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New England Food Summit : 2012

The University of Vermont and Food Solutions New England convened the 2nd annual gathering of delegates from the New England states to strengthen collaboration for regional food system sustainability. This action-oriented, working summit was developed to build upon ongoing efforts and to clarify regional priorities and action items that we can undertake most effectively together.

The University of Vermont and Food Solutions New England convened the 2nd annual gathering of delegates from the New England states to strengthen collaboration for regional food system sustainability. This action-oriented, working summit was developed to build upon ongoing efforts and to clarify regional priorities and action items that we can undertake most effectively together.

This summit built upon the first New England Food Summit, held March 24-25, 2011 in Portsmouth, NH. As we left Portsmouth in March 2011, we were charged with developing a bold vision for New England to build a sustainable regional food system. In concert with ongoing and emerging state food planning efforts, a series of collaborative workshops involving researchers and practitioners from across the region have responded to the charge with the New England Good Food Vision: a bold vision that calls for our region to build the capacity to produce up to 80% of clean, fair, just and accessible (good food) for all New Englanders by 2060. The vision includes a set of guiding assumptions and calculations that sketch a future in which diverse local and state food systems are supported by and in turn support a regional sustainable food system.       
                                                                                                                   

The 2012 summit focused on:

  • Providing an update on the New England Good Food Vision, including assumptions and calculations that enable New Englanders working in all sectors and states to envision a shared, regional, sustainable food system.
  • Providing briefings on statewide food system planning efforts in each of the New England states and discuss how these state-based efforts can inform and be informed by each other, and our regional vision.
  • Learning about exciting regional projects already underway and find out how we might leverage these efforts to move towards the Good Food Vision.  

The summit brought together diverse stakeholders in the regional food system to collaboratively develop regional strategies and action plans that build regional food system capacity and sustainability. Participation in this summit is by invitation only. A regional steering committee was asked to select and invite 10-12 delegates from each New England state. Invitations were extended to stakeholders from across the food system – from agriculture to food environment to nutrition and health to those focused on social justice aspects of our food system. In addition, a delegation comprised of crosscutting representatives who are working for regionally-based organizations or agencies was invited.

View the 2012 Summit booklet here.

Summit Organizers

Principal Conveners:

  • Linda Berlin, Director of the University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Joanne Burke, Clinical Assistant Professor  / Director of the UNH Dietetic Internship UNH Nutrition Sciences Program,Department of Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences
  • Tom Kelly, University of New Hampshire Sustainability Academy


Staff Support:

  • Cheryl Herrick, University of Vermont Center for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Maureen Schake, University of Vermont Continuing Education
  • Elisabeth Farrell, UNH Sustainability Academy

Summit Steering Committee

Thank you to the following steering committee members for assisting with the development of this summit: 

  • Amanda Beal, Eat Maine Foods!
  • Linda Berlin, Director, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Courtney Bourns, Senior Program Officer, Kendall Foundation
  • Katherine Brown, Executive Director, Southside Community Land Trust
  • Joanne Burke, Clinical Assistant Professor  / Director of the UNH Dietetic Internship UNH Nutrition Sciences Program, Department of Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences
  • Cris Coffin, New England Director, American Farmland Trust
  • Elisabeth Farrell, Program Coordinator, UNH Sustainability Academy
  • Ellen Kahler, Executive Director, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Tom Kelly, UNH Chief Sustainability Officer, UNH Sustainability Academy
  • Russell Libby, Director, MOFGA
  • Britt Lundgren, Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Stonyfield Farm, Inc.
  • Jiff Martin, Sustainable Food System Associate Educator, UConn Cooperative Extension
  • Margaret Sova McCabe, Professor of Law, UNH School of Law
  • Andrea Perry, Program Officer, Broad Reach Foundation
  • Matt Sayre, Senior Program Developer, University of Vermont

2012 Summit Delegates

Nicole Berube, CitySeed

Dawn Crayco, End Hunger Connecticut!

Ann Ferris, University of Connecticut Health Center

John Guszkowski, CME Associates, Inc

Jean Crum Jones, Jones Family Farms

Terry Jones, Jones Family Farms

Jiff Martin, UConn Cooperative Extension

Steven Munno, Massaro Community Farm

Martha Page, Hartford Food System, Inc.

Linda Piotrowicz, Connecticut Department of Agriculture

Steven Reviczky, Connecticut Department of Agriculture

Sofia Segura-Perez, Hispanic Health Council

Melissa Spear, Common Ground

Robin Alden, Penobscot East Resource Center

Ted Ames, Penobscot East Resource Center

Molly Anderson, College of the Atlantic

Amanda Beal, Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine

Amy Carrington, Maine Farmland Trust

Erin Cinelli, Farmers' Gate Market

Leah Cook, Crown O' Maine Organic Cooperative

Monique Coombs, Lobsters on the Fly

Tory Dietel Hopps, Dietel Partners

Lisa Fernandes, Eat Local Foods Coalition of Maine

Barbara Ginley, Maine Migrant Health Program

John Jemison, University of Maine

Mark Lapping, University of Southern Maine

Russell Libby, Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association

Erin McGuire, Office of Congresswoman Pingree

Ken Morse, Maine Farm to School Network

Andrea Perry, Broad Reach Fund

Ned Porter, Wholesome Wave

Tanya Swain, Western Mountains Alliance

Amy Winston, Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Courtney Bourns, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

Kari Bradley, Hunger Mountain Co-op

Annie Cheatham, New England Farmers Union

Cris Coffin, American Farmland Trust

Kelly Coleman, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture

Brian Donahue, Brandeis University

Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

Christa Drew, Massachusetts Food Policy Alliance

Emily French, Massachusetts Farm to School Project

Ryan Harb, UMass Amherst Dining Services

Jennifer Hashley, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Melissa Hoffer, Conservation Law Foundation

Christine James, The John Merck Fund

Betsy Johnson, Massachusetts Food Policy Alliance

Andrew Kendall, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

Brad Mitchell, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation

Bonita Oehlke, MA Department of Agricultural Resources

Curtis Ogden, Interaction Institute for Social Change

Brittany Peats, Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger

Dan Pullman, Spence Foundation

Kathy Ruhf, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

Karen Spiller, Boston Collaborative for Food & Fitness

Sam Stegeman, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture

Lisa Troy, Tufts University

Rich Pirog, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

Celina Adams, NH Charitable Foundation

Frances Belcher, Center for Rural Partnerships

Rebecca Brown, Ammonoosuc Conservation

Joanne Burke, University of New Hampshire

Helen Costello, New Hampshire Food Bank

Dorn Cox, GreenStart/Tuckaway farm

Elisabeth Farrell, UNH Sustainability Academy

Regina Flynn, NH DHHS Division of Public Health

Tom Kelly, UNH Sustainability Academy

Ken La Valley, UNH Cooperative Extension

Britt Lundgren, Stonyfield Farms

Margaret McCabe, UNH School of Law

Roger Noonan, Middle Branch Farm

Margaret Sova McCabe, UNH School of Law

Elaine VanDyke

Christine Walker, Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission

Christopher Way, NH Department of Resources and Economic Development

Kate Clancy, Senior Fellow MISA, Visiting Scholar Johns Hopkins

Katherine Brown, Southside Community Land Trust

Sheila Brush, Grow Smart Rhode Island

Rupert Friday, RI Land Trust Council

Greg Gerritt, RI Compost Initiative

Gemma Gorham, RI Food Policy Council

Julius Kolawole, African Alliance of RI

Elizabeth Lynn, van Beuren Charitable Foundation

Kenneth Payne, RI Agricultural Partnership

Nicole Poepping, Department of Environmental Management

Leo Pollock, Southside Community Land Trust

Peter Allison, Farm to Institution New England

Jill Arace, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts

Cynthia Belliveau, University of Vermont

Linda Berlin, UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture

John Bramley, University of Vermont

Megan Camp, Shelburne Farms

Erica Campbell, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Harry Chen, State of Vermont Department of Health

Vernon Grubinger, University of Vermont

Ellen Kahler, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Beth Kennett, Liberty Hill Farm

Travis Marcotte, Intervale Center

Alyssa Nathanson, Health Care Without Harm

Chuck Ross, VT Agency of Agriculture

Matt Sayre, The University of Vermont

Ryan Torres, The Vermont Community Foundation

Abbey Willard, VT Agency of Agriculture

Enid Wonnacott, NOFA-VT