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5/21/18
This post was originally published on the Interaction Institute for Social Change blog by Curtis Ogden on May 14, 2018. On April 22nd, the fourth annual 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge wrapped up. This Food Solutions New England project was originally conceived as a “network innovation” to spread and deepen the conversation about and commitment around addressing race and racism in
4/18/18
I am writing this for white-identifying nonprofit board members, directors, project managers, or funders. I hope these activists will also find it important to candidly talk about community based programs addressing food, housing, environmental health, public and mental health, or racial equity and two problems, that as a white cis woman, I hear and discuss regularly: A majority of funding for
4/12/18
Through 400 years of plantation enslavement, lynchings, lost years of family history, loss of earning potential through lack of inheritances, and generations of neglected educational opportunities, African American producers and land owners have been placed seriously behind the starting line without the proverbial boots or straps. Given the tremendous losses throughout centuries of state
4/10/18
The reason that I as a Black person work to end inequity in the entire food system is simple: Black farmers currently operate less than 1% of the nation’s farms 85% of the people working the land in the US are Latinx migrant workers Only 2.5% of farms are owned and operated by Latinxs and Hispanics People of color are disproportionately likely to live under food apartheid and suffer from diabetes
4/5/18
“As white people we need to make a choice about how we’re going to be white in this world. We can be part of continuing white supremacy or we can be part of dismantling it.” -Jardana Peacock Access to land and food are human rights. In United States history, the connection between food apartheid and land access is clear, and we can trace racial injustice historically by analyzing present day
3/8/18
This post b y Vanessa Garcia Polanco and Amirio Freeman originally appeared on NESAWG’s blog . Last fall, we attended the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group’s 2017 It Takes a Region Conference, thanks to generous scholarship support provided by NESAWG. Vanessa was selected as conference presenter and also as a youth delegate for NESAWG’s Youth Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, and
3/5/18
The Shah Family Foundation has been working closely with The Boston Public Schools Food and Nutritional Services and the City of Boston on a pilot project in East Boston schools that provides fresh, healthier food to students in BPS. This program creates finishing kitchens at satellite schools who have traditionally relied on frozen, vended meals. Students in these schools are now served fresh
2/16/18
On February 5th, UNH named Curtis Ogden and Karen Spiller as joint recipients of the Thomas W. Haas Professorship in Sustainable Food Systems. The professorship was established in 2013 with a $1 million gift to the Sustainability Institute at UNH from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, generated from a donor-advised fund established by Durham philanthropist Tom Haas. According to the
2/2/18
The Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition (MFCC) has announced the launch of a new resource for Coalition partners and community members: a visual and narrative portfolio depicting the array of work people in the Monadnock Region are doing around issues of local food and the ways these individuals experience, relate with, and find meaning in the work. The photographic and written depictions,
1/31/18
In the field, I often hear the question from partner organizations or institutions: “Why is evaluation important?” and “Why do we need to do this?”. As an educator and an agriculturalist I cringe at the idea that we would never make room in the cycle to step back and assess our work, reflect upon what has value and what serves purpose, and what needs to drop away to make room for new growth.

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