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11/27/14
This post was originally published in Just Roots' November newsletter. Heritage Breed Turkeys If you want to help preserve threatened breeds of livestock, eat them. That statement is one that I have found to be the most challenging for folks to accept when they come to listen to my “turkey talk.” I had the opportunity to showcase a few of my rare-breed heritage turkeys at the Just Roots Fall Farm
11/17/14
Community Input Sets the Stage The Ashland HEAL community coalition and many community volunteers worked for over a year on engaging partners to plan and install a new Community Garden in Ashland, New Hampshire. After receiving a grant from Healthy Eating Active Living ( HEAL) New Hampshire , Ashland HEAL solicited feedback during several community-wide forums to hear what types of healthy eating
11/9/14
In July 2011, a listeriosis outbreak spread across 28 states. By the time it ended, 143 people had been hospitalized and 33 people had died. The culprit was cantaloupe contaminated with the bacterium Listeria . Earlier that year, President Obama had signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aimed at nipping such food-related outbreaks in the bud. Since then, the Food and Drug
10/22/14
Brian Donahue, one of the authors of A New England Food Vision , discusses farming and the Vision in this interview in the Boston Globe . Donahue is a farmer and Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies at Brandeis University. He advocates for growing more vegetables on urban and suburban land and has direct experience with how this model can be successful in the region: in 1980
10/15/14
What is food sovereignty? I come from a four-generation commercial fishing family and while growing up I’d never heard the term – food sovereignty. But since then, I’ve come to understand that food sovereignty was actually embedded in most of my family’s culture and conversation and I just didn’t know it. My first memory of food sovereignty happened at age 8, when at a family cookout, as usual,
9/12/14
This post was originally published on The Hill's Congress Blog . This week, state agriculture officials from across the country have gathered on the shores of Lake Champlain for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) annual meeting in Burlington, Vermont. These leaders have a unique opportunity to increase collaboration aimed at ensuring an abundant, nutritious food
9/9/14
Dan Barber, a renowned chef and author of the book, The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food , is kicking up dust around the farm-to-table movement. Barber recently wrote in the Sunday New York Times that despite the claims of four-fifths of Americans that sustainability is a priority when they shop for food, “For all its successes, farm-to-table has not, in any fundamental way,
9/9/14
Strolling of the Heifers, a Vermont-based local-food advocacy group, has released its 2014 Locavore Index. New Hampshire is ranked third, just behind top-ranked Vermont and Maine. The Locavore Index incorporates data on farmer’s markets, community-supported agriculture (CSA), food hub, farm-to-institution activities, and Farm-to-School programs, and compares states on a per-capita basis. Barn and
9/8/14
The attached report - "Rhode Island Land-Linking Program: Background Research and Policy Analysis", is the first study completed under a partnership between the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and the RIFPC. The ongoing project involves Harvard Law students assisting the Council to research and better understand key policy issues affecting Rhode Island's food system. This first report assesses
9/7/14
Congratulations to the 17 awardees of the 2014 LASA Grants. The LASA Advisory Committee received over 90 applications in this first funding year, for a total of $1.4 million in requested funds (there was $210,000 available). The RIFPC looks forward to tracking the progress of each of these 17 LASA awardees over the next few months to see how these projects grow. 2014 LASA Grants Program Awardees

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