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Fisheries & Seafood

11/2/15
Julius Kolawole has a plan to “bring the ocean to the desert.” Or at least the fish. The desert, in this case, is a “food desert,” places defined by the USDA as “urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food” which “have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food
10/29/15
Comments being collected now The first complete draft of the Massachusetts Food System Plan was released on Friday, October 23. The plan is available for download at www.mafoodplan.org , and public comments on the draft will be accepted through November 6 . The plan is a comprehensive assessment identifying current strengths of the Commonwealth's food system and opportunities for improvement. "
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
8/3/15
On a picturesque, sunny July day, I had the opportunity to get out on the water for a tour of Fox Point Oysters. Located in Little Bay, part of the Great Bay Estuary in New Hampshire, Fox Point Oysters provides fresh, sustainable, and delicious oysters. Behind the farm stands Laura Ward, an artist by training who got hooked on to oyster farming in 2012. The farm currently spans across 1.5 acres,
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
6/25/15
Hi, my name is Cynthia. I am stationed at the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance ( NAMA) headquarters most of the time working on the day to day ins and outs of our nonprofit; but sometimes I get out and enjoy Seafood Throwdowns with our Partners. On Saturday, June 27 th , I’m taking a road trip to an extraordinary Seafood Throwdown, which will take place as part of Maine Fare on the waterfront
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’
5/14/15
According to The World Watch Institute, nearly half of the fish consumed today is raised on a fish farm, not wild caught. While both harvest of wild fish and fish farming have their cons, could aquaculture be a real opportunity to increase sustainable food production in NH? Many political leaders, humanitarian organization and scientist are looking to aquaculture as the way move forward in
5/7/15
I write this blog primarily to spread the word about sustainable seafood. “Sustainable” has become a bit of a cliché as marketers stretch and pull the definition in directions that weren’t part of its original meaning. Unfortunately, that leaves many of us with more questions than answers about where our seafood comes from. I write this blog to bring some clarity and understanding about our

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