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2/5/15
Local food movements are trending across the country. For some, it’s the next “in” thing to do, but for many Vermonters, supporting local agriculture has been a way of life long before it was trendy. So where does the term “food system” fit in when talking about local food? Everyone from academics to government officials are referring more to food systems when discussing sustainable agriculture,
1/29/15
Farm to Instituion New England is hosting a Farm to Institution Track at the Harvest New England Ag Marketing Conference! Farm to Institution New England is excited to be hosting a farm to institution track with five workshops at the 2015 Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show , one of New England’s largest agricultural marketing conferences, on February 25-26 at the
1/26/15
The temperature was 12 below when a busload of UVM students arrived at a nondescript business park off Route 100 in Waitsfield. From the outside, the green, industrial building didn’t look like a thriving food enterprise. But on the inside – with 4,000 square-feet of freezers, storage, a loading dock, and processing space – it became immediately clear to students that local food was the mission.
1/22/15
My most popular blog post by far at World.edu is called "Sustainable agriculture jobs after college?" In this essay, I try to tell the truth about the jobs situation in sustainable agriculture based on my experience working with young women and men graduating college. My conclusion is that while there is much work that needs to be done, well-paying, meaningful jobs that offer a sense of security
1/11/15
This fall, a new food co-op opened its doors in downtown Orange, Massachusetts - the result of an unusual partnership between a food buying club and a land trust. The Quabbin Harvest Co-op offers an example of how land trusts can advance their farm conservation missions by helping to rebuild the local food system. Located in the North Quabbin region of central Massachusetts, Orange is a former
11/21/14
Vermonters who love local food usually think “Vermont” when they think “local.” But Vermont farmers and food businesses operate at different scales and sell products to all types of markets. With more than 33 million potential customers in New England and New York, regional markets are increasingly important for our statewide producers and processors. Increasing their access to regional grocery
11/13/14
“Teach a person to fish and they will fish for a day, CLiCK a sustainable food system and we will ALL eat forever!” CLiCK (Commercially Licensed Co-Operative Kitchen) is a shared use kitchen that will be opening in Windham, CT in December. The purpose of this kitchen is to enable caterers, chefs, and other food entrepreneurs to incubate their businesses in a commercial space without incurring
10/13/14
WHAT: 3-day intensive skill-building program giving good food entrepreneurs the knowledge and resources they need to grow—plus the potential to win up to $10,000 in consulting services. Led by Jay Friedlander, College of the Atlantic’s Sustainable Business Program chair and organic food entrepreneur. WHERE: Hosted by Food Sol at Babson College in Wellesley, MA; WHEN: December 2–4, 2014 WHO: Food
9/9/14
Strolling of the Heifers, a Vermont-based local-food advocacy group, has released its 2014 Locavore Index. New Hampshire is ranked third, just behind top-ranked Vermont and Maine. The Locavore Index incorporates data on farmer’s markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA), food hub, farm-to-institution activities, and Farm-to-School programs, and compares states on a per-capita basis. Barn and
9/6/14
Our May Food Matters Community Conversation was co-hosted by our 2 Council members Melina Packer and Brian Goldberg. Melina and Brian deftly facilitated an 8-person panel conversation and room discussion around our May topic: How To Grow A Local Food System: RI-Based Food Businesses Share Their Stories. The room was packed (standing room only!) and the food, provided by RISD Dining Services, was

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