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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’
6/15/15
I'm glad to be back on the homestead and with Lane, who with superhuman powers juggled our life in Lisbon alone while I was gone for two days in Boston, where I was participating as a New Hampshire delegate at the New England Food Summit . The summit has been held for the last five years by Food Solutions New England . The main goals from their “ vision ” are for New Englanders to produce 50% of
6/8/15
Data analysis and visualization is one of the powerful tools we can use to understand and explain trends in food systems. There are many clues to changes underway in food systems, from anecdotes and stories that are relevant in our communities, to news analyses and documentaries that tackle big issues. Vermont’s Farm to Plate Initiative has spent a lot of time collecting and interpreting official
6/5/15
What does it mean to strengthen our local food system? How do we care for each other and our children amid deepening economic and environmental stress? On a Saturday in May, an excited group of curious and committed parishioners and volunteers decided to answer these questions through joint action. On this delightfully warm and sunny afternoon, we gathered on the front steps of Old West Church,
5/21/15
Cooperatives have long played an essential role in meeting the needs of communities, farmers, and food producers, by bringing together labor, capital, and people’s voices into creating essential goods and services. Cooperatives provide food infrastructure that is needed to feed our communities including milling, processing, preservation, storage, distribution, shipping, and stores. From the early

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