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8/27/15
Supply-chain relationships help producers and get farmers back on the farm. Joe Bossen loves beans. He enjoys growing beans and working with the farmers who grow beans for Vermont Bean Crafters —producers of organic bean burgers, dry beans, and hummish (bean-based hummus). Bossen especially loves making bean burgers and developing recipes for new Vermont Bean Crafters products. These items can be
8/13/15
This post was originally published on Farm to Institution New England's blog . Encourage Chancellor Page to Support Maine Food for UMaine System Recommendations Opportunities like this one don’t come around very often. In the next two weeks, the University of Maine system will finalize language for its request for proposal (RFP) for a new food contract. Their current ten-year, $12.5 million
8/6/15
On Monday afternoons at my farm, we scramble to harvest the final fruits and roots for our CSA, and to label and fill bags of herbs for Tuesday restaurant deliveries. We are sunburned, wet-socked, and ready—when we slam the door of the finally full coolbot—to take our boots off and find dinner. I am not always eager to get in the car and drive anywhere besides home. But every other week, once the
7/30/15
This post originally appeared on the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' blog July 6, 2015. “Success” of “innovative movements” by workers from Vermont to Florida earns spread in U.S.’s most-read newspaper… Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, the movement for Worker-driven Social Responsibility (WSR) rocketed into the national spotlight thanks to a great new article on the front page of last
7/27/15
There’s no vegetable more basic than a potato. This humble, tuberous root crop, Solanum tuberosum, grows in the dark, hidden from view most of the year, and emerges late when the air is frosty. It’s not as exciting as kale, not as exotic as kohlrabi, and even has "relatives" that seem nicer—the sweet potato and the yam. But when it comes to taking our local food system forward in the state of
7/23/15
This post was originally published by Bill Duesing on June 29, 2015. View the original post here . There has been remarkable positive movement toward growing food for people near where they live, which is often called agroecology. Methods used in this local, healthy and sustainable food system model maximize use of local resources, including sun and waste products and minimize use of fossil fuels
7/16/15
Producer cooperatives have had a central role in American agriculture for the past 150 years and are continuing to grow in Maine and the Northeast today. In a producer cooperative, individual producers, such as farmers or fishermen, are owners of the cooperative, which provides services such as marketing, aggregation, distribution, and value-added processing. Producer cooperatives can provide
7/2/15
On June 30 th , New Hampshire hosted a panel discussion focused on the role of Women in Agriculture with Representative Kuster, Deputy Secretary of the USDA Krysta Harden, our state Commissioner of Agriculture, women farmers, and Cooperative Extension staff. Sitting in that barn in the midst of the fields of a working farm, panelists shared their values and perspectives on the challenges and
6/22/15
BELFAST -- Maine Fare 2015, a unique food festival that celebrates Maine’s bounty, will take place on June 26 and 27th on the Belfast Waterfront. Maine Fare is co-hosted by nonprofits Maine Farmland Trust and Penobscot East Resource Center, and brings together eaters, farmers, fisherman, foodies, food businesses, and nonprofits for a fun, delicious, and educational event. By coalescing all these
6/18/15
At my house we share “gratefuls” before dinner. This week holding hands around the table set with fresh veggies and grains with grumbling tummies I thanked the farmworker who sweated as they planted the collard greens weeks earlier. I thanked the grocery store worker whose back ached as they stocked the produce section a few days ago. I wondered how many other dozens of food chain workers who I’

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