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2/4/16
Beyond Eating Locally. Investing Locally. Beginning in the fall, the Pioneer Valley Grows Investment Fund (PVGrows Fund) opened its doors for community members to invest in a portfolio of local farm and food businesses and provide them with the financing and technical assistance they need to succeed. The PVGrows Fund, administered by the Franklin County Community Development Corporation (FCCDC)
2/1/16
This post was originally published on the New Hampshire Food Alliance website . The New Hampshire Food Alliance is excited to announce the The Farm, Fish, and Food Enterprise Viability Initiative . This initiative entails several areas of opportunity where the network can create conditions that will lead to more profitable and sustainable farm, fish, and food enterprises including Education, Land
1/28/16
In 2014 a pilot Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program was launched at the Capitol: three neighboring farms from Lebanon, CT -- Sweet Acre Farm , Beltane Farm , and M&K Dairy -- came together to offer shares of their produce to Legislative Office Building (LOB) employees through a CSA program. Members at the capitol purchased shares of pesticide-free fresh vegetables and flowers,
1/25/16
This post was originally published on Farm to Institution New England's blog . Case Study Series Highlights Local Seafood at Colleges, Schools & a Hospital in New England Photo: Chef Wendy and Frances Moore Lappe teaching students during a cooking class on campus. Courtesy of Colby College. At institutions throughout New England, dining staff are beginning to look to the sea as another source
1/21/16
2015 Farm to Plate Annual Report reviews progress and challenges facing Vermont’s food system from economic, social and environmental perspectives Increases in local food consumption, jobs, and overall economic activity in the farm and food sector over the past five years are highlighted in the 2015 Farm to Plate Annual Report , released January 20, 2106 by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. 2016
1/7/16
Rhode Island The Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC) staff, Communications and Outreach Director Sumana Chintapalli and Network Director Leo Pollock , present a 2015 year in review 2015 was an exciting and fulfilling year for the RIFPC. It was a year of transition: they welcomed a new staff member , a new cohort of Work Group chairs, and launched a fifth Work Group centered around health and
1/4/16
New Hampshire The NH Food Alliance reflects on the tremendous amount of progress they have experienced in the Granite State food system in 2015. Shared the Viability Initiative The NH Food Alliance launched a comprehensive initiative focused on farm, fish, and food enterprise viability (Viability Initiative) in November 2015. As the first strategic effort of the NH Food Alliance, the Viability
12/31/15
As we look towards 2016, we are sharing a 3-part series featuring updates on the food systems work going on in each of the New England states. Maine Overall, there are many great trends to report in Maine related to food, farming and fisheries in 2015! Institutional Purchasing Maine’s colleges and institutions have been focusing on food in a big way in 2015. For example, the University of Maine
12/21/15
This post was originally published by UVM Dining . Natalie Lovelace is a member of the UVM Real Food Working Group and the Calculator Intern. In mid-November, Caylin McKee, UVM Dining Sustainability Manager, Annie Rowell, Sodexo’s Vermont First Coordinator, Jim Rogers, UVM Dining Retail Operations Director, and I took a trip to Vermont Chevon in Danville, Vermont. Vermont Chevon, which was
12/14/15
This post was originally published on Farm to Institution New England's blog . New England Producers are Gaining Approval to Sell Local Food to Big Institutional Buyers Lately, we've heard about a number of new farm to institution ties that are making local food more readily available to schools, colleges, hospitals and other institutions in New England. In response, Farm To Institution New

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