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10/1/15
During autumn in New England, Jews celebrate both our local seasonal abundance as well as Sukkot , a biblical holiday with multiple names and historical meanings. Most generally known as a celebration of the harvest and the last of the three pilgrimage festivals ( Shalosh Regalim ) during the time of the Temple, it was an opportunity to bring offerings and reaffirm commitment to God and community
9/28/15
Imagine, if you will, that you come from a hot, dry place. And now you are “resettled” in a place that is green, cold, and wet. You speak a language, in fact a number of dialects, so unlike English that English sounds like no language at all. You are a member of the Somali Bantu community in Lewiston, Maine, a small city of some 36,000 people where about 22 percent are at or below the poverty
9/21/15
It's hard to keep up with the summertime hustle. I want to soak up every sun ray, every moment that makes summer, summer. This leaves little time for blog writing, Instagram and Facebook because I use my office time for boring things like updating our cash flow statement and tracking expenses. BUT we have had some pretty remarkable things happen here this summer and one that I'd like to take a
9/17/15
Newport, Rhode Island—mansions, yachts, fancy shops, and upscale restaurants and 70 percent of public school students living below poverty level. A surprising dichotomy, and one indicative of another problem facing more than 150,000 Rhode Islanders—food insecurity. In the U. S., more than 15 percent of people, almost 50 million, don’t know from where and when their next meal will come, and
9/14/15
By Philip Korman, Jeff Cole, Andrew Morehouse, Ellen Parker, and Frank Mangan This post was originally published by The Daily Hampshire Gazette , August 19th, 2015 The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance recently created a win-win situation for the Commonwealth, seizing a chance to improve public health, build our economy and support local farmers. Building on its vision to
9/8/15
I worked in the restaurant world for many years prior to coming to the health care side of the business, operating mainly small bistros that sourced mostly local and sustainable foods. When the opportunity arose to start to do the same at the hospital, it was like a dream come true. It was at my first New Hampshire Health Care Without Harm meeting that I met Carol and Theresa from Miles Smith
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

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