Community Food Projects Technical Assistance Providers

We work with a diverse and talented group of technical assistance providers representing a range of activities within the food system. 

Andy Fisher - Portland, OR

In 1994, Andy Fisher co-founded and led the Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC), a first of its kind national alliance of hundreds of groups working on urban food access and local food. Fisher led CFSC as Executive Director for 17 years, creating and gaining momentum for the concept of community food security while building the food movement as a whole. He successfully led advocacy efforts and passage of crucial federal nutrition legislation to address food security, including the establishment of the Community Food Projects and Farm to School grants. Fisher has worked on a variety of food system topics and tactics, including food policy councils, community food assessments, healthy corner stores, coalition building, and farm to cafeteria programs.

Fisher is an activist, NGO consultant, and has worked as an adjunct professor at various universities in Oregon. His book, Big Hunger, is the launch for a new vision for how to untangle corporate interests from food banks and the anti-hunger movement.

Agriculture and Land Based Training (ALBA) - Salinas, CA 

ALBA is a non-profit organization based in Salinas, CA. Since 2001, ALBA has provided educational, marketing and farm business opportunities to farm workers, aspiring and beginning farmers on two ranches totaling 150 acres of certified organic farmland. Each year, ALBA hosts 45+ primarily Hispanic farmers in its Small Farm Incubator and another 30+ Farmer Education Program participants.

Our mission is to advance economic viability, social equity and ecological land management among limited-resource and aspiring farmers. We work to create opportunities for family farms while providing education and demonstration on conservation, habitat restoration, marketing and whole farm planning.

ALBA staff consultants are: Chris Brown, Executive Director, Nathan Harkleroad, Ag Program Education Manager and Patty Howe, Administrative Director.

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Cultivating Community - Portland, ME

The New American Sustainable Agriculture Project sponsored by Cultivating Community in Portland, ME, is a long-time partner of New Entry and currently collaborates with us on the National Incubator Farm Training Initiative (NIFTI) which provides training and technical assistance to organizations across the country who operate farm incubator projects.

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International Rescue Committee - National 

Each year, the IRC helps thousands of refugees who have been granted sanctuary in the United States to rebuild their lives. An essential part of our broader resettlement efforts, the New Roots program enables refugees to reestablish their ties to the land, celebrate their heritage and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots—literally—in their new communities.

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Massachusetts Farm to School - Amherst, MA 

Simca Horwitz is the Eastern Mass. Program Director for Massachusetts Farm to School. In this role she provides training and technical assistance to food service professionals, farmers, food distributors, and community advocates and engages in local and regional food systems planning and policy efforts.  Simca is a state representative to the National Farm to School Network, sits on the National Farm to Preschool Committee, and serves as an advisor to the Massachusetts Food Plan. Simca has worked in a variety of non-profit organizations in the Boston area that focus on food and agriculture, including as a farmer and farm-based educator at a community farm and running a shared use community kitchen for culinary entrepreneurs.  She holds an M.S. in Food and Agriculture Policy from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.

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City Schoolyard Garden - Charlotteville, VA

City Schoolyard Garden cultivates academic achievement, health, environmental stewardship and community engagement through 

garden-based, experiential learning and leadership development for Charlottesville youth.

Jeanette Abi-Nadr, Executive Director, provides TA consultant services for this project. 

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