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11/8/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 4 of 6 As interest in local food procurement increases at the institutional level, purchasers are reaching out to some of New England's 35,000 farms to help supply them with local product [1]. According to data collected by FINE and our partners, institutions are buying a variety of items
10/30/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 3 OF 6 Schools, institutions of higher education and hospitals in New England spend hundreds of millions of dollars on food and beverages annually. Institutions have the potential to significantly impact regional economies and communities by using their tremendous purchasing power to invest
10/25/17
This post originally appeared on Vermont Farm to Plate Features . When you ask people their definition of the Vermont food economy, they’ll often talk about farms, farmers’ markets or CSAs. What’s often missing from the conversation are the supply chain of local businesses such as distributors, food processors and manufacturers, and seed, feed, and equipment dealers. Vermont’s local food economy
10/18/17
This infographic originally appeared on the ZeroCater blog . Hundreds of years ago, the food most people ate typically came from their backyard, or that of a neighbor, or local farmer. Today, food travels across city and state lines, and often makes a lengthy trek overseas. Local food has become more of a commodity rather than the norm. But with the help of the food justice movement, the food
10/16/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 2 OF 6 Local food programs at New England schools, institutions of higher education, and hospitals are increasing in breadth and depth, however, there is no agreed upon definition of the term “local.” FINE does not assign a set definition of local when collecting primary data but rather
9/28/17
UPDATE: Read Migrant Justice's announcement on their agreement with Ben & Jerry’s! Dairy workers kicked off the “Human Rights Can’t Wait” speaking tour through the Northeast September 13, engaging hundreds of students and community members. Presentations included a packed house at Columbia Law School, a community dialogue at the MayDay space in Brooklyn, and a full day at Yale University with
9/26/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England blog . Welcome to Measuring Up , a six-part blog series designed to provide an introduction to the importance of data in understanding the farm to institution landscape in New England. There are 4,628 K-12 schools, 210 colleges and universities, and 256 hospitals that provide dining services in New England. In total,
9/1/17
This post was originally published in The Daily Hampshire Gazette, August 29, 2017, by Claire Morenon and appeared in: CISA Opinion Pieces , News What comes to mind when you think of local food? Bustling farmers markets, charming roadside stands, Community Supported Agriculture barns filling with produce and customers — these are the images that spring to mind for most of us. Indeed, those direct
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

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