Facilitated Strategy Session

Help Canticle Farm face their biggest challenges with a facilitated strategy session that gets the right people together to brainstorm and map out the path forward.
Canticle Farm
Allegany, NY, USA
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Canticle Farm
Allegany, NY, USA


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Posted August 24th

Facilitated Strategy Session

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What We Need
  • Expert third party advice on process or managerial changes, geographic or programmatic expansion, potential pivots, or general strategic planning
  • Facilitation of an intensive, one-day strategic planning session with staff and/or Board
  • Note: If necessary, a follow-up strategic planning session may be scheduled
Additional Details

We are looking to solidify our infrastructure, grow our endowment, and create programming and training opportunities to promote the mission. All of this needs to happen with a decrease in farm production with our limited staff. We are also in the process of looking for the next President of the Organization, and will want to make sure that who we hire aligns with where we are going.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have the previous strategic plan, workshop notes, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have an excited group of board members and staff, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $4,465 , allowing us to feed more families over the summer as well as developing more supportive programming to benefit them as well.

We are at the point where we need to pivot from the continuous expansion of our farm for vegetable production to balance and refocus on other portions of our mission in a very short time frame. We are celebrating 20 years this year and need some guidance on how to shift our focus to have more programming to support the mission.

Project Plan

Prep: Distribution of Prep Materials
  • Organization provides relevant background materials to make initial meeting more productive
Milestone 1: Background Call
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager in charge of the session engage in a 30-minute phone call
  • Goals of the call include answering any preliminary questions the Professional may have and agreeing upon the goals and structure of the Facilitated Planning Session
  • Professional sends any additional due diligence questions ahead of Facilitated Planning Session(s)
  • Professional distributes an outline or itinerary ahead of Facilitated Planning Session(s) (as necessary)
Milestone 2: Strategic Planning Session
  • Attendees include Professional, Organization Executive(s) and/or Board Member(s) involved in decision or strategic planning
  • If necessary, a follow-up session may be scheduled to address issues that may arise and require additional due diligence
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About The Org

Canticle Farm
Our Mission

The mission of Canticle Farm, a ministry sponsored by the Franciscan Sister of Allegany (FSA), is to reverence, protect, and honor the sacredness of God's creation. Canticle Farm, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, is committed to connect all peoples, to practice Earth friendly habits and to come to a realization of a Creation centered spirituality.

What We Do

We are a community farm and all are welcome to visit our 15-acre farm. We offer our produce through CSA shares, our Farm Market, the local Farmer's Market, and donations to local organizations. All practices and operations of the farm are embodied in fulfilling the mission and providing for the food security and health of the area's families, along with educational opportunities.

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