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11/5/15
On Monday, October 26, the White House recognized 12 individuals from across the country as White House Champions of Change for Sustainable and Climate Smart Agriculture. UConn Extension’s Jiff Martin was selected as one of the recipients. These individuals were selected by the White House for their achievements and will be honored for exemplary leadership and innovation in agricultural
10/29/15
Comments being collected now The first complete draft of the Massachusetts Food System Plan was released on Friday, October 23. The plan is available for download at www.mafoodplan.org , and public comments on the draft will be accepted through November 6 . The plan is a comprehensive assessment identifying current strengths of the Commonwealth's food system and opportunities for improvement. "
10/22/15
Farmland access and transfer are among the biggest challenges for new and established farmers across New England. Maine Farmland Trust recently convened a conference to tackle some of the issues surrounding farmland access, in partnership with Land For Good and American Farmland Trust . The conference, held in New Gloucester, Maine on October 19, highlighted the obstacles and opportunities to
10/15/15
In a joint statement by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, it was confirmed that sustainability goals will not be incorporated into the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). It appears that the exclusion of these goals represents a missed opportunity to embark on a much needed, more holistic approach
10/12/15
Friends and supporters of local farming gathered in Hinsdale, New Hampshire this harvest season to celebrate the permanent protection of Wingate Farm . Olivia Pettengill, the new owner of the Farm, in partnership with her brother James, began the celebration by thanking the groups who worked together to conserve the farm: “We are incredibly fortunate to have access to this prime farmland and to
9/17/15
Newport, Rhode Island—mansions, yachts, fancy shops, and upscale restaurants and 70 percent of public school students living below poverty level. A surprising dichotomy, and one indicative of another problem facing more than 150,000 Rhode Islanders—food insecurity. In the U. S., more than 15 percent of people, almost 50 million, don’t know from where and when their next meal will come, and
7/23/15
This post was originally published by Bill Duesing on June 29, 2015. View the original post here . There has been remarkable positive movement toward growing food for people near where they live, which is often called agroecology. Methods used in this local, healthy and sustainable food system model maximize use of local resources, including sun and waste products and minimize use of fossil fuels
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,
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?

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