After years of starting and running my own businesses and consulting for the Public Sector in the areas of Strategy and alignment, I turned 5 years ago to an area where I felt I had a small contribution to make.
I researched the many issues regarding the sustainability of small farmers, and seen the incredible work being done by others. What is very often missing though is the need to create replicable working business models, and critically to synergise/network in a practical sense the often disjointed or localised efforts of those already involved in the value chain.
Thus my goal has become, along side the many others with similar aims, to contribute to the creation of an environment conducive to the Growth and Sustainability of Small organic farms, Farmers and Artisans. This will bring about increased income security as well as job creation in the urban and more importantly to me, the rural environments, not only for farmers but in related services. Another spin-off is the enhancement of food security and health of the population of surrounding areas as a whole.
Where to start?