Innovators in Rural Community Economic Development


Community Forests as a Wealth Creation Strategy for Rural Communities

Community Forests are forests that are owned and/or managed by and on behalf of communities. They are created and maintained through participatory and collaborative processes and provide multiple benefits…

Vermont Forest Sector Systems Analysis

Vermont’s Working Lands Enterprise Board has released the final report of the Forest Sector Systems Analysis conducted by Yellow Wood Associates. The year-long project brought together hundreds of members…

Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox and You Get What You Measure

The Nonprofit Outcomes Toolbox by Robert M. Penna features You Get What You Measure developed by Yellow Wood Associates as a tool that is "exceptionally well-suited" to helping organizations collectively…

The Arts and Rural Economies: An Interactive Presentation

Shanna Ratner recently delivered a customized interactive presentation  on the arts and rural economies to a mixed audience of county supervisors, artists, and businesspeople from throughout Essex County,…

Yellow Wood in Transition

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I began Yellow Wood Associates in December 1985; 2015 marks our 30th year. I count myself very lucky to have been sustained in this enterprise for such a long time. …

Shaping value chains to meet market demand - non-GMO ingredients

Here is an example of changing consumer preferences driving a restructuring of supply chains and opening up opportunities for value chains that can deliver what the market demands.

Deep South Community Agriculture Network - WealthWorks Learning Journey, October 2014

I participated in a WealthWorks learning journey with the Deep South Community Agriculture Network (DSCAN) in October 2014. The learning journey was hosted by The United Christian Community Association…


In September 2014, I was invited, along with my colleague Judy Anderson, to present a 4-hour Board Summit for the Land Trust Alliance on collaboration.…

Rural Futures Institute seeks Associate Director

The Rural Futures Institute is a new program seeking to benefit rural people and places in Nebraska and create models that will be of value elsewhere. The institute is currently seeking an associate…

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