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New England Food Summit : 2015

Delegates in discussions

The fifth annual New England Food Summit was held June 11-12, 2015 at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. The summit included a focus on racial equity in the food system, as well as the issue of fair price and what it might take to have economic justice across the food chain. 

There were ten delegations to this year’s summit:

  • State delegations from each of the six New England states
  • Emerging leaders delegation
  • Food Chain Workers delegation
  • Funders delegation
  • Crosscutting delegation including the FSNE Network Team, others working at the regional level, and individuals invited by the Ambassador Team to ensure more diversity reflecting the commitment to racial equity in the food system

This year we welcomed a new delegation:

The goal of including a food chain workers delegation is to bring the voices and perspectives of food chain workers, who play a vital but largely undervalued and underpaid role in the current food system and to incorporate their experiences, needs and aspirations into the Food Solutions New England vision, common agenda, shared metrics, communication and network composition. We are defining food chain workers as its defined by the Food Chain Workers Alliance, as those on the frontlines who do not own businesses (unless it's a worker-owned cooperative) and/or who do not employ others (so we include street vendors). This distinction is due to a power difference between those who hire and employ others and those who don't. FSNE is already working to increase more participation by family farmers and fisherman, and other “business owners” as part of the state and emerging leader delegations. 

View the 2015 Summit booklet here.

View the slides from the data presentation here and links to the inequality graphics on the Farm to Plate website here.

2015 Summit Delegates

Celina Adams, TWH Foundation

Ricardo Alavez Viveros, Grow Windham

Rose Albert, African Alliance of RhodeIsland

Ibrahim Ali, Gardening The Community

Erin Allgood, NH Food Alliance

Jonathan Alvarez, Pioneer Valley Worker Center

Ben Amsden, Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University

Molly Anderson, College of the Atlantic

Michael Araujo, ROC United

Mileika Arroyo, ROC United CT Member

Andrew Bahrenburg, University of Vermont

Ona Balkus, Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic

Karen Barker, Lakes Region Food Network

Amanda Beal, Maine Farmland Trust

Richard Berkfield, Food Connects

Linda Berlin, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Nicole Berube, CitySeed

Courtney Bourns, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

Kerry Bowie, MassDEP

Rebecca Brown, Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust

Sylvain Bukasa, Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success

Joanne Burke, UNH Sustainability Institute

Sarah Byrnes, New England Resilience and Transition Network

Amy Carrington, Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success

Vernia Carter, Progreso Latino

Liz Castle, CT Food Justice Corps

Jake Claro, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Clem Clay, Grow Food Northampton

Stacia Clinton, Health Care Without Harm

Cris Coffin, American Farmland Trust

Shayna Cohen, Karp Resources

David Colson, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)

Faye Conte, Hunger Free Vermont

Dorn Cox, Greenstart

Jackie Cullen, UNH Sustainability Institute

Mohamed Daud, Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success

Catlin Davis, Vermont Law School

Jessica del Rosario, Massachusetts Convergence Partnership

Jesse Delia, Common Ground High School, Urban Farm, and Environmental Education Center

Jeremy DeLisle, UNH Cooperative Extension

Sona Desai, Intervale Center

Kafi Dixon, Women of Color Cooperative

Jeannie Do, BCBSMA

Brian Donahue, Brandeis University

Niaz Dorry, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

Valentine Doyle, Lawson Valentine Foundation

Stevie DuFresne, Maine Farmland Trust/Unity Food Hub, LLC

Elsa Dure, RI Racial Equity in the Food System Ambassador Group

Kerry Ellington, Community Organizer New Haven

Tevonne Ellis, YMCA of Greater Hartford

Emma Enoch, Student at Sterling College

Claudia Espaillat, Farm Fresh RI

Elisabeth Farrell, UNH Sustainability Institute

Lisa Fernandes, The Resilience Hub

Marjie Findlay, Claneil Foundation

Colleen Flaherty, UNH Sustainability Institute

Kyle Foley, Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Aaron Frederick, Friends of the Presumpscot River

Julie Garay, F.R.E.S.H. New London

Marie Gilbert, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA)

Liz Gleason, Vermont Farm Viability Program

Ruth Goldman, Merck Family Fund

Thelma Gomez, Justicia Migrante/Migrant Justice

Subira Gordon, African American Affairs Commission

Shannon Grimes, Maine Farmland Trust

Thai Ha-Ngoc, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

Tommy Haas, TWH Foundation

John Hamilton, NH Community Loan Fund

Fulani M. Haynes, The Village for Education and Training

Kayleigh Hill, University of Rhode Island

Christoph Hinske, The Institute for Strategic Clarity

Lisa Holmes, CitySeed

Emily Horton, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Rafael Huerta, Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores (Community Worker Center) en New Bedford, MA

Ravdeep Jaidka, UNH Sustainability Institute

Christine James, The John Merck Fund

Jason Jarvis, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

Terry Johnson, Foundation for Healthy Communities

Ellen Kahler, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Sarah Kelley, Island Foundation

Tom Kelly, UNH Sustainability Institute

Andrew Kendall, Henry P. Kendall Foundation

Dawn King, Brown University/Rhode Island Food Policy Council

Ed King, Littleton Food Co-op

Julius Kolawole, African Alliance of Rhode Island

Sanne Kure-Jensen, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Rhode Island (NOFA/RI)

Heather LaPenn, Pioneer Valley Workers Center

Craig Lapine, Cultivating Community

John Lee, Allandale Farm

Josh Levin, Cambridge Public Health Department

Vina Lindley, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Deborah Linnell, van Beuren Charitable Foundation

Bevan Linsley, Island Commons

Ninya Loeppky, The John Merck Fund

Harol Lopez, Fuerza Laboral

Faith Lorde, Bridgeport Health Department

Abel Luna, Migrant Justice

Rachelle Lyons, Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University

Jessica Mahon, End Hunger CT!

Andrew Marshall, Land For Good, Inc

Jiff Martin, UConn Extension

Onelissa Martinez, Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Marilyn Martino, The Sudbury Foundation

Lisa Mase, Harmonized Cookery

William McCaffrey, Spring Rain Farm

Janet McLaughlin, Vermont Community Foundation

Lesly Medina, Groundwork Lawrence

Hannah Mellion, Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Senowa Mize-Fox, UE 203 -United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America/City Market

Spencer Montgomery, Slow Food

Marilyn Moore, Witness Project

Kendra Murray, SEMAP (Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership)

Valerie Nelson, Water Alliance

Meryl Nevins, Prospect Farm

Adeline Newbold, West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation

Ginger Nickerson, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Elizabeth Nikazmerad, UE Local 203

Jennifer Obadia, Health Care Without Harm

Curtis Ogden, Interaction Institute for Social Change

Amanda Parks, New England Fishmongers, Slow Food Seacoast

Maegan Parrott, At The Root

Kenneth Payne, Rhode Island Food Policy Council

Andrea Perry, Broad Reach Fund

Kevin Peterson, NH Charitable Foundation

Sven Pihl, CT Edible Ecosystems

Winton Pitcoff, MA Food System Plan

Leo Pollock, Rhode Island Food Policy Council

Ned Porter, ag hack

Jamie Pottern, Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

Stephanie Reusch, Southeastern MA Food Security Network

Jim Ritchie-Dunham, The Institute for Strategic Clarity

Monica Rivera, Pioneer Valley Workers Center

Johanna Rosen, Food Solutions New England

Nancy Ross, The Carrot Project

Annie Rowell, Sodexo

Jennifer Rushlow, Conservation Law Foundation

Jesse Rye, Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Georgina Sarpong, Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Scott Sawyer, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Synthia Scott-Mitchell, Springfield Food Policy Council

Sofia Segura-Perez, Hispanic Health Council

Hannah Semler, Healthy Acadia

Deborah Sheely, URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Jonathan Slason, Harlow Farm

Laura Smith, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

Theresa Snow, Salvation Farms

Andrea Solazzo, Vermont Foodbank

Anna Sommo, Cultivating Community

Joanne Soulouque, The Dimock Center

Karen Spiller, KAS Consulting

Josh Stoffel, Connecticut College

Racheal Stuart, Racheal L Stuart Consulting

Tanya Swain, Maine Food Strategy

Tiffany Torres, CT NOFA / FoodCorps

Sara Tower, New Lands Farm

Jose Ventura, Justicia Migrante/Migrant Justice

Daniel Wallace, Coastal Enterprises Inc (CEI)

Greg Watson, Schumacher Center for a New Economics

Patricia Wefald, Panta Rhea Foundation

Bart Westdijk, New England Grassroots Environment Fund

Robert Wild, Hartford Food System

Jennifer Wilhelm, NH Food Alliance

Monique Wrice, CABHN

Tara Zadeh, MA Department of Agricultural Resources

Ali Zipparo, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets