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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
6/30/17
This post was originally published on the NH Food Alliance website . It's already feels like summer outside, but the Action Teams have diligently working to implement their respective action plans. Look below to see what each of the teams has been up to. Education The Education Action Team has recently focused its efforts on reviewing the processes and strategies outlined in the Vermont Farm to
3/6/17
This post comes from NAMA's Coordinating Director, Niaz Dorry, and was originally posted on the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance blog . We often are asked "what do you mean by family fishermen" or community-based fishermen, or a Big Box Boat. I have often felt these questions are presented as a distraction to get us to all wound up in a defensive position. As many of you know, we have been
2/17/17
In the spirit of the Summit, which was meant to be driven by and for all Rhode Islanders, we developed this post as a group, with multiple individuals contributing their voices and reflections. Rhode Island’s first Food System Summit, which was held on January 10, 2017, brought together participants from across the state food scene: farmers to composters, fishermen to researchers, state
12/6/16
“Bonito!” Ernie calls out with excitement. As we move the boat across the purse net we gather the rope, cinching it closed, herding the fish together. A larger striped silvery fish swims in and out of sight between lots of pogies and a few small squid and butterfish. The first bonito gets stuck on the net right below Mo who grabs it, wriggles it loose from the net, and tosses it into the boat.
12/1/16
Health Care Without Harm congratulates South County Hospital for winning the Rhode Island Health Care Local Food Challenge . South County outperformed their competitors in local food purchasing, education, and employee engagement, and has won $1000 in honor of their great efforts. “At South County we make every effort to provide a comfortable and healing environment for our patient, staff, and
11/23/16
As a Mohegan tribal member, I grew up attending festivals and events that centered around indigenous food, such as the Green Corn Festival, Succotash Time, and summer powwows throughout New England. Many of our traditional stories also relate to food. Tales of Moshup the giant, and his wife, Granny Squannit, the leader of the Little People, emphasize land and sea. This is important because many
10/11/16
This was originally published on Wednesday, October 05, 2016 on SeafoodSource.com by Cliff White, Editor. U.S. President Barack Obama has announced his choices to be the first ever “Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood.” The special awards, established this year as a way to “honor America’s fishers and our coastal communities for their efforts… [in leading] the way to the United States
10/6/16
For those of us working to make the food system more just and sustainable, the idea that we might encounter a problem or two along the way is so obvious and banal that it doesn’t merit mention. Clearly there are barriers, chasms even, that stand in the way; otherwise we wouldn’t need to do this work. But the notion that we grapple with wicked problems brings in an entirely new dimension to our
9/17/16
This post originally appeared on the One Fish Foundation blog . As the last sprays of daylight faded to black, I stepped off the M/V Finlander in Eliot, Maine and tried to get grounded. I was tired. Damn tired. And a bit sore. We’d left the dock at 1 a.m., traveled four hours to the fishing grounds 65 miles out, fished hard for 9 hours with rod and reel and chugged back to port, docking at about

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