Anthony Flaccavento

Founder, SCALE

Abingdon, VA

Act Local First, Co-Create Policy, Regenerate Soil & Nature  |  Advocacy, Community Economic Development, Food and Agriculture, Hub / Aggregator, Rural Community Development

Anthony fosters bottom up community environmental and economic development as a farmer, advocate, consultant, and author.

Anthony is an organic farmer and has been working on community environmental and economic development in central Appalachia for the past 25 years. SCALE, Inc, is a private consulting business dedicated to catalyzing and supporting ecologically healthy regional economies and food systems. SCALE works with community leaders, farmers, foundations, economic development agencies and others in Appalachia, and other communities.

SCALE — Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies — combines a new vision for economic prosperity and resilience with tested skills and strategies to help us get there. Based on over 25 years of hands-on experience in sustainable community development, SCALE focuses on three core elements:

  • Building diverse, resilient economies at the local and regional level, based on local assets and better meeting local needs
  • Growing local “capital” and wealth, in food and farming and other natural resource-based economic sectors, that also rebuild ecological health
  • Catalyzing networks, of entrepreneurs, farmers, consumers and advocates that accelerate and deepen healthy local economies

The central purpose of SCALE is to catalyze and accelerate economies which increase community wealth and restore or sustain the ecosystem. The services are designed for community leaders, farmers, small businesses and nonprofit practitioners who are engaged in working towards sustainable economic development initiatives.

Anthony was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for Virginia’s 9th District in 2012.


  • 24 years experience in community development, 15 years in sustainable economic development in Appalachia
  • Built a nationally recognized, entrepreneurial non-profit – Appalachian Sustainable Development – that provides a model for asset based, sustainable economic development
  • Have launched three non-profit organizations and numerous initiatives in economic development, sustainable agriculture, sustainable forest products, healthy foods for low income people, and more
  • Organized, built and helped manage farmers markets, CSAs, and other local foods systems.
  • Designed, organized and built integrated value chains in organic/sustainable foods and sustainable forest products
  • Certified organic farmer for past 15 years, raising nearly 50 types of fruits and vegetables
  • Has written and published nearly 100 articles, along with several radio commentaries and book chapters on sustainable development, organic and sustainable farming and foods, economics, ecology and related topics
  • Noted public speaker and workshop provider at conferences and seminars around the nation
  • Author of “Healthy Food Systems Value Chain Tool Kit”, a practical manual for building value chains.
  • Designed and taught undergraduate courses in rural development and sustainable economic development at Emory and Henry College and the University of Virginia, Wise