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This was originally published on the Collective Impact Blog by David Phillips . Welcome to the first in a series of conversations with experienced backbone leaders! (see this blog post describing the series.) In this chat, we’ll hear from Ellen Kahler , Executive Director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) since 2005. For the past five years, VSJF has served as the backbone for Vermont
“You have to be patient, develop trust, and have people go with you.” These were words from Karen Masterson, co-owner of Johnny’s Luncheonette in Newton, MA as she talked about what it takes to align her business with the aspirations of the New England Food Vision . “I’ve been chasing after local vegetables for 13 years. Some small operations cannot afford to do this.” Masterson offered both
Food Solutions New England hosted the 6 th in a series of Regional Food Summits in Bridgeport, CT on June 8–9, 2016. This two-day event featured more than 180 delegates from the six New England states working across the food system. Planners, farmers and farm workers, chefs, funders, government officials, and students came together for discussions on topics including food recovery, policy,
Mobilizing Movement: Trailblazer decides to take action from inspiring directives at 2016 Summit Food Solutions New England hosted the 6 th in a series of Regional Food Summits in Bridgeport, CT on June 8–9, 2016. This two-day event featured more than 180 delegates from the six New England states working across the food system. Planners, farmers and farm workers, chefs, funders, government
This post originally appeared on the Conservation Law Foundation blog on June 24, 2016 for #PollinatorWeek. Following in the footsteps of President Obama’s Pollinator Research Action Plan , several states have proposed bills to study why bees are dying off in such alarming numbers. But no state has taken direct action to curb the use of neonicotinoids (a class of pesticides that has been linked
Featured image of UMass Amherst Dining courtesy of the Kendall Foundation.