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8/11/16
This piece was originally posted by Erica Houskeeper on UVM Food Feed . A new research report from Farm to Institution New England (FINE) surveyed food distributors to gather their perspectives on institutional demand for local products and identify the challenges and opportunities they face in serving this segment of the food market. The report—the first publication in a series of FINE research
8/9/16
This post was originally published on the UNH Sustainability Institute blog . This past Friday, July 29, I had the pleasure of visiting Rhode Island to gain a better understanding of the food landscape within the state. During a whirlwind twelve hours, I held four interviews with representatives from across the Rhode Island food system and, with the help of my tour guide Ken Payne, visited seven
8/4/16
Just a few weeks after Food Solutions New England (FSNE)’s Summit VI in Bridgeport, Connecticut, I was lucky enough to attend the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders ' [1] (SAFSF) annual forum, held this year in Louisville, Kentucky. SAFSF’s stated mission is to, “create networking, educational, and collaboration opportunities for the philanthropic community working to support
8/1/16
This post comes from Dawn Tucker with End-O-Main Lobster and fishing family out of Wickford, Rhode Island and was originally posted on the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance blog . My name is Dawn (McAlister) Tucker and I am a family member of a fisherman in Wickford, Rhode Island. We are a small day boat fishing business involved in several fisheries with a dragger, lobster boat and we are also
7/28/16
How do we support community self-determination and sovereignty? It was a question that was posed at the Opening Plenary at CommonBound 2016 in Buffalo, NY. The conference, which ran from July 8-10, explored how we are creating a new economy and how this weaves into the struggles for climate justice, food justice, racial justice, economic justice, and more. This biennial conference started in 2012
7/25/16
The goals of getting food to those in need and operating a viable business could easily be at odds. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case. Here at Maine Farmland Trust , we’re finding ways to connect farmers, local food retailers, and low-income consumers—for the benefit of all. The major tool we’re applying to this effect is known as nutrition incentives. These are monetary bonuses
7/21/16
Fifteen delegates from multiple areas of the NH food system attended the 2016 New England Food Summit , organized by Food Solutions New England (FSNE), which was held June 8th and 9th in Bridgeport, Connecticut. During the Summit, the NH delegates had a chance to meet and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Granite State in the efforts to achieve the “50 by 60” New England Food
7/14/16
This summer Vermont’s colleges and universities are buzzing with inventive and hands-on learning that drives global food system solutions. The seven members of the Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium are continuing to expand their presence in the nationwide food systems movement, creating pacesetters to lead the charge in the way the nation sources, grows, processes, purchases,
7/11/16
This was originally published on the Collective Impact Blog by David Phillips . Welcome to the first in a series of conversations with experienced backbone leaders! (see this blog post describing the series.) In this chat, we’ll hear from Ellen Kahler , Executive Director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) since 2005. For the past five years, VSJF has served as the backbone for Vermont
7/7/16
“You have to be patient, develop trust, and have people go with you.” These were words from Karen Masterson, co-owner of Johnny’s Luncheonette in Newton, MA as she talked about what it takes to align her business with the aspirations of the New England Food Vision . “I’ve been chasing after local vegetables for 13 years. Some small operations cannot afford to do this.” Masterson offered both

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