CitySeed
817 Grand Ave Ste 101
New Haven CT 06511
Contact Information
Address 817 Grand Ave Ste 101
New Haven, CT 06511-
Telephone (203) 773-3736 x
Fax 203-772-2749
E-mail info@cityseed.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
To engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture. 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2004
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Nicole Berube
Board Chair Lisa Holmes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $385,000.00
Projected Expenses $378,000.00
Statements
Mission To engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture. 
Background What began in 2004 with four neighbors in search of a fresh, local tomato, has grown into a statewide effort to get more local food to more people, promoting community development and sustainable agriculture in Connecticut.

Our programs increase access to local, healthy food; promote farm viability; engage the community through outreach and education; and advocate for policy change. 
Impact We started our first farmers' market in 2004 and expanded to include three additional farmers' markets the following year.  In 2005, City Farmers' Market Wooster Square became the first farmers' market in Connecticut to accept Food Stamps.  That same year, CitySeed helped form the New Haven Food Policy Council to advocate for better food for a better city.  Our programming has expanded throughout the years but is focused on increasing urban residents' access to fresh, healthy food while supporting the viability of farming in CT. 

In 2007, CitySeed was key in securing a significant increase in state funding so all of Connecticut's 54,000 eligible seniors could participate in the Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.  Also in 2007, CitySeed started a Community Supported Market to ensure the viability of a farmers' market in a low-income neighborhood.  In 2008, in order to help thousands of consumers connect with locally grown food and farm products, we launched www.buyCTgrown.com.

In 2010, we expanded our network of farmers' markets to include a fifth market operated in collaboration with the Connecticut Mental Health Center.  This new market is nestled between CMHC, Yale-New Haven Hospital, and the Hill neighborhood.  We also published New Haven Cooks | Cocina New Haven, a bilingual community cookbook that celebrates the cultural richness of New Haven through food.  We also increased our technical assistance to our farmers' market colleagues around Connecticut with an online Farmers' Market Resource Center at www.buyCTgrown.com/marketmanagers. 
Needs Our organization's top need is to secure funding for staff during the off-season when planning for our market season activities and to secure funding for community projects and outreach that are neighborhood specific to New Haven.
CEO Statement Our organization's uniqueness is that we are collaborative in nature and able to work with a diversity of partners to increase local food access. We are a clear example of how a small New Haven based non-profit can have a positive impact on the entire state. In our case, that translates to more fresh food on the plates of New Haveners and more farm viability throughout Connecticut.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Food Programs
Areas Served
New Haven
State wide
The health of urban residents and their ability to access local, healthy, fresh food is dependent on a healthy farm economy.  While many of our programs occur in the Greater New Haven area, we do work state wide to improve the viability of farming in the state of Connecticut.
Programs
Description
Nationally recognized by both USA Today and USDA for bringing local food to those who need it most, this network of five neighborhood farmers' markets in New Haven supports farmers who sell what they grow. In 2012, CitySeed Farmers' Markets redeemed over $80,000 worth of federal food benefits from low-income individuals. That translates to over $80,000 worth of fresh, local produce on the plates of our fellow community members! Many of our other programs have been built off of our farmers' market platform and we anticipate creating more innovative and far-reaching programs based on our markets' success.
Population Served Adults / Families / K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Attendance, market sales, redemption of food assistance benefits
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
In 2005, Farmers' Market-Wooster Square became the first farmers' market in Connecticut to accept Food Stamps through Electronic Benefit Transfers (EBT). In 2007, we gained recognition by the USDA as a Golden Grocer for our work in providing Food Stamp access at our markets and guiding other markets in doing the same.
Description
The CSM delivers fresh produce from the farms at CitySeed's Thursday and Friday markets directly to community members, while supporting the viability of farmers' markets in low-income neighborhoods.  In 2012, it delivered to over 100 individual households, including subsidized shares of produce to Food Stamp and WIC recipients in New Haven. 
Population Served Families / Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens / At-Risk Populations
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Increase viability of low-income farmers' markets and improve health of New Haven citizens.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Number of shares delivered each week and number of subsidized shares of produce delivered.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Individuals who participate at the Connecticut Mental Health Center cite that the food they receive makes a positive difference in their health and well being.
Description
This "buy local" campaign helps connect thousands of consumers with locally grown food and other farm products on www.buyctgrown.com
Population Served Adults / General/Unspecified / Families
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
Increase in local food consumption for CT citizens and an increase in farm viability for CT farmers.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Site usage will indicate consumer engagement in various components currently under construction.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Program success is ultimately dependent on components under construction and will be shared here soon.
Description
In collaboration with the Connecticut Children's Museum this bilingual preschool curriculum encourages healthy eating and has engaged over 2,000 New Haven and their families through hands-on literacy-based activities and farmers' market field trips. In 2011, this program entered into a new phase with the addition of farm visits, local food deliveries to classrooms as well as a family tasting/cooking event for each preschool site!
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / Families / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
We will record the number of coupons redeemed by children and families.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
40% or more of children and families participating in the program will redeem their coupons for local produce.
Description This market on wheels is a partnership between CitySeed and Common Ground High School which grows much of the food and provides student help in selling the produce. The Mobile Market concentrates on visiting food insecure neighborhoods in New Haven.
Population Served Adults / Elderly and/or Disabled / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals No
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact. Customer counts and federal benefits are all counted for each Mobile Market day of operation.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. We know this program is doing well when we see federal benefits being redeemed at the Mobile Market. We finished our pilot season of the Mobile Market and are planning our new market season and expectations with the community right now.
CEO/Executive Director
Nicole Berube
Term Start Dec 2010
Email nicole@cityseed.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 20
Staff Retention Rate 40%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
Erin Wirpsa Eisenberg -
Jennifer McTiernan H. June 2004 - July 2009
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Comments
CEO Comments In 2012 we finalized our approach to operational procedures, such as financial and personnel policies, in order to be better equipped to make strategic decisions for the organization. We also created Financial,  Development, and Executive Review Committees within in the Board of Directors, establishing standing and ad hoc committees to deal with pertinent issues of the organization's management and fiscal present and future. We are finalizing our Executive Review standards as well as our personnel policies in early 2013.
Board Chair
Lisa Holmes
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Feb 2014 to Feb 2017
Email lisa@cityseed.org
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Sue Anderbois State of Rhode Island
Megan Barnett Yale University
Chris Heitmann Westville Village Renaissance Alliance
Christine Kim Community Volunteer
Carlie McDermott Community Volunteer
Elisabeth Moore Connecticut Farmland Trust
Kim Schulam Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments
While our Board of Directors represents a community of customers and users of some of our services, we are currently focusing board member recruitment in neighborhoods with low-access to fresh produce - in particular Newhallville and the Hill neighborhoods.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Feb 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Jan 31 2016
Projected Revenue $385,000.00
Projected Expenses $378,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
Form 9902008
Form 9902007
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Letter of Determination
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$228,242$222,889$168,113
Government Contributions$82,308$61,617$1,255
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$82,308$61,617$1,255
Individual Contributions------
------
$119,427$224,990$206,847
Investment Income, Net of Losses--$46$49
Membership Dues------
Special Events$17,382$6,705$9,187
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$363,881$410,319$290,086
Administration Expense$63,740$66,227$63,104
Fundraising Expense$9,696$11,485$9,354
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.061.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%84%80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%4%5%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$246,375$200,866$119,790
Current Assets$245,246$199,429$117,833
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$102,562$67,095$14,235
Total Net Assets$143,813$133,771$119,790
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountLawson Valentine Foundation $125,000 --Lawson Valentine Foundation $25,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $82,154 --The Carolyn Foundation $20,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- --The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $15,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.392.978.28
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

 

Address 817 Grand Ave Ste 101
New Haven, CT 06511
Primary Phone 203 773-3736
Contact Email info@cityseed.org
CEO/Executive Director Nicole Berube
Board Chair Lisa Holmes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer

 

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