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2/26/15
On February 17 th , the Connecticut Food System Alliance (CFSA) gathering, the first of three planned for 2015, took place in West Hartford, CT. We were pleased to work with the University of Saint Joseph, who generously hosted us on their campus for the day-long event. The theme of this gathering was Food and the Economy, with a morning session dedicated to introducing the theme and networking
2/23/15
The Franklin Land Trust (FLT) has been devoted to conserving western Massachusetts’ natural beauty—the farms, woods, rivers, and mountains—for over 28 years. We own land for the public to enjoy, and help farmers and landowners conserve their land with conservation restrictions and agricultural preservation restrictions that prevent future development while continuing active agriculture, forestry
2/19/15
The purpose: To provide healthy and local proteins to students, to support NH fishermen by developing new markets for sustainable species of fish caught in the Gulf of Maine, and to educate the next generation of fish eaters and consumers. The project: Get fish caught by a NH fisherman onto to the lunch trays of schools on the seacoast. The project began with a fish tasting by school food service
2/16/15
Overview Campuses across the country have seen an increasing interest in food systems and farming from students and faculty, which has led to the creation of new majors and minors related to food and agriculture, as well as an increase in on-campus food production. There are a variety of outlets for the food that is produced on campus, including selling or giving it to campus dining operations,
2/5/15
Local food movements are trending across the country. For some, it’s the next “in” thing to do, but for many Vermonters, supporting local agriculture has been a way of life long before it was trendy. So where does the term “food system” fit in when talking about local food? Everyone from academics to government officials are referring more to food systems when discussing sustainable agriculture,
2/2/15
A new specialty license plate is in the works in Massachusetts to benefit new farmers, farmers' markets, and the Commonwealth's local food economy. The new "Choose Fresh & Local" license plate isn't just for show; proceeds will support core programs of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Mass Farmers Markets, and the Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts, nonprofits which provide
1/19/15
One of the gifts of MLK Day is the opportunity to reflect on how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy can inspire our work for social justice. I say social justice because the work that I do is rooted in sustainability, and social justice is core to the concept regardless of whether I engage it through food systems, climate change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem health, or cultural health
1/11/15
This fall, a new food co-op opened its doors in downtown Orange, Massachusetts - the result of an unusual partnership between a food buying club and a land trust. The Quabbin Harvest Co-op offers an example of how land trusts can advance their farm conservation missions by helping to rebuild the local food system. Located in the North Quabbin region of central Massachusetts, Orange is a former
12/29/14
2014 marked an exciting year for the RIFPC, both in terms of regional and local collaboration, policy changes, pilot projects, educational events and the convening of stakeholders. Highlights from the past year include: RIFPC served as local host of the 2014 Food Solutions New England Summit, held June 12-13 in Pawtucket. For the first time, access and equity served as major themes of the Summit
12/22/14
$5 Million Awarded to Farm to School Programs Nationwide The Northeast Regional Steering Committee of the National Farm to School Network has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to host a Northeast Farm to School Leadership Forum in partnership with Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and Farm to Institution New York State as an integral part of the

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