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3/5/18
The Shah Family Foundation has been working closely with The Boston Public Schools Food and Nutritional Services and the City of Boston on a pilot project in East Boston schools that provides fresh, healthier food to students in BPS. This program creates finishing kitchens at satellite schools who have traditionally relied on frozen, vended meals. Students in these schools are now served fresh
1/31/18
In the field, I often hear the question from partner organizations or institutions: “Why is evaluation important?” and “Why do we need to do this?”. As an educator and an agriculturalist I cringe at the idea that we would never make room in the cycle to step back and assess our work, reflect upon what has value and what serves purpose, and what needs to drop away to make room for new growth.
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
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
10/16/17
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
10/3/17
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
9/27/17
This post was originally posted on the One Fish Foundation blog on September 26, 2017. New Bedford fishing kingpin Carlos Rafael was sentenced to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay $200,000 in fines yesterday after pleading guilty to fraudulently mislabeling fish and sending hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash out of the country. He must also pay $108,929 restitution to the U.S. Treasury
8/17/17
On July 22 at a brightly painted building on Farmington Avenue in Hartford, I got to witness something amazing for Connecticut Food System Alliance ’s Food Summit and Network Launch . I had an opportunity to see just how far and how deep the influences of food really go and how incredibly layered and nuanced they are. More than 70 people showed up to talk and learn about food system issues for
7/18/17
On July 18, Cultivating Community convened a welcome reception at their Boyd Street Urban Farm in downtown Portland for Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Dr. Desiree Drucker Ross, who manages the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program for the USDA. Greeting the two leaders were folks from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Alliance (MOFGA), Wolfe's Neck Farm, Agrability (
4/24/17
Permanent protection, dignity and respect for the 11 million undocumented people in the US! When do we want it? NOW!! On April 16 th , in the first of a two-part exploration of the connection between worker rights, racial justice, and sustainable food systems , the 21-day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge prompt referenced Cosecha (the name translates to “Harvest”), a nonviolent movement

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