T. Houghton, G. Nurse, and D. Thimany-McFadden. Food Access Issues on the Suburban/Urban Interface- A Case for Rethinking Food Deserts and How to Address Them. Public Health in the Rockies. Steamboat, CO, September 23, 2011.

Phillips, M., Thilmany, D., and M. Sullins. How Effective is Social Networking for Direct Marketers? Food Distribution Research Conference. Broomfield, CO. November 3, 2009.

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