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Race, Equity, & Social Justice

4/30/15
A quiet revolution is astir in Vermont. Food systems education, practical agricultural experience, entrepreneurship, and inspiration have blended into an elixir for community revitalization. Advancing food justice, environmental sustainability, public policy, and resiliency, the Vermont Food Systems Study Tour runs May 31-June 20. The Tour invites students to discover the future of food in three
4/9/15
PVGrows is hosting their 2015 Spring Forum on Wednesday, April 15th from 9:00-1:30pm, in Holyoke, MA on the topic of land access. Just as a house needs a strong foundation to support it over time, farmers need secure access to land to produce food. Land is the foundation of our food system. How does access to farmland fit into a vision of creating a healthy, resilient, and equitable food system?
3/19/15
Sometimes a single sentence says so much. Unpacking it takes up space and does not add an iota to the meaning that is already there. Here is one such sentence, a quote from “The Financial Page” of the February 9, 2015, New Yorker : “It’s hard for people to be fully engaged with customers when they’re worrying about how to food put food on the table.” The person being quoted is Mark Bertolini, CEO
3/17/15
With full disclosure, I admit it. It is 17 days in to Food Solutions New England's Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge . I didn’t take on a new reading each day as I had envisioned, nor did I write, tweet, or blog nearly enough. But this opportunity to read, reflect, and engage with others who may share my opinions or who may have differing opinions, has made me think that there are far more
3/12/15
About half-way into FSNE's 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge , there have been some very interesting learnings, discussions, and reflections offered up via the Forum , Facebook event page , and Twitter ( #FSNEEquityChallenge ). I am heartened and hopeful that all of this is helping to normalize the conversation about race and racism and to galvanize strategies and actions for
3/9/15
As an Ambassador, I have had an abundance of opportunities to share the mission of Food Solutions New England (FSNE) in Connecticut; Dr. King's birthday and Black History Month led the way introducing conversations on race, our responsibilities as people of color during racially challenging times, and how we move forward. The 21-Day Challenge is a continuation of those conversations. As an
3/2/15
Why the Struggle of Family Fishermen, Fishworkers, and Allies Matters to Me Seeking a quiet spot to talk while away on family vacation, my sister and I sit cross-legged on a gravel driveway. We’re sweaty and attracting a swarm of mosquitoes. She listens as I describe unknown variables in my decision making algorithm, “ I know and am concerned about factory farming and agribusiness but I don’t
2/5/15
Local food movements are trending across the country. For some, it’s the next “in” thing to do, but for many Vermonters, supporting local agriculture has been a way of life long before it was trendy. So where does the term “food system” fit in when talking about local food? Everyone from academics to government officials are referring more to food systems when discussing sustainable agriculture,
1/19/15
One of the gifts of MLK Day is the opportunity to reflect on how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy can inspire our work for social justice. I say social justice because the work that I do is rooted in sustainability, and social justice is core to the concept regardless of whether I engage it through food systems, climate change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem health, or cultural health
1/15/15
Each year, The Food Project welcomes participants from all around the United States to participate in their Winter Institute. Attendees of the Institute learn how to create a successful model to empower youth and strengthen communities through growing and distributing healthy, sustainable food. The Institute also connects youth workers and sustainable growers from around the country to share

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