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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,
11/21/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 5 of 6 Over the past several weeks, this blog series has presented data on the K-12, college, and hospital sectors in New England and has provided information on shared language, operational characteristics, and purchasing trends as they affect farm to institution activity. Understanding
11/8/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 4 of 6 As interest in local food procurement increases at the institutional level, purchasers are reaching out to some of New England's 35,000 farms to help supply them with local product [1]. According to data collected by FINE and our partners, institutions are buying a variety of items
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
10/30/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 3 OF 6 Schools, institutions of higher education and hospitals in New England spend hundreds of millions of dollars on food and beverages annually. Institutions have the potential to significantly impact regional economies and communities by using their tremendous purchasing power to invest
10/25/17
This post originally appeared on Vermont Farm to Plate Features . When you ask people their definition of the Vermont food economy, they’ll often talk about farms, farmers’ markets or CSAs. What’s often missing from the conversation are the supply chain of local businesses such as distributors, food processors and manufacturers, and seed, feed, and equipment dealers. Vermont’s local food economy
10/16/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 2 OF 6 Local food programs at New England schools, institutions of higher education, and hospitals are increasing in breadth and depth, however, there is no agreed upon definition of the term “local.” FINE does not assign a set definition of local when collecting primary data but rather
10/4/17
This post was originally published on the Interaction Institute for Social Change blog by Curtis Ogden on October 2, 2017. “We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along those sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.” – Herman Melville Last week I worked with the Backbone Team of Food Solutions New England
10/3/17
This piece was originally posted by Sarah Schumann on September 18, 2017 on the Eating with the Ecosystem blog . New England fisheries are at a crossroads. This heritage industry, which has provided livelihoods for so many for so long in our region, now finds itself challenged by a changing and unpredictable natural environment, an increasingly cutthroat global marketplace, shifts in demographics

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