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Rutland Area Farm and Food Link Measures

Tags: Agriculture, Evaluation, Facilitation, Measurement, Natural Resource Based Economic Development, You Get What You Measure

Client Name: Rutland Area Farm and Food Link, Fair Food

Client Type: Non-profit

Year: 2014, 2015

Location: Vermont, Philadelphia

The Rutland Area Farm and Food Link received a 2014 partnership grant from Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NESARE).  Rutland Area Farm and Food Link’s (RAFFL) programs link small-scale, diversified, and local farms with new markets.  In order to measure impact and evaluate progress toward the goal of advancing farming that is profitable, environmentally sound, and beneficial to the community, RAFFL is working with a partner organization (Fair Food in Philadelphia) and evaluator (Yellow Wood) to identify meaningful measures, establish systems to collect data, test the effectiveness of metrics, and analyze results.  The evaluation will be shared through the Vermont Farm to Plate network, the Value Chain facilitation working group, and other statewide agricultural networks.