Resources & Publications

Project Publications and Resources

A Contemporary Concept of the Value(s)-Added Food and Agriculture Sector and Rural Development (2020), journal article by Jill Clark, Becca B.R Jablonski, Shoshanah Inwood, Aiden Irish, and Julia Freedgood. In this article, published in Community Development, the authors review prior concepts related to value-added agriculture and outline a definition for the value(s)-added food and agriculture sector, which incorporates three features: (1) Consumers make purchases that simultaneously provide utility and enable a price premium; (2) the shared principles among firms and their relational arrangement support the distribution of the value, and thus the premium, across the chain and between owners and employees (the use of “principles” or “values” prompts the “(s)” in the definition); and (3) supply chain actors have a demonstrated commitment to the community. They conclude with a discussion of the implications of this definition for community economic development policy.

The Valley Roots Food Hub and Value(s)-Added Agriculture Video. This short video introduces the Valley Roots Food Hub, operated by the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (the Pathways Project local partner in the San Luis Valley of Colorado) and outlines how Valley Root’s development and operation reflect the characteristics of a value(s)-added agriculture operation, outlined in a journal article in Community Development.

Planning for Agricultureby American Farmland Trust (AFT).
An introduction to AFT’s leadership on planning for agriculture, as well as resources for, and examples on how to support public policies to promote resilient food and farming systems.

Pathways Essential Reading List

NADO. (2016). Measuring Rural Wealth Creation: A Guide for Regional Development Organizations. Retrieved from Washington, D.C.:

Pender, J. L., Marré, A., & Reeder, R. (2012). Rural wealth creation: Concepts, strategies, and measures (ERR-131). Retrieved from Washington, DC:

NADO (2019). WealthWorks Evaluation Framework. Retrieved from Washington, DC:

RUPRI. (N.D.). The Comprehensive Rural Wealth Framework. Retrieved from Washington, DC:

Beaulieu, L. J., Kumar, I., Zhalnin, A. V., & Kim, Y. J. (N.D. ). Dimensions of Poverty: The North Central Region of the U.S. Retrieved from West Lafayette, IN:

Cromartie, J. (2017). Rural America at a glance. Retrieved from Washington, D.C.:

Emery, M., & Flora, C. (2006). Spiraling-Up: Mapping Community Transformation with Community Capitals Framework. Community Development, 37(1), 19-35. doi:10.1080/15575330609490152

Freedgood, J., & Fydenkevez, J. (2017). Growing Local: A Community Guide to Planning for Agriculture and Food Systems. Retrieved from Northampton, MA:

Goldschmidt, W. (1946). Small Business and the Community: A Study in the Central Valley of California on the Effects of Scale of Farm Operations. Retrieved from Washington, D.C.:

Ipsen, A. (2019). Addressing Issues of Power in Community Development. Retrieved from East Lansing, MI:

Lu, R., & Dudensing, R. (2015). What Do We Mean by Value-added Agriculture? Choices, 30(4), 1-8.

Schmit, T. M., Jablonski, B. B., Minner, J., Kay, D., & Christensen, L. (2017). Rural wealth creation of intellectual capital from urban local food system initiatives: Developing indicators to assess change. Community Development, 48(5), 639-656. doi:

Emerson, K., Nabatchi, T., & Balogh, S. (2012). An integrative framework for collaborative governance. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 22(1), 1-29. doi:

Stoker, G. (1996). Governance as theory: Five propositions. International social science journal, 50(155), 17-28. doi:

Clark, J. K., Sharp, J. S., & Dugan, K. L. (2015). The agrifood system policy agenda and research domain. Journal of Rural Studies, 42, 112-122. doi:

Low, S. A., Adalja, A., Beaulieu, E., Key, N., Martinez, S., Melton, A., . . . Suttles, S. (2015). Trends in US local and regional food systems: A report to Congress (Report 068). Retrieved from Washington D.C.:

Martinez, S., Hand, M., Da Pra, M., Pollack, S., Ralston, K., Smith, T., . . . Newman, C. (2010). Local food systems; concepts, impacts, and issues (ERR 97). Retrieved from Washington D.C.:

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This work is supported by Innovation for Rural Entrepreneurs and Communities Program (grant no. 2019-68006-29681) from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
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