Local Economies Project

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ABOUT

The Local Economies Project supports vibrant, interconnected communities that are powered by the people who live there. We see food and farming as a cornerstone of every region, so our major initiatives revolve around food hubs (infrastructure and marketing), farm hubs (farmer training and services), and education (farm-to-school and community). We’re using a range of philanthropic tools to help these efforts take root and grow.

But we know we can’t do it alone. We’re engaging others in a spirit of collaboration by convening, connecting and catalyzing the people and projects that will help realize this vision.

Our work is focused on New York’s Hudson Valley, the nexus of the largest food market in the country. We hope our efforts will inspire widespread change throughout other regions.

We are pleased to announce the release of two white papers, each marking a significant step forward for our Food Hubs research.  These writings are the results of research projects commissioned this past year by LEP.  We invite you to read them and to share them with others dedicated to a more resilient food system.

FINANCING A BETTER FOOD SYSTEM: A Study of Infrastructure Needs and Available Financing in the Hudson Valley.   A white paper for the Local Economies Project of the New World Foundation, by Sarah Brannen and Karen Hiniker Simons, Upstream Advisors.

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REVIVING GRAIN IN THE HUDSON VALLEY.  A white paper for the Local Economies Project of the New World Foundation, by Sarah Brannen.