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8/17/17
On July 22 at a brightly painted building on Farmington Avenue in Hartford, I got to witness something amazing for Connecticut Food System Alliance ’s Food Summit and Network Launch . I had an opportunity to see just how far and how deep the influences of food really go and how incredibly layered and nuanced they are. More than 70 people showed up to talk and learn about food system issues for
7/26/17
This post originally appeared on the North Amherst Community Farm website . Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez was tying grape vines at a farm in Central California, when the temperature soared well above 95 degrees. Only a few days in the country, this undocumented field worker, who didn’t have easy access to water, shade or the work breaks required by law, passed out from the heat and died two days
7/18/17
On July 18, Cultivating Community convened a welcome reception at their Boyd Street Urban Farm in downtown Portland for Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Dr. Desiree Drucker Ross, who manages the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program for the USDA. Greeting the two leaders were folks from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Alliance (MOFGA), Wolfe's Neck Farm, Agrability (
7/7/17
This 43rd annual 3-day celebration (August 11-13, 2017 in Amherst, MA) brings together organic farmers, gardeners, growers, landscapers, and eaters from across the Northeast to share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond. The organic movement has been a constant force for innovation and progress in food production models that are environmentally and
5/11/17
“One way to take alliance building a step further is to reframe issues so that they’re no longer issues, which can be divisive, but values, which have more power to unite.” This notion, lifted from an excellent article by Kristin Moe , is just one of countless impactful ideas from Food Solutions New England’s Racial Equity Challenge that resonated with us. At World Farmers , our work digs into
3/28/17
Vermont Farm to Plate is a program of the Vermont Legislature, administered by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to: Increase economic development in Vermont’s farm and food sector; Create jobs in the farm and food economy; and Improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters. The Vermont Legislature tasked the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund with conducting a public engagement process and
3/9/17
This post by Lesley Heiser was originally published by The Rumpus on March 6, 2017 as part of TORCH, their series devoted to showcasing personal essays and interviews about immigrant and refugee experiences. Featuring the work of diverse writers from around the globe, TORCH aims to shatter stereotypes and encourage greater understanding and empathy in a world where immigrant and refugee
3/6/17
This post comes from NAMA's Coordinating Director, Niaz Dorry, and was originally posted on the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance blog . We often are asked "what do you mean by family fishermen" or community-based fishermen, or a Big Box Boat. I have often felt these questions are presented as a distraction to get us to all wound up in a defensive position. As many of you know, we have been
3/2/17
This post was originally published in The Daily Hampshire Gazette, March 1, 2017, by Claire Morenon and Philip Korman and appeared in: CISA Opinion Pieces , Press Room As the national debate about refugees and immigration roils, we at Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) have been reflecting on the history and the modern condition of farm labor in this country, and on our role as
2/17/17
In the spirit of the Summit, which was meant to be driven by and for all Rhode Islanders, we developed this post as a group, with multiple individuals contributing their voices and reflections. Rhode Island’s first Food System Summit, which was held on January 10, 2017, brought together participants from across the state food scene: farmers to composters, fishermen to researchers, state

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