Goals and Objectives
Renewing the Countryside’s initial fund raising goal is to
Renewing the Countryside is an organization focused
raise 15,000 dollars within each of the Twin Cities eight
on fostering sustainable, diverse, healthy and prosperous
Co-ops. MCAD’s Green Consultants will provide RTC
rural communities; since 1998 RTC has been building up
with a document that outlines the best practices to
and showcasing the stories of communities and individu-
execute RTC’s objectives in the To Grow a Young Farmer
als who have been living the rural and sustainable lifestyle
Fellowship program. The information provided in this
with purpose. RTC has approached MCAD for a consul-
document will be based on quantitative field research
tation on furthering the promotion and funding of their
conducted by the MCAD Green Consultants team. The
To Grow a Young Farmer Fellowship program.
document will also include an outline of future steps to
implement their fund raising campaign.
Business Justification (Methodology)
The MCAD Green Consultants will provide Renewing
the Countryside with an outline of strategic fund rais-
ing and design recommendations that will increase the
Our solution meets the needs of the client as defined by
growth and success of the To Grow a Young Farmer Fel-
the client, which is to provide Renewing the Country-
side with the materials necessary to further execute a
promotional fund raising campaign. The client asked for
Opportunity Statement printed material, which is the format in which we will
The Farmer Fellowship program, through RTC, is in need provide our recommendations. Renewing the Country-
of funding and promotional materials in order to make side has agreed that our solution is appropriate. Through
it an overall success.Young and aspiring individuals will client communication, we have agreed that the original
need to be trained and outfitted in an area where they project plan, which was to provide RTC with a co-op
can learn their trade and grow as farmers. The student stakeholder promotional presentation, is unnecessary
team, MCAD Green Consultants, will provide RTC with because the goal of Co-op stakeholder support is a goal
an outline of project research, knowledge, suggestions, that RTC has already accomplished.
and designs to help get the Farmer Fellowship program
released in Co-ops to ultimately gain the funding needed,
through in-store consumer donations.
Design Strategy There are several design strategies to be
Executed with this tactic:
Considerations for the project design components were
developed by carefully maintaining the current brand
- Branded T-shirts- each farmer or volunteer
aesthetic, but also developing a consistent recognizable
working for RTC will be branded with a signature
identity. Currently, RTC does not have a consistent design
strategy, so our team saw the importance of developing
- In-store signage- The participating co-op will be
a cohesive design and style guide to be used in all future
outfitted with signage to create awareness among
marketing and branding materials.
shoppers and explain the purpose of the organiza
tion and the farmer’s participation
Renewing the Countryside understands that they need
- Donation box- branded with the RTC logo and
to develop a new logo identity. Because of our time
limits, we are not responsible for creating and developing
- Seed packets- as a take-away to give to people
the logo itself. It is our responsibility to give design, style,
who donate to the farmers, the seed packets will
color, and aesthetic advice based on our research and the
be customized with the RTC logo and web site.
consumers’ response to our marketing tactic.
One marketing tactic we are suggesting to RTC involves
Colors and Design
having a local farmer be positioned at a local co-op
where he/she will give samples of their own locally The color palate we have chosen consists of neutral and
grown produce. Once a month, a new farmer will circu- organic colors. These are the colors that will appear on
late through the co-ops spreading local buzz about what all marketing and branding materials. Through research
they do. Consumers will be engaged by the personal and investigation, bright and obnoxious colors tend to
interaction with a local farmer and feel more inclined to turn potential donators off. Our target customer re-
donate to RTC to support such local farmers. sponds best to earthy and organic design, with modest
text, and emotional imagery. This can include warm and
friendly photography with hints of subtle floral or earthy
graphics. Elements to avoid in our design strategy would
be harsh, overpowering, bold text, bright reds or yellows,
and photography without an immediate emotional at-
tachment to agriculture and the like.
Analysis Activities and Results
Online is the place for people to get the larger amounts
In order to grasp the current state of in-store
of information they need in order to feel educated about
marketing and fund raising tactics we, as a group, have
a program or charity organization before donating. By
gone to multiple Co-ops and Whole Foods location in
directing people to a web site via prints on the back of
order to observe and assess methods and strategies
recipes, take-away cards, or just making the web site
already in place.
known on in-store marketing placements, concerned
consumers can get the information they need in order
We concluded that although donation boxes are widely
to better decide how, when and where to potentially
used, they are not the most effective strategy to collect
donate. If people receive too much visual information
large cash donations. Instead, having the cashier ask if the
in-store or on display it is often over looked because it is
remaining change on the final ring up would like to be
simply too wordy to be looked at in depth when people
donated towards the charity of choice is much more
are on the move. It is an ineffective space consuming way
compelling to customers, since small change seems min-
to inform potential donors.
iscule and verbal questions trigger a more thoughtful
Through talking with frequent Co-op customers, cashiers,
and people in related non-profit organization fund rais-
Marketing tactics in stores seem to be lacking, but could
ers, we’ve made some research conclusions as to how
potentially present a creative canvas to intrigue and in-
we plan to approach marketing and donation drive. Keep-
volve Co-op shoppers.
ing it simple, reinforcing importance and personal rel-
evance, introducing farmers to create a local connection
Taking into consideration marketing strategies in place
keeps the program fresh and productive. We hope to
elsewhere such as freezer clings, hanging signs and small
present a well rounded campaign to help a worthy cause.
posters and placing floor stickers attracts customers
eyes from every angle and gives them a repetitive feed
of information that leads to an involuntary curiosity that
can be reinforced upon check-out by the cashier.
Create a basic presentation that will be presented to the
In order for client to be met, we need to create an un-
Co-ops to implement involvement in the Farmer Fellow-
derstanding and elicit support with the group of Co-ops
ship program. This presentation will include the informa-
in the Twin-cities are.
tion listed above, as well a campaign overview.
1)Complete instruction manual/guide to execute the cre-
We intend to present a folder of research to support the
ative aspect of the marketing campaign and RTC informa-
presentation that also instructs how to implement the
tive. This manual will include
in-store set up. Research may or may not include: budget-
A. Research Findings
ing estimates, logo suggestions, design and printing costs,
B. Style Guide
brochure content and design, in order to reach potential
donors, a solid communication and set up is required
with the co-ops: we want to make a project navigation
system that will provide our client with valuable informa-
tion to help their goals become a reality.
vi. Die Lines
viii. Included RTC educational information
ii. Donation Box
D. Campaign time line
E. Proceed Reference and Tracking Guide
F. How to track the success of the campaign
-Demographics: 25+, mixed gender Create a basic presentation that will be presented to the
-Psychographics: Decision maker (health conscious par Co-ops to implement involvement in the Farmer Fellow-
ents, green supporters, etc) who are organically con- ship program. This presentation will include the informa-
scious and are supportive of farms and the economy. tion listed above, as well a campaign overview.
Co-op Managers: We intend to present a folder of research to support the
-Demographics: 45+, mixed gender presentation that also instructs how to implement the
-Psychographics: Decision maker (business profession- in-store set up. Research may or may not include: budget-
als) concerned primarily with business and organization ing estimates, logo suggestions, design and printing costs,
but is still conscious of local economy and wants to be brochure content and design, in order to reach potential
involved and supportive donors, a solid communication and set up is required
with the co-ops: we want to make a project navigation
Co-op Shoppers: system that will provide our client with valuable informa-
-Demographics: 20-55, mixed gender tion to help their goals become a reality.
-Psychographics: Decision influence (local shoppers,
working class) looking for guidance and advice when
making co-op purchases.
587321 County Rd.
Chippewa Falls, WI
Completed high school and graduated from college with Grew up living on family owned farm, then decided to
a degree in agriculture go to school to get an education dealing with farming
and have the knowledge to kept family farm running and
growing. Took over the farm five years ago and still works
Occupation with his father on harvesting and planting the fields.
Family owed and operated farm
The term farmer usually applies to a person who grows Working 365 days a year to keep farm up to standards
field crops, and/or manages orchards or vineyards, or and keep the money and produce coming in. Has a wife
raises livestock or poultry. Their products are usually and four kids, how he hopes to someday take over the
sold in a market or, in a subsistence economy, consumed family farm and keep it running.
by the family or pooled by the community.
Personal Goals Take farm from old traditional style to a new trend of or-
Sustainable family farm that will stay family owned for the ganic farming and stainability. He wants to educate other
next 100 years. Change over to all organic grown in the
farmers about this new style of growing plants, to better
next two years. off the environment.
Glen Ridge, New Jersey
Associates degree in Journalism Grew up on the east coast and attended high school and
college there. Moved to the midwest in 1995 for a teach-
Occupation ing position. Moved into the city and started his family.
Professor at st., Thomas college in the english depart- He loves to cook his own food and reading books. He
ment. Also writes a column for the onion. has a ten year plan to retire and move out of the city and
start his own small farm.
Enjoys spending time with his family which consists of his Now
wife, and two kids. Ones in second grade and the other a Working full time at the college. In his free time he read
freshman in high school. He also commutes to work on and writes short stories. He like spending the weekends
his bike and shops at the local co-op. biking around the lakes on the greenway.
Personal Goals Next Steps
Retire and live on a old farm house in the country where Chris will be retiring soon and pursuing his dream of liv-
he will write a short novel about his experiences growing ing on a small farm in the country. He will for now be an
up on the east cost. active community member by attending town hall meet-
ings and shopping locally.
CAFF: Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Program: Community Food Systems / Economic Options
for Family Farmers
Link: All information was found within the Community
Alliance with Family Farmers web site www.caff.org.
Founded in 1978 in Yolo County, California
They are also implementing a campaign entitled “Buy
Demographic: Fresh, Buy Local,” which is dedicated to media public-
CAFF serves Independent farms and consumers within ity and public education techniques to distinguish local
the state of California, it’s visitors, and surrounding areas. food from non-local food. This program considers issues
within the communities food system and supports out-
Background: reach efforts in food safety and variety through “’point of
According to their web site, CAFF’s Community Food purchase’ information and advertising, community-wide
Systems program exists to “expand market options for publicity efforts, educational campaigns helping people
family farmers, educate communities about the power understand the limitations of a corporate controlled
they have to make food choices that support local farm- consolidated food system and opportunities to support
ers, develop viable alternative opportunities to support change,” and an online local food guide. CAFF has also
a just and sustainable food and farming system, improve begun the “California Growers Collaborative” which sells
access to locally produced food or under served com- family, farm-raised fruits and veggies to school, hospital,
munities.” This program is implemented in a variety of and corporate cafeterias, which opens up distribution
ways, including “direct market development,” which di- opportunities that are often unavailable to independent
rects farmer interaction through farm tours for children, farms.
farmer visits to schools, grower networks, educational
programs for adults including hands-on learning, and dis-
Font: Gill Sans
Renewing the Countryside’s
Headline: Variating between bold and regular Gill Sans font.
Tagline: Regular Gill Sans.
P RO G R A M
Body Copy: Always cream color with dark green box behind
with a .07 pixel gaussian blur effect.
Color Pallate: Always stay within range of these colors, with
most materials predominately green with the provided
texture. Use a thin dark brown line to outline photos, and
avoid using yellows more than necessary to avoid looking too
Planting the seeds of tomorrow today.
Get involved today!
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Illustrative Style: When enhancing materials
with illustrations, use soft and simple illustrations
to avoid taking away from any photographs. You
Young, happy, green plants, people having fun. Outline all do not want these to be the main focus- only
photographs with a 1. pixel black border. sublte enhancements.
Nick Dahl, Creative Developer
MCAD Green Consultants focus on meeting at least
twice a week as a team, which has proven extremely suc-
Layout, Printing, Documentation
cessful in keeping us on goal with our time line and mile-
stones. Aside from this, we have set up a blog for updates,
Valerie Carpender, Designer
statuses, research and other project information.
Style Guide, Documenation Aesthetics
Mondays at 2:00pm in the Student Center &
Tuesdays from 4:00 until 6:00pm in the Library Confer-
Benjamin Kjos, Content Manager & Copyeditor
Problems that arise will be first dealt with through e-mail
Team Writing, Proofing, Research
amongst team members to decide the best course of
action. If it is not an easy situation to fix via e-mail, they
Lottie Anderson, Lead Researcher and Strategist
will be taken care of during team meetings. Any problems
that are not directly project related (i.e. team member
disputes) will try to be resolved on a group level before
seeking the assistance of the instructor.
Krista Schatz, Alum Coach
Insight, Suggestion, Feedback & Guidance
Paige Guggemos, Project Manager
Brett Olson & Jan Joannides, Renewing the
phone : 612.205.7843
Meeting Management, Client Contact,
Provide any necessary feedback, expectations, and mis-
sion of the organization