Category: Projects

  • Connecting Rural Groceries and Farms

    Connecting Rural Groceries and Farms

    Helianth is exploring ways to better connect rural groceries with the farms that, while largely rural in nature, often do not provide fresh produce to their community’s retail outlets. This is a major challenge for food security and sustainability. To further this effort, we are connecting with other practitioners in the field, developing research initiatives, […]

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  • Success Factors for Rural Farm-to-School Initiatives

    Success Factors for Rural Farm-to-School Initiatives

    Helianth has produced a case study, the first of a three-part series, that explores the challenges and successes of Humboldt County Office of Education’s Farm-to-School endeavors. The study explores how a rural and remote northern California community has become a leader in the farm-to-school realm through the support of numerous state and federal grants, the […]

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  • Technical Studies for Planning and Implementation

    Technical Studies for Planning and Implementation

    Helianth’s team has produced and contributed to several studies focused on supply chain projects. These studies have been produced for and in support of USDA funding programs and regional initiatives; they have been used to guide conceptual designs, secure additional resources to support project implementation, and inform local and state policy developments.

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  • Supporting Tribal Food Sovereignty

    Supporting Tribal Food Sovereignty

    Helianth’s team has produced and contributed to grants, planning documents, and community development initiatives that support food sovereignty for Tribal nations and Indigenous communities. Included in this work is attention to expanding perspectives of how food is sourced, shared, consumed, and celebrated – namely, because food and medicines are an anchor for culture and community, […]

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  • Equipping Farmers to Adopt Conservation Practices

    Equipping Farmers to Adopt Conservation Practices

    Helianth is investigating the data needs, operating functions, value propositions, and business requirements of a multi-sided platform that will support adoption of conservation tillage and cover cropping by connecting small/mid-sized farmers in the Midwest US with farm equipment operators or equipment sharing systems. Through stakeholder engagement and iterative R&D, we are validating the market value, […]

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