North East Foodshed Finance Alliance (NEFFA) is a network of organizations seeking to bring about food system change through financing the growth of a sustainable food marketplace.

Our Mission is to explore potential for collaboration amongst various stakeholders – investors, foundations, entrepreneurs and consultants – who all aim to restore the local food system by increasing aligned investment in sustainable food and farm business in North East foodshed.

Our Major Effort is planning Food + Enterprise 2016, a summit fostering collaboration to finance a better food system.

We hope to build upon our previous work successfully producing the well-attended Food + Enterprise Gathering on April 10-12, 2015.

Committee Meetings: Please check our Online Workspace for additional meetings.

Our Overall Goals: NEFFA hopes to be able to achieve some of the following ends:

    • Attract new capital to the sustainable food space – individuals, institutions, foundations
    • Build new relationships to increase investment in NY Foodshed business
    • Demonstrate the need to invest in a process rather than a product
    • Expand stakeholders increasing business opportunities in NY Foodshed
    • Address barriers to food finance and financing available – S. Brannen
    • Explore role of policy, government in foodshed market innovation
    • Make connection stronger between rural and urban communities
    • Serve gaps – Not redundant – Be unique – Differentiate from other Food Conferences, e.g., NESAWG, TEDx or AFT.

Our Goals for Food + Enterprise in 2015 are as follows:

  • Educate entrepreneurs about financing options and introduce them to sources of capital and TA.
  • Highlight work of TA providers, demonstrating role to increase capital available to finance of food businesses
  • Use ramp up to event to create a Food Finance Resource Toolkit for entrepreneurs (fundable).
  • Provide a roadmap for entrepreneurs about how to raise capital.
  • Provide a forum for a variety of investors and funders to building relationships with each other and with entrepreneurs and TA Providers.

NEFFA Member Organizations:

Executive Committee
Slow Money NYC, Erica Dorn
NRDC, Jennifer Grossman, Mark Izeman
National Young Farmers Coalition, Derek Denckla
Community Food Funders, Adam Liebowitz
ArtSpace Project, Shawn McLearan

Food + Enterprise Planning Committee
Investor Committee Chair: Yerina Mugica, NRDC
Farmer & Entrepreneur Committee Chair: Ann Marie Rubin, Agrarian Trust
Consultant Committee Chair: Christine Rico, Waste to Wealth

General Committee Members
Alex Linkow, Fair Food Fund
Challey Comer, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Brian Kaminer, Invest With Values
Emily Cantor, Multiple Organics
Patricia Duffy, Food Maker Media
Peter Humphrey, Independent Investor
Robert LaValva, New Amsterdam Market
Geraldine Wang, Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders
John Friedman, JKF Law Firm
Caitlin Dourmashkin, East Williamsburg Industrial Development Corp.
Shawn McLearan, ArtSpace Project
Shira Gans, Federal Reserve Board of NY
Dan Levinson, Main Street Resources
Babbie Jacobs, Bolder Giving
Thomas Lee Helmick, Rockefeller Foundation
Kelly Taylor, NYC Brewers Guild (NYC Beer Week)
Alain Bankier, NY Angels + Foodshed Investors NY
Jenna Duffy, Brooklyn Batched
Sabrina Baronberg, Health Solutions
Karen Simons, Hudson Varick Consulting
Jill Isenbarger, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Steve Rosenberg, Scenic Hudson
Howard Basso, Basso Capital
Jim Slama, Family Farmed
Martin Ping, Hawthorne Valley Farm
Christina Grace, New Territories Consulting
Tally Blumberg, Open Space Institute
David Llewelyn, Glynwood Center
Leland Lerman, Fund Balance
Stephen Yip, Greenview Associates
Linda LaViolette, Empire State Development Corp.
Johanna Kolodny, Food Systems Consultant
Philip Teverow, Solid Brands
Michael Hurwitz, GrowNYC
David Haight, American Farmland Trust
Todd Erling, Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corp
Sarah Brannen, Local Economies Project
Holley Atkinson, Slow Food NYC
Rebecca Morgan, CADE Farms
Peter Strugatz, Strugatz Ventures
Jim Oldham, Equity Trust
Steve Godeke, Godeke Consulting