Creating Social Value

Rachel Greenberger

Farmer Social Media Movement: #FarmVoices for Earth Day 2014

The popularity of the felfie – a selfie taken on a farm has been growing on Twitter and beyond.  The Guardian featured a great story on it back in January. Perhaps the connections and influence of the U.K. felfie were what inspired Canadian-based Farm On to launch #FarmVoices, a social media movement recently joined by…

Creating Social Value

Rachel Greenberger

Quick Bites Food Education

The world of foodertainment is heating up. Below are four channels, two for this weekend, two beyond, for “quick bite” learning about the food industry and the food system surrounding it: This Saturday, TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat hosts its fourth annual summit, with food-system pioneers and problem-solvers from across the country speaking…

Creating Social Value

Rachel Greenberger

(Sea)food Entrepreneur Wanted to Come to Babson – Now He Will

When I sat down for an interview with Boston (sea)food entrepreneur Jared Auerbach of Red’s Best and reminded him that Food Sol is part of Babson, he said: “I love Babson!”  Jared exclaimed. “I sat in on a class, I almost applied. Then I got busy with this thing.” To-the-bones an entrepreneur, Jared’s first business…

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Rachel Greenberger

Historic Day for Boston Local Food and Farm Business

This morning at Boston City Hall, by a unanimous vote, the Zoning Commission passed Article 89, which will to pave the way for more commercial farms and innovative food ventures in Boston. Edith Murnane of the Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives and Tad Reed and Marie Mercurio of Boston Redevelopment Authority led the presentation and…

Creating Social Value

Rachel Greenberger

A Place at the Table at Babson Food Days

Tomorrow night, as part of Babson Food Days, we will screen the new documentary A Place at the Table. When Babson Entrepreneur in Residence Gail Simmons suggested that we include A Place at the Table in our Food Days program, I wanted to see it right away.  The film had crossed my radar at this…

Creating Social Value

Rachel Greenberger

You Can’t Eat Online

I’m asked a lot:  “When are you going to take what you do online?” At Food Sol, everything we do is through relationships. We believe that creating inside of a community is more resource-efficient than flying solo, and that the most effective communities share a common spirit and desire to gather face-to-face. That said, the…

Creating Social Value

Rachel Greenberger

Focused Food Entrepreneur: Raphael Leonard and Wholesome Wave

When Raphael Leonard (B’13) walked into my office in late April, he hadn’t broken his leg yet.  Food Sol was fresh on his radar screen.  He’d just learned of us from Lewis Institute ugrad scholar Lindsey Tarr. “I’m passionate about innovations in food production and delivery systems,” he told me. Graduation was just a few…

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Rachel Greenberger

A Living Case on FoodEx

Two of the most interesting people I know were in a room together this summer – and they let me sit in. Marty Anderson is a Senior Lecturer in Management at Babson, holds the Lewis Family Chair in Social Innovation, and teaches an MBA favorite: Extended Enterprise Management.  To call him a “systems thinker” is…

Creating Social Value

Rachel Greenberger

Transcontinental Babson Food Constellation

“What you put in your body is everything.”  Words that resonated from LA-based food entrepreneur Kiki Heinzer to rising Babson junior Diamond Amie over a call at Food Sol HQ last week. The call followed a transcontinental Babson food constellation coming clearly into focus: Diamond has been working with Food Sol this summer as she…

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Rachel Greenberger

Moveable Table: Food Sol’s Community Table Hits the Road

We have some really exciting news to share:  last week, Food Sol secured a challenge grant from the Blackstone Ranch Institute to bring our Community Table design to four partner colleges and universities who have been asking for it. As you regulars know well, Food Sol’s Community Table is a 90-minute weekly gathering available to…