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11/9/15
Farm to Plate Network concludes fourth year of work implementing Vermont’s food system plan by exploring connections between the health of soil and water to the long term productivity and sustainability of local food production “Farm in nature’s image” was the takeaway message shared by Ray Archuleta, Conservation Agronomist at the USDA Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) and
11/5/15
On Monday, October 26, the White House recognized 12 individuals from across the country as White House Champions of Change for Sustainable and Climate Smart Agriculture. UConn Extension’s Jiff Martin was selected as one of the recipients. These individuals were selected by the White House for their achievements and will be honored for exemplary leadership and innovation in agricultural
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. "
10/26/15
On Tuesday, October 20, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new Farm to School Census data confirming the multiple benefits of farm to school programs for kids, communities, and farmers. These early results from the latest Farm to School Census provide data on the 2013-2014 school year. Early Results Are In – and Positive! Census data confirms that farm to school
10/22/15
Farmland access and transfer are among the biggest challenges for new and established farmers across New England. Maine Farmland Trust recently convened a conference to tackle some of the issues surrounding farmland access, in partnership with Land For Good and American Farmland Trust . The conference, held in New Gloucester, Maine on October 19, highlighted the obstacles and opportunities to
10/19/15
The United States’ food report card is in, and it does not look good at all. 80% failed on sourcing practices and antibiotics usage. Only 5 of the major food chains received a “C” or above. Why should we be concerned? Since the 1950s, feeding farm animals antibiotics has become standard. The problem with this is the overdosage of antibiotics which causes resistances and could cause a disease
10/12/15
Friends and supporters of local farming gathered in Hinsdale, New Hampshire this harvest season to celebrate the permanent protection of Wingate Farm . Olivia Pettengill, the new owner of the Farm, in partnership with her brother James, began the celebration by thanking the groups who worked together to conserve the farm: “We are incredibly fortunate to have access to this prime farmland and to
10/8/15
Food Security section of the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan is updated to articulate strategies to improve food access, increase local food availability, and advocate for the needs of food insecure Vermonters Montpelier, VT –One in eight Vermonters struggle with hunger and 13.2% of Vermont households are food insecure, having difficulty during some time of the year to provide food for their family
10/5/15
As a Registered Dietitian, I have worked in hospitals for over 20 years, starting in college, when I helped patients by providing a leaner protein option. I knew I was doing the “right” thing (read as finger air quotes) by recommending a lean chicken breast. Twenty years ago, I would have NEVER doubted that the chicken breast was the healthiest choice or given a second thought about the way that

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