Our Purpose

RFN takes a “big picture” view, acting as a catalyst in partnering with farmers, food producers, food systems workers, and communities to enhance fantastic local initiatives, and bridge any infrastructure and education gaps on the way to systemic success.

RFN takes a “big picture” view, acting as a catalyst in partnering with farmers, food producers, food systems workers, and communities to enhance fantastic local initiatives, and bridge any infrastructure and education gaps on the way to systemic success.

Design

Achieving regeneration requires taking a higher-level view, called systems thinking. Systems thinking is a way of helping people to see the overall structures, patterns, and cycles in systems, rather than seeing only specific events or elements.1

Applying systems thinking to the food system problems that have been much publicized over the last decade and amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic reveals a novel approach to returning humans, animals, and the planet to a healthy equilibrium.

By combining the best practices of agriculture, energy, finance, technology, and transportation, RFN has designed a system of programs and projects that reintroduce resiliency to the food system of the Northeast through decentralization.

Finance

The RFN management team has more than a century of combined career expertise on blended finance, holistic economic modeling, and complex systems design and development.

Our approach is to find linchpin projects throughout the food system, work with proprietors and partners to discover the promise and the pitfalls of each initiative, and evaluate the overall fit with our overarching goals (like #30by30).

We invest all of our resources—every possible bit of help we can offer—including human, technical, and financial capital to achieve success for the local system and its participants.

Finance

The RFN management team has more than a century of combined career expertise on blended finance, holistic economic modeling, and complex systems design and development.

Our approach is to find linchpin projects throughout the food system, work with proprietors and partners to discover the promise and the pitfalls of each initiative, and evaluate the overall fit with our overarching goals (like #30by30).

We invest all of our resources—every possible bit of help we can offer—including human, technical, and financial capital to achieve success for the local system and its participants.

Develop

But RFN isn’t just an investment fund—we’re actively involved with our projects. We employ experienced project and product developers, operations, and compliance personnel to oversee and assist every development.

We’ve raised the first tranche of funding, and we’ve begun deploying funds into the initial slate of projects. Our food processing, eCommerce, and distribution companies are already formed and facilities and resources are under contract and will open as soon as final inspections and logistics allow.

Also, RFN is a founding member of the Southern Vermont Regenerative Food System Initiative (SVRFSI) with Bennington College and the Western Massachusetts Regenerative Food System Initiative (WMARFSI) with UMass Amherst. Together, we’re taking steps to build the new Northeast regional food system for our #30by30 initiative.