• Food for the People: Swift & Creative Responses Amidst COVID-19 July 27, 2020 California’s food industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that consists of many different types of businesses and organizations that grow, process, and distribute food across the state, country, and around the world. Ownership across the food system has seen decades of corporate consolidation, resulting in negative social and economic impacts. From seeds to land ownership… Read More
  • BLVD MRKT: Investing in Healthy Food & Economic Development in Montebello May 26, 2020 For more than a year and a half, Gentefy engaged the community, including connecting with local elected officials, business owners, and by hosting roundtable discussions. After connecting with more than 250 people of various ages and ethnic backgrounds, it became clear that the community wanted places to go that create an experience; something more than… Read More
  • california freshworks Key Findings from California FreshWorks’ First Program Evaluation March 6, 2020 Community Vision administers the California FreshWorks program, a statewide network of CDFI lenders that provide financing to food enterprises that invest in an equitable food system and increase access to affordable, healthy, culturally-appropriate food in underserved communities. We approach food access not only as a health issue, but also a community development and equity issue. Read More
  • For the Culture Market: Building Up Black Women Entrepreneurs January 24, 2020 Just BE and The Runway Project co-hosted the 4th annual For the Culture: Black Women’s Holiday Market at Impact Hub Oakland over two of the biggest holiday shopping days, Oakland’s Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday. Read More
  • Cultivating Change for an Inclusive Economy November 25, 2019 The Community Capital Conference, better known as COCAP, took place this year at Impact Hub Oakland and the Intersection for the Arts, both community-based coworking facilities. Read More
  • Dig Deep Farms’ Food Hub: Investing in Local Health & Wealth October 23, 2019 Over the last two decades local governments have become increasingly involved in cultivating community-based food systems as a path towards community and economic development Read More
  • Supporting Women-Owned Micro-businesses for a Healthy Rural Economy September 17, 2019 With more than 20 years of experience in rural micro-business development, the Jefferson Economic Development Institute (JEDI) doesn’t subscribe to the dire predictions about the declining economic future of rural communities. Rather, JEDI’s experience serving micro-businesses demonstrates the opposite -- that a growing number of individuals, especially women, are starting businesses to supplement their incomes… Read More
  • Reflections from the 2019 California FreshWorks Summit September 6, 2019 Read More
  • Community Foods Market, Community Vision, NCCLF Building Power: Aligning Capital with Justice May 30, 2019 June 1st, 2019 marks the official opening of Community Foods Market (CFM) at 3105 San Pablo Avenue in West Oakland. This article celebrates CFM’s grand opening as a moment years in the making and only possible because of the work and dedication of many people. It also celebrates CFM as a model of what it… Read More
  • Increasing access to food in California’s Hoopa Valley May 9, 2019 In 2016, food insecurity became a front and center issue for the Hoopa Valley Reservation when the only grocery store operating within a 40-mile radius of the Klamath-Trinity region was forced to close due to a significant rodent infestation. Consequently, the community was left without any local food retailers and was designated a food desert… Read More