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12/12/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 6 OF 6 The Power of Institutions to Change the Food System New England schools, hospitals, and institutions of higher education serve approximately 3.8 million people every day and spend hundreds of millions of dollars on food and beverage each year. Increasingly, these institutions are
11/27/17
This post was originally published on the Interaction Institute for Social Change blog by Curtis Ogden on November 20, 2017. “We know that there is no help for us but from one another, that no hand will save us if we do not reach out our hand.” – URSULA K. Le GUIN A note on the quotes below (and the Le Guin quote above): I am grateful for the beautiful piece by Evan Bissel, “Frames for Life,
11/7/17
Race and equity are concerns in all parts of our society, and the food system is no different. From food apartheid to low wages, the food system reflects discrimination in zoning, education, housing, labor protections, and in electoral representation. Identifying what we can do to unravel systemic oppression, and then aligning our institutions to take up the tasks, is a challenge for any
9/26/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England blog . Welcome to Measuring Up , a six-part blog series designed to provide an introduction to the importance of data in understanding the farm to institution landscape in New England. There are 4,628 K-12 schools, 210 colleges and universities, and 256 hospitals that provide dining services in New England. In total,
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
8/9/17
The Vermont Community Foundation (VCF) has been changing the future of many non-profit organizations across the state. VCF’s latest press release announced that they awarded $60,500 for grants to more than two dozen nonprofit organizations, with the most common single amount awarded being $2,500. Let’s look at the incredible work that the VCF is helping to achieve. What Is the Small and Inspiring
7/24/17
On July 18 Cultivating Community and its partner the St. Mary's Nutrition Center, both of Maine, launched the second season of the Good Food Bus, a mobile food market featuring locally sourced fruits, vegetables, eggs, and bread; favorite items "from away" such as citrus; and $10 anchor meals in a bag that include a recipe and all the ingredients needed to make a simple, healthy, delicious meal--
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
4/17/17
“To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination.” - bell hooks Similar to other “helping professions” like teaching and social work, white women make up a large percentage of the nonprofit workforce. Those percentages drop precipitously for all women in executive
3/28/17
Vermont Farm to Plate is a program of the Vermont Legislature, administered by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to: Increase economic development in Vermont’s farm and food sector; Create jobs in the farm and food economy; and Improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters. The Vermont Legislature tasked the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund with conducting a public engagement process and

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