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With over 100 years of collective experience, we've worked across the country with clients of every size, tackling projects ranging from enterprise analysis at the farm level to strategic policy planning and investment development at the state level. Bringing together our varied backgrounds as farmers, agricultural economists, food systems experts, food safety auditors, community health professionals, community organizers, communications gurus, website developers, and project managers, we have the capacity and passion to create solutions to your most pressing needs.

  • Studies, Assessments, & Analysis

    Asking the right questions to get you the right answers through a process that is both rigorous and community participatory.

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  • Project Planning

    Sometimes the hardest part is getting started. Identifying realistic goals, boundaries, timelines, and resources is the first step to a successful project.

  • Speaking

    Want to add our voice to your next event? We’d love to help with a keynote presentation, teaching, group facilitation, or rounding out a panel discussion.

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  • Coaching

    Sometimes you need a skilled coach to help you make the greatest impact. We're available to give you our focused attention and provide expert guidance to help you grow your ideas.

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  • Food Safety

    The rollout of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is fundamentally changing the agricultural and food systems landscape. We can make the transition smoother.

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  • Design & Communications

    Attractive design elements and carefully crafted language make the difference between just another report and a platform for community development. Let us help you be the difference.

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  • Principal at New Growth Associates, brings seasoned experience producing feasibility studies, economic analysis, and policy recommendation.

    Megan Phillips Goldenberg
    Principal Partner
  • Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the U.S., integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns.

    Ken Meter
    Project Partner
  • With an interdisciplinary academic background, farming experience, and work as a grant fund manager, Austin combines thoughtful intelligence with a passion for localized food systems.

    Austin Wertheimer
    Project Associate
  • A retired pediatric nurse practioner, diversified vegetable farmer, and USDA trained, food safety auditor she lends research support to New Growth Associates.

    Vicki Zilke
    Research Associate
  • A communication specialist, Jesse has an almost unnatural ability to define the problem and provide clear recommendations to communicate the solution

    Jesse Wilson
    Director of Communication
  • As a designer / developer, Dave brings over 15 years of technical knowledge to the team. His focus on the impact of design ensures the project will be understood and well received.

    Dave Baldwin
    Director of Design




  • Step One: Discovery

    Getting started is the hardest part. Clearly defining goals, identifying resources, and articulating boundaries are essential first steps. We’ll help you decide if its time to head back to the drawing board or time to move forward.

  • Step Two: Project Planning

    Once reasonable goals, necessary resources, and clear boundaries have been identified, its time to decide what’s possible and what’s needed to support those goals and advance your project.

  • Step Three: Research Existing Information

    There’s no point in wasting precious resources reinventing the wheel. We work with you to identify what you already know, collect additional existing information, and make a plan to fill in the gaps.

  • Step Four: Gather New Information

    Knowing which questions to ask, how to ask them, and who to ask can be the most critical part of any process. Good thing we’re experts. Between surveys, focus groups, and interviews, we get the job done.

  • Step Five: Analysis & Compilation

    Critical and comprehensive analysis is essential. Not only do we provide you with all the information, but we also separate the signal from the noise, helping you make sense of what it all means for you and your community.

  • Step Six: Deliverables

    All of our work results in a concise, easy to read report tailored to your needs. We can also present findings and next steps to your community and stakeholders to instill confidence and clarity for ongoing impact.


All it takes is a free conversation to talk about your ideas. It won't take long to figure out if the timing is right, and if your needs and our strengths are a good fit. Send us a brief note below, and we'll get the conversation started.

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