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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
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

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