Kitchen Table Advisors pursues two strategies toward affecting regional change: we provide direct business advising services to sustainable farmers and ranchers; and we partner with allies to build a regional ecosystem within which farms can thrive.
Business Advising Program: KTA provides sustainable farmers and ranchers with bilingual, in-depth, personalized support that includes one-to-one business advising, connections to resources, and alumni support. We provide each of our clients with three years of in-depth, one-on-one business advising, coaching, tools, and technical assistance, so that they have ample time and support to learn new skills, implement new systems, and access the resources they need to achieve long-term viability.
They learn about business planning, budgeting, and how to build financial management systems to track cash flows. They learn to analyze their business’ profitability and make financial projections based on real data to improve their fiscal management, grow their businesses, and achieve their economic, environmental stewardship, and social impact goals. KTA introduces our sustainable farmers and ranchers to new sales markets, enabling clients to gain new customers, sell more products, and increase their incomes. KTA also teaches clients about using credit to grow their businesses, and introduces them to appropriate financing partners. Our Advisors guide, support, and advocate for them through the financing process from preparation and application through loan repayment. KTA also connects, guides, and advocates for clients to pursue long-term lease and land-ownership opportunities, and can help them access land opportunities through partner organizations. Long-term land security is critical to economic viability for farms and ranches; ensuring this security for our clients will keep more acreage under long-term sustainable, holistic management.
After three years of intensive advising, farms graduate to KTA’s alumni support program, where they continue to benefit from biannual check-ins with their Advisor, and can receive targeted support toward specific business goals, such as land ownership. Each year KTA on-boards a new cohort of 5-15 advisees into the core Business Advising program, and each cohort transitions into the alumni program after three years of core advising.
Regional Ecosystem Building: Our Regional Ecosystem Building program focuses on systems change and collaborative projects with our partners that will shape and influence the regional food system to be friendlier and more equitable to sustainable small farms and ranches. Our emergent work in this arena is particularly focused around improving access to land, sales markets, and financing for small scale, organic and sustainable farmers and ranchers, especially for farmers of color, immigrants, and women who are under-represented and historically disadvantaged in the profession.
Some of the Regional Ecosystem Building projects we are currently working on include:
Assisting food hubs to transition to farmer ownership.
Supporting community members and local land trusts in making appropriate and affordable farmland available to small-scale, sustainable farmers.
Directing emergency relief capital to farmers during the coronavirus pandemic; focusing on both their market adaptation needs and on farmers of color who have been disproportionately impacted.