Garden Shed


Mandela Partners' tools and resources help guide practitioners--both locally and across the country--in planning and developing effective strategies for strengthening community economies and building equitable neighborhoods centered around local food. 

Mandela Partners invites the use of our tools by individuals and organizations at no cost to users. Our skilled team is also available to provide additional support through one-on-one consulting and technical assistance. 


NEW! Re-Generate Opportunity Program Guide

This resource was developed Mandela Partners in collaboration with several leading national practitioners to provide an asset-based approach for working with individuals impacted by the carceral system in the food sector, and highlights best practices for creating a kitchen and culinary training program that is adapted to the needs of reentry individuals to support long-term employment.

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4 Phases: Developing a Community Food Hall

4 Phases highlights the concept behind creating and launching a community food hall, Ashland Market & Cafe, through a robust community engagement process. The model demonstrates how to uplift local assets, and create tangible economic opportunities for community residents through resident-led decision making. 

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Best Practices in
Developing A Successful
Food-Based Entrepreneur Pipeline

MP developed this toolkit to provide a framework for practitioners seeking to increase income-generation opportunities for local entrepreneurs in unincorporated Alameda County, with a focus on food-based businesses.

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Equitable Food Oriented Development (EFOD)

Mandela Partners in collaboration with several leading national practitioners, developed EFOD --a development strategy that uses food and agriculture to create economic opportunities, healthy neighborhoods, and explicitly seeks to build community assets, pride, and power by and with historically marginalized communities.