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New farmers assembled the Arts Block in Greenfield, Massachusetts, on Dec. 12 from all over New England, New York state, and even Canada for the Northeast New Farmer Winter Gathering. Roughly 150 attendees arrived with enthusiasm and energy to participate in an anti-oppression training facilitated by representatives of Springfield-based Gardening the Community . Liz Wills-O’Gilvie and Tory Field
On this Thanksgiving, there is indeed much to be grateful for, yet on a day so focused on food and family, it is hard to escape the fact, nor should we remain comfortable with the reality, that nearly one in seven Americans reports being food insecure, meaning that they are unable to consistently meet their food needs. Feeding America has an interactive site that provides critical information
You may well have heard last week the FDA cleared the path for genetically modified salmon to hit the market after a protracted five-year review. It was a landmark decision that could have long-lasting implications for other genetically engineered (GE) products such as livestock (pigs, cattle, chickens) as well as reinforcing industry opposition to labeling such products (as in produce). In a
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
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 , 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. "
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
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
In a joint statement by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, it was confirmed that sustainability goals will not be incorporated into the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). It appears that the exclusion of these goals represents a missed opportunity to embark on a much needed, more holistic approach
By Philip Korman, Jeff Cole, Andrew Morehouse, Ellen Parker, and Frank Mangan This post was originally published by The Daily Hampshire Gazette , August 19th, 2015 The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance recently created a win-win situation for the Commonwealth, seizing a chance to improve public health, build our economy and support local farmers. Building on its vision to
This post was originally published on Farm to Institution New England's blog . Farmers and food advocates still pushing for sustainability and fair labor standards in July 2016 contract On August 31st, the Office of Strategic Procurement for the University of Maine System released their request for proposal (RFP) for food service at six of the seven University of Maine Campuses. “Maine students,