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11/25/18
The following letter to the editor from Food Solutions New England was published in the Boston Globe in response to their recent editorial on the future of food. Thanks to the Globe Ideas section for highlighting the future of food, a subject that demands all of our attention. The editorial “Embrace the future of American food — in three easy steps” illustrates just how much is at stake. In a
9/9/18
Today's post is from our friends at Real Pickles! Come visit them (and Food Solutions New England) at the upcoming Boston Local Food Festival on September 16th! ------------ As you may know, here at Real Pickles we are deeply committed to buying our vegetables only from Northeast family farms and selling our products only within the Northeast . One way in which we are able to achieve this, and in
4/3/18
I am guilty. I am guilty of drinking fair trade and organic coffee out of mason jars. I am guilty of supporting farm-to-table restaurants owned by white folks in communities of color. I am guilty of being one of the few people of color at the farmer's markets while the other patrons stare at my Afro-Latina looks in disbelief that I can afford and want to buy fresh produce. I am guilty of being
2/2/18
The Monadnock Farm & Community Coalition (MFCC) has announced the launch of a new resource for Coalition partners and community members: a visual and narrative portfolio depicting the array of work people in the Monadnock Region are doing around issues of local food and the ways these individuals experience, relate with, and find meaning in the work. The photographic and written depictions,
12/18/17
The Boston Public Market (BPM) celebrated the grand opening of its newest vendor, FoodCares Urban Market , on November 1 st , 2017. Lead by Baraka Community Wellness Founder and prominent local health advocate, Raheem Baraka , the urban farm aggregate sells fruits, vegetables, and value-added products from a variety of Boston-area growers and small businesses. BPM welcomed Baraka’s latest non-
12/12/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 6 OF 6 The Power of Institutions to Change the Food System New England schools, hospitals, and institutions of higher education serve approximately 3.8 million people every day and spend hundreds of millions of dollars on food and beverage each year. Increasingly, these institutions are
11/21/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 5 of 6 Over the past several weeks, this blog series has presented data on the K-12, college, and hospital sectors in New England and has provided information on shared language, operational characteristics, and purchasing trends as they affect farm to institution activity. Understanding
11/8/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 4 of 6 As interest in local food procurement increases at the institutional level, purchasers are reaching out to some of New England's 35,000 farms to help supply them with local product [1]. According to data collected by FINE and our partners, institutions are buying a variety of items
10/30/17
This installment was originally posted on the Farm to Institution New England (FINE) blog . INSTALLMENT NO. 3 OF 6 Schools, institutions of higher education and hospitals in New England spend hundreds of millions of dollars on food and beverages annually. Institutions have the potential to significantly impact regional economies and communities by using their tremendous purchasing power to invest
10/25/17
This post originally appeared on Vermont Farm to Plate Features . When you ask people their definition of the Vermont food economy, they’ll often talk about farms, farmers’ markets or CSAs. What’s often missing from the conversation are the supply chain of local businesses such as distributors, food processors and manufacturers, and seed, feed, and equipment dealers. Vermont’s local food economy

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