Innovators in Rural Community Economic Development


Yellow Wood brings a special combination of content and process expertise to our work.

We invite you to explore our work.  Recent projects and presentations are listed below.  You can explore additional work using the various tags in the right hand column.

National Network of Forest Practitioners

Shanna Ratner, principal of Yellow Wood Associates, Inc. was a founding member of the National Network of Forest Practitioners, serving on the organization’s Executive Committee, and as Chair of the Research Subcommittee.

Four State Produce Marketing Implementation - Year Two

Yellow Wood Associates, Inc. co-organized a regional wholesale produce marketing workshop for growers and buyers, developed a detailed organizational plan for the New England Produce Program, and prepared a guidebook for direct and traditional wholesale…

Hay Marketing Cooperative Feasibility Study

With input from an advisory group of farmers, Yellow Wood Associates, Inc. performed market research and a producer survey to determine the feasibility of starting a hay marketing cooperative in central Vermont. Results included the preparation of…

Wood Products Development Strategy

Presented the Wood Products Development Strategy for Northern New York to Utilization and Marketing Foresters from across the United States at the Vermont Wood Energy and Recycling Conference, Farm Credit Bankers from across the Northeast, the Adirondack…

Linking Biological Diversity and Sustainable Economic Development in the Adirondacks

Presented “Perspectives On Sustaining Economic Development In The Park In Balance With Nature - What’s Needed Here” at the Adirondack Park Centennial Forum

Farm Credit Training Course In The Wood Products Industry

Speech given at the Northern New York Training Seminar.

Four State Produce Marketing Study - Year One

Yellow Wood Associates, Inc. identified the potential for regional wholesale marketing of locally grown produce in the Connecticut River Valley including Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Funding was received through a Federal/State…

Market Research for Holstein Beef

Yellow Wood Associates, Inc. conducted market research to determine the demand and production requirements for Holstein beef at various stages of production, from birth to finish weight. The study involved the integration of production and marketing…

New Mexico Community Foundation Training

Yellow Wood Associates, Inc. provided training to staff and grant recipients of the New Mexico Community Foundation to assist in integrating community capacity building into the foundation, rural livelihood, and strengthening family grantee initiatives.…

Proposal for Snowmobile Industry Research and Development

Yellow Wood Associates, Inc. prepared a successful proposal to the Regional Economic Development Strategy Council of Northern New York on behalf of the Development Authority of the North Country to study the potential for further development of the…