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New Agrarian Center

New Agrarian Center helps to build healthy, sustainable & equitable communities and local food systems through two key programs: City Fresh and the George Jones Farm. City Fresh provides naturally-grown, local produce at weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fresh Stops in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. City Fresh meets the needs of both urban and rural communities by improving access to fresh, locally-grown food for urban residents and increasing marketing opportunities in the city for local farmers. Shares have two prices to accommodate low-income shareholders. The George Jones Farm is a 70-acre research farm and nature preserve inspired by permaculture. NAC’s vision is to build a vibrant network that links the local foods movement with social justice, economic development, and environmental stewardship.

Executive Director: Nick Swetye

SVP Lead Partner: Jim Vail

Years of Engagement: 2014–2017

SVP Impact

  Unrestricted Grants      $ 45,000  
  Volunteer Hours      205

Capacity Building Areas:

  • Program Evaluation
  • Fundraising Strategy/Fund Development
  • Marketing/Outreach/Communications
  • Customer Retention
  • Board Development

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Over the course of NAC’s three-year SVP engagement, SVP Partners got a little healthier, filling their tables with fresh produce through participation in NAC’s CSA program City Fresh. Improving health was a mutual endeavor, though. While City Fresh’s veggies were providing nutrient boosts to Partners, Lead Partner Jim Vail and a nearly 40 strong Partner Advisory Team sowed seeds of capacity-building insight for NAC including developing multi-tiered marketing and communication plans and coaching its board in member recruitment, onboarding practices, and attaining fundraising goals. Read More »