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2/2/17
This post originally appeared on Vermont Farm to Plate Features . When choosing to purchase food, cost is often a deciding factor for consumers. Why buy a 12-ounce package of local bacon for $7.99 when you can get it for $4.98? Purchasing local food means you know where your food comes from, you’re buying food that is generally healthier, and you’re helping drive the local economy to keep more
1/5/17
The Skinny Pancake and Vermont PBS are pleased to announce The Local Motive , a new, six- part television series that explores Vermont’s Farm to Plate food system, the most comprehensive local food system plan in the country. The Local Motive will air on Vermont PBS starting in January, 2017. The project is a collaboration between The Skinny Pancake , Vermont PBS , and Jaime Williams of Von Dier
11/17/16
With 60,000 tons of food wasted in the United States each year, at a cost of nearly $220 billion according to ReFED , wasted food is one of the great challenges facing our nation. Wasted food makes up 21% of all landfill volume, and as it decomposes, it releases methane, a greenhouse gas 25 times more effective than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in Earth’s atmosphere. These consequences are all
11/10/16
This post was originally published October 26, 2016 on Feeding America’s website . Never at a loss for fun ways to highlight good work, chefs at the New Hampshire Food Bank paired up with the Manchester Community Farmers Market this season to encourage people to embrace “the Uglies.” Food banks have always accepted ‘salvage’, non-perishable food that is of high quality and safe for human
11/3/16
By Elodie Reed, Concord Monitor staff Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Food is an undeniable key ingredient to political campaigns. It lent the setting (and sustenance) for Donald Trump’s January Red Arrow Diner stop in Manchester, where he now has a cheeseburger named after him. It gave a fun twist to Hillary Clinton’s 2015 swing by the Moo’s Place dairy bar in Derry, where she ordered a kiddie-sized
10/31/16
This articles was originally published by Amy Higgins, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's Communities & Banking . Hunger affects over 48 million Americans, and more than half of the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are rural. Food insecurity is defined as limited or uncertain food availability or ability to obtain nutritionally adequate and safe foods. 1 Data provided by
10/27/16
This post, written by Faye Conte, was reposted from Vermont Farm to Plate Features . This October, New England’s food co-ops are joining more than 30,000 co-ops and credit unions across the United States in celebrating the many ways that co-operatives help to build strong communities as part of National Co-op Month. Food co-ops share a commitment to offering quality, healthy food, and many
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
9/29/16
This post originally appeared on the Transition Wayland blog . To read other posts in this series, click here and scroll down. All the folks in my household enjoyed the Omnivore's Delight Diet Challenge. Turns out we didn't have to change our eating habits much - only our shopping habits. Still it was an interesting and inspiring exercise that can take the dread out of changing one's food culture
9/6/16
This story was originally posted on Land For Good's website August 19, 2016. Last week, the four Somali Bantu farmers of New Roots Cooperative Farm , broke ground at their new 30 acre farm on the northside of Lewiston, Maine. This is a dream come true for New Roots and for the Somali community in Lewiston and Maine. The four farmer-owners of New Roots—Mohamed Abukar, Batula Ismail, Seynab Ali,

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