BUSINESS

INCUBATOR

an environment that offers fledgling young businesses or startups a warm, safe place to grow and prosper, including a range of essential resources and skills development programs

FAIR BUSINESS PRACTICES

a way of conducting business fairly and sincerely, adhering to ethical principles and refraining from unfair trade practices and any form of bribery or corruption

FOOD DESERT

an area or community, especially one with low-income residents, that has limited access to local, affordable, and nutritious food; a system that lacks sufficient local food production or infrastructure

HYDROPONICS

a method of growing plants in a water-based, nutrient-rich solution. Hydroponics does not use soil. Instead, the root system is supported using an inert medium, such as gravel.

SUSTAINABILITY

avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance; when foraging always leave something behind for whoever comes next. In this way you're sure to find something when you get back.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

the process of designing, launching, and running a new business, which is often initially a small one

FARM TO FORK

a phrase used to refer to fresh, locally sourced food sold to local consumers or restaurants

FOOD HUB

a business that actively manages the aggregation and distribution of source-identified food products. It is an essential component of scaling up local food systems and a flagship model of socially conscious business.

NETWORKING

a process that fosters the exchange of information and ideas among individuals or groups that share a common interest, leading to newly formed relationships and opportunities