How Small Farms Can Be Sustainable Businesses?

At the November 9th Sustainability Speaker Series, Ken Meter will teach us how small farms can be sustainable businesses. 

Ken's professional path has taken him from sustainability measurement to immersion in local foods initiatives. He has been invited to bring his expertise to 38 states, including writing a $9.85-million investment plan for local foods for the State of South Carolina. This presentation will suggest that creating local clusters of sustainable food businesses can help urban and rural communities retain financial resources and strengthen social networks. Bring your best suggestions (and concerns) for how to make the strongest economic case for local foods!

Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the U.S., integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. Meter holds 44 years of experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building. His local economic analyses have promoted local food networks in 108 regions across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to the South Carolina local food investment plan, he has completed statewide food system assessments for Alaska, Mississippi, Indiana, Ohio, and Minnesota, and has written several food hub feasibility studies. Meter is co-author of the forthcoming USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Toolkit for measuring economic impacts of local food development, co-author of "Critical Analysis of Economic Impact Methodologies," and serves as contributing editor to the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. As coordinator of public process for the City of Minneapolis Sustainability Initiative, he guided over 85 residents in creating a 50-year vision for the city including sustainability measures. You can find his work at the Crossroads Resource Center website: www.crcworks.org.