Innovators in Rural Community Economic Development


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…

EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program

The EPA has invited communities to apply for technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

From the EPA’s announcement, this program intends “to help…

Food Hub Management Certificate Program at UVM Launches January 2015

The first Food Hub Management Certificate Program in the country will launch at the University of Vermont this January.  Yellow Wood is particularly excited about this program.  The program draws on…

Back in Helena – Meeting with Partners, Draft Tourism Development Strategy

For the third time this year, I was back in Helena, Arkansas, this time with Samantha. Upon arriving at Memphis International Airport, we rented a sensible car this time, and were off on Highway 61,…

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