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New England Food Summit : 2013

The New England Food Summits, convened by Food Solutions New England, bring together delegates from across New England to strengthen  collaboration for regional food system sustainability.

These action-oriented, working summits are designed to build upon ongoing regional efforts and to clarify regional priorities and action items that we can undertake most effectively together. A regional steering committee is asked to select and invite 10-12 delegates from each New England state. Invitations are extended to stakeholders from across the food system – from agriculture to food environment to nutrition and health to those focused on social justice aspects of our food system. In addition, a delegation comprised of crosscutting representatives who are working for regionally-based organizations or agencies are also invited. The first summit was held March 2011 in Portsmouth, NH and the second summit was held in June 2012 in Burlington, VT. This year's summit was held in June in Portland, ME.

The goals of the 2013 summit included:

  • Developing a shared understanding of the purpose and value of the FSNE network and providing design input to ensure that the network adds tangible benefit to their individual and collective efforts at the local, state and regional levels;
  •  Identifying collaborative and complementary actions within and across states that will promote more sustainable local, state and regional food systems;
  • Developing a shared understanding of how the New England Food Vision can be used as an aspirational vision and scenario tool to enhance food system work at all levels.

View the 2013 Summit booklet here. 

2013 Summit Delegates

Robin Alden, Penobscot East Resource Center

Kate Yerxa, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Mark Lapping, University of Southern Maine

Margaret Sova Mccabe, UNH School of Law / UNH Sustainability Institute

Deborah Felder

Barbara Ives, Maine Food Strategy

Barbara Wauchope, UNH Carsey Institute

Elisabeth Farrell, UNH Sustainability Institute

Mary Praus, Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Curt Grimm, Carsey Institute

John Jemison, University of Maine

Winton Pitcoff, NOFA/Mass and MA Maple Producers Association

Sean Bowen, MA Department of Agricultural Resources

Enid Wonnacott, NOFA-VT

Vivien Morris, Boston Public Health Commission

Joshua Wiersma, Xi Northeast Fishery Sector Inc

Christine James, The John Merck Fund

Abbey Willard, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets

Barbara Ginley, Maine Migrant Health Program

Kyle Molton, Office of Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Linda Berlin, UVM Center For Sustainable Agriculture

Rachel Greenberger, Food Sol At Babson College

Rebecca Brown, Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust

Sam Stegeman, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture / PVGrows

Helen Costello, New Hampshire Food Bank

Martha Page, Hartford Food System

Elaine Vandyke, Children's Alliance Board Member

Erin Cinelli, Farmers' Gate Market

Curtis Ogden, Interaction Institute for Social Change

Jiff Martin, UConn Extension

Jennifer Rushlow, Conservation Law Foundation

Molly Anderson, College of The Atlantic

Ray Conner, NOFA-NH

Charmaine Craig, Knox Parks

Andy Radin, University of Rhode Island

Jolinda Laclair, VT Agency of Agriculture

Kathryn Ruhf, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

Melina Packer, RI Food Policy Council

Jill Arace, Vermont Association of Conservation Districts

Christa Drew, Mass Food Policy Council Advisory Committee

Steve Crawford, NH Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food

Henry Talmage, CT Farm Bureau

Kenneth Payne, RI Agricultural Partnership

Jessica Boynton, UNH Sustainability Institute

Carol Pickering, Dietel Partners

Olivia Saunders, UNH Cooperative Extension

Kathleen Carroll, UMass Extension

Helen Drew 

Ryan Mackay, Lilac Hedge Farm

Jamie Cruz, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation

David Boynton, Seacoast Local

Ben Amsden, Center For Rural Partnerships at PSU

Elizabeth Kennett,

Lawrence Williams, Jessie D Inc

Tess Brown-Lavoie, Sidewalk Ends Farm

Emily Broad-Leib, Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic

Nicole Berube, Cityseed

Courtney Bourns, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

Ivy Frignoca

Andrew Kendall, Henry P Kendall Foundation

Sarah Waring, Center for an Agricultural Economy

Kenneth Ayars, RI Division of Agriculture

Monique Coombs, Penobscot East Resource Center

Ruth Goldman, Merck Family Fund

Eileen Hochberg, CT NOFA

Sean Mahoney, Conservation Law Foundation

Meribeth Ratzel, Fishing Locally Collaborative

Brian Donahue, Brandeis University

Sarah Kelley, Island Foundation

Ann Ferris, University of CT Health Center

Bryan Hurlburt, Farm Service Agency

Ned Porter, Wholesome Wave

Malcolm Burson, Conservation Law Foundation

John Rebar, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

John Harker, Maine Department of Agriculture

Erin Hardie Hale, Food Solutions New England

Lauren Johnston, Food Solutions New England

Colleen Flaherty, UNH Sustainability Institute

Tom Kelly, UNH Sustainability Institute

Lisa Fernandes, The Resilience Hub

Ted Ames, Penobscot East Resource Center

Jackie Furlone, UNH Sustainability Institute

Amanda Beal 

Peter Allison, Farm to Institution New England

Stacy Burnstein, Castanea

Joanne Burke, University of New Hampshire

Melissa Spear, Common Ground

Julie Conroy, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Cris Coffin, American Farmland Trust

Britt Lundgren, Stonyfield Farm

Jeff Cole, Mass Farmers Markets

Raegan Larochelle, Maine Food Producers Alliance

Erik Chapman, UNH Cooperative Extension/NH Sea Grant

Travis Marcotte, Intervale Center

Meghan Sheradin, Vermont Fresh Network

Sheila Deming Brush, Grow Smart Rhode Island

Gemma Gorham, RI Food Policy Council and Brown University

John Hamilton, NH Community Loan Fund

Ellen Kahler, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

Erica Campbell, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund / Farm to Plate

Marilyn Moore, Witness Project of CT, Inc

Steven Munno, Massaro Community Farm

Roger Noonan, New England Farmers Union

Ellen Cynar, City of Providence, Healthy Communities Office

Megan Camp, Shelburne Farms

Craig Hickman, Annabessacook Farm

Colleen Smith, State of NH

Thai Ha-Ngoc, Henry P Kendall Foundation

Nicole Meyers, Henry P Kendall Foundation

Sofia Segura Perez, Hispanic Health Council

Anthony Munene, Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success

Karen Spiller, Boston Collaborative For Food and Fitness

Karen Murchison 

Ellen Parker, Project Bread

Steven Reviczky, Connecticut Department of Agriculture

Dorn Cox, Greenstart

Tanya Swain, Maine Food Strategy Initiative

Andrew Marshall, Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association

Jeff Nichols, Maine Department of Marine Resources

Walter Whitcomb, ME Department of Agriculture

Leo Pollock, Southside Community Land Trust