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NY Hall of Science
20 March 2017
The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI), located in Queens, NY, has engaged Karen Karp & Partners to identify, recruit and select a new foodservice operator for its dining operations. NYSCI is a hands-on, educational experience that fosters science-based curiosity and creativity. Founded at the 1964-65 World’s Fair, NYSCI has evolved into New York’s center...
17 February 2017
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has awarded Value Added and Regional Food System Grants to nine projects throughout the state. Rainbow Packing Inc. of Escanaba, the region’s only USDA-inspected slaughter and processing facility, was awarded $100,000, which will go towards expanding their facility to keep pace with meat processing needs in the...
17 February 2017
An exploratory interview with Shayna Cohen, Sr. Consultant at KK&P, has been integrated into the curriculum for a graduate level planning course titled “Planning Practice & History” at Cornell University. The interview and resulting paper focus on Shayna and KK&Ps work to develop a wholesale farmer’s market in New York City featuring growers from NY...
9 January 2017
Agriculture and food entrepreneurship have great potential to drive placemaking and create destinations for tourists and local residents, whether in small towns or major urban centers. By developing bespoke concepts and responsive strategies to reconnect a place to its food and agricultural economies, we help communities capitalize on the potential of their regional assets and...
9 January 2017
Increasing the use of sustainable practices and scaling production are long-range goals for regional meat networks. Livestock producers and processors encounter challenges meeting the growing demand from consumers for higher-quality meat. KK&P’s meat industry-related projects focus on leveraging existing assets and increasing opportunities for small farmers to grow into their regional demand and accomplish goals...
6 January 2017
The interconnection between Food & Health continues to be brought to the forefront of public discourse. Leaders from various fields are more motivated than ever to collaborate to strengthen the bond between good food and good health, resulting in improved health outcomes and quality of life, and meeting general consumer demands for healthier, more sustainably...
15 November 2016
Thundermist Health Center of Rhode Island challenged Karen Karp & Partners (KK&P) to develop a comprehensive strategy to transform Woonsocket’s food system. Thundermist is a progressive, federally qualified health center, with many partners in the Woonsocket community. KK&Ps project would be intended to complement the state Department of Health’s “health equity” mission: to implement place-based...
4 November 2016
In 2013, Book & Plow Farm became resident at Amherst College, providing for sales of locally-grown produce to dining services. Additionally, the farm offered a pick-your-own farm for the campus community and a variety of educational programs for both the campus and surrounding area. The farm grew rapidly, and now has over 40 acres in...
28 October 2016
Hands on Hartford, a CT-based social services non-profit, recently moved into a new building that had once housed a restaurant. As an organization focused on, among other things, hunger relief and food oriented services, they wanted to explore how to leverage the kitchen and cafe space to support their mission to “change lives and renew...
25 October 2016
SUNY Adirondack, a public college in upstate NY that serves Washington, Saratoga and Warren counties, asked KK&P to explore food and agriculture educational opportunities in a goal to expand its reach in Washington County. After interviewing area stakeholders in the fields of agriculture, food and education, KK&P suggested the development of a new Center for...
11 July 2016
I was honored to be asked to facilitate the session “Anatomy of a Deal” at the 2016 Food & Enterprise Summit. This was for a couple reasons: One, the opportunity to look underneath the hood of a model modern food business, Fleishers Craft Butchery. Another was the chance to put one of my core beliefs into...
23 May 2016
Karen Karp & Partners recently presented suggestions for Oneonta’s prospective “Food & Beverage Innovation District” along Market Street. The proposal, contracted by Otsego Now, is part of a long-discussed food-hub plan intended to boost economic development in the region. Some of the suggestions for revitalizing the area included a collaboration with SUNY Oneonta’s catering service...