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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
6/30/16
Mobilizing Movement: Trailblazer decides to take action from inspiring directives at 2016 Summit Food Solutions New England hosted the 6 th in a series of Regional Food Summits in Bridgeport, CT on June 8–9, 2016. This two-day event featured more than 180 delegates from the six New England states working across the food system. Planners, farmers and farm workers, chefs, funders, government
6/20/16
Food Solutions New England's 6th Annual New England Food Summit took place June 8th and 9th in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The New England Food Summits bring together delegates from across the six states of New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) to strengthen collaboration for regional food system sustainability. These working summits are designed
6/16/16
Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED, a collaboration of Shelburne Farms and NOFA-VT) will host its second annual Northeast Farm to School Institute , a year-long learning opportunity for schools to advance their initiatives in food, farm, and nutrition education while serving local products in cafeterias. With the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5003) recently moved out of
6/6/16
Two dozen individuals representing twenty philanthropic organizations—ranging from family, community, and corporate foundations to funder affinity groups to donor and investor advisors—will join this year’s New England Food Summit VI in Bridgeport, Connecticut, from June 8-9. We are eager to participate in this convening so we can learn first-hand what leaders from across the New England farm,
5/23/16
The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) will hold its 42nd annual Summer Conference on August 12-14, 2016 in Amherst, Massachusetts. The event features three days of organic immersion, with 200 workshops to empower, educate, build skills and confidence. Over 1000 curious learners, growers, and experienced practitioners gather for inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health,
5/9/16
What does it really mean for me in my life? It all begins with RACE. Take for example the upcoming The Summit on Race and Equity: A Call to Government and Community, May 16 th and 17 th in Boston . The event is a culmination of almost two years of planning between a diverse group of community and City of Boston partners focused on developing policy platforms and institutional change around
4/28/16
The phrase “privilege is blind” is one I think about often. I’m participating in Food Solutions New England’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge for the second year because I need to see beyond the blinders of my experience. I recognize that a person of color would not have to set an intention to learn about racial injustice and equity; it is their lived experience. As a white person, raised in white
4/4/16
This post originally appeared on the Gulf of Maine Research Institute blog . When you think about cafeteria food, you probably think of mystery meat and instant mashed potatoes. Most of us grew up waiting listlessly in line for a scoop of the lunch “special”, which was usually anything but. Today’s lunch trays, however, bear little resemblance to the meals we remember. Institutions are catering
3/24/16
Saturday, March 12, 2016 marked a day when farming and fishing advocates gathered at Washington Academy in East Machias to discuss ways to strengthen Washington County’s food system. Based on survey feedback from participants, many people came away with inspiration and connections; exactly what Healthy Acadia and the Washington County Community Food Council had hoped would happen. “The big

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