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7/16/15
Producer cooperatives have had a central role in American agriculture for the past 150 years and are continuing to grow in Maine and the Northeast today. In a producer cooperative, individual producers, such as farmers or fishermen, are owners of the cooperative, which provides services such as marketing, aggregation, distribution, and value-added processing. Producer cooperatives can provide
7/13/15
Many who live in Vermont have unique perspectives on food. These voices are the catalyst that can bring a new narrative of prevention, empowerment, and solidarity to the food justice movement. In my work to educate people about the crucial link between local, whole food and the health of communities and land, I learn so much about the experiences of those who keep Vermont’s food system alive. By
7/9/15
I have been a server at Denny’s for 7 years and never once questioned why my managers or customers were able to talk to and treat me the way that they do. I never questioned why I was paid less than minimum wage or how my paychecks came out to be so little at the end of every pay period. I struggle every week to manage my cash tips because that is all I will have to pay my bills, my rent, and
6/18/15
At my house we share “gratefuls” before dinner. This week holding hands around the table set with fresh veggies and grains with grumbling tummies I thanked the farmworker who sweated as they planted the collard greens weeks earlier. I thanked the grocery store worker whose back ached as they stocked the produce section a few days ago. I wondered how many other dozens of food chain workers who I’
6/11/15
The non-negotiable commitment made by Food Solutions New England to racial equity and food justice was a critical and bold declaration for its network. These core values are fundamental guiding principles for restoring and improving healthy ecosystems and a working landscape that supports our quality of life and diverse, thriving communities. Making pathways to a more just and equitable and
6/8/15
Data analysis and visualization is one of the powerful tools we can use to understand and explain trends in food systems. There are many clues to changes underway in food systems, from anecdotes and stories that are relevant in our communities, to news analyses and documentaries that tackle big issues. Vermont’s Farm to Plate Initiative has spent a lot of time collecting and interpreting official
6/5/15
What does it mean to strengthen our local food system? How do we care for each other and our children amid deepening economic and environmental stress? On a Saturday in May, an excited group of curious and committed parishioners and volunteers decided to answer these questions through joint action. On this delightfully warm and sunny afternoon, we gathered on the front steps of Old West Church,
5/26/15
As a young professional coming into the food justice movement, my intention for attending last year’s New England Food Summit was to seize an opportunity that, if not working for my former employer, I would have never had. You see, my background in this work is beginning to develop, but my life has always revolved around the impacts of systems that have (and still do) affect me, my family, and my
5/21/15
Cooperatives have long played an essential role in meeting the needs of communities, farmers, and food producers, by bringing together labor, capital, and people’s voices into creating essential goods and services. Cooperatives provide food infrastructure that is needed to feed our communities including milling, processing, preservation, storage, distribution, shipping, and stores. From the early
5/18/15
This post was originally published on Civil Eats by Vera Chang on May 11, 2015. The 'Milk with Dignity' campaign hopes to use the same tactics that have improved conditions for Florida tomato workers. In 2009, José Obeth Santiz Cruz, a 20 year-old farmworker from Chiapas, Mexico, had a fatal accident on a small dairy farm in Vermont. Cruz was working on his knees near a gutter scraper–a conveyor

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