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6/2/16
The Maine Grain Alliance is proud to celebrate the 10 th annual Kneading Conference on July 28 & 29, 2016, at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds. In its 10 th year, the Kneading Conference reflects on the last decade in local grain by welcoming Amy Halloran, author of The New Bread Basket : How the New Crop of Grain Growers, Plant Breeders, Millers, Maltsters, Bakers, Brewers, and Local Food
5/19/16
The New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network , hosted by Farm to Institution New England (FINE), has officially launched, and interested individuals can now sign up and get involved! This is a great opportunity for anyone involved in the campus food system in New England to take part in an exciting new collaborative network. The mission of this network is to build a community of higher
5/3/16
This piece was originally posted by Erica Housekeeper on UVM Food Feed . Nearly 30% of New England’s farmers are likely to exit farming over the next decade, and nine out of 10 of those farmers do not have someone else ready to take the reins, according to new analysis of U.S. Census of Agriculture data that was part of a study released this week by American Farmland Trust and Land For Good. In
4/28/16
The phrase “privilege is blind” is one I think about often. I’m participating in Food Solutions New England’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge for the second year because I need to see beyond the blinders of my experience. I recognize that a person of color would not have to set an intention to learn about racial injustice and equity; it is their lived experience. As a white person, raised in white
4/21/16
The farmer; she is the reason why we eat The farmer; she is the reason She’s got no time to be at the table We lose her voice because she is too busy With dirt between her nails The dirt between her nails and the holes in her jeans And so her voice is lost But she tries because she has something to say And the hungry to feed Something to say of the plight and of her food – your food She wants to
4/4/16
This post originally appeared on the Gulf of Maine Research Institute blog . When you think about cafeteria food, you probably think of mystery meat and instant mashed potatoes. Most of us grew up waiting listlessly in line for a scoop of the lunch “special”, which was usually anything but. Today’s lunch trays, however, bear little resemblance to the meals we remember. Institutions are catering
3/24/16
Saturday, March 12, 2016 marked a day when farming and fishing advocates gathered at Washington Academy in East Machias to discuss ways to strengthen Washington County’s food system. Based on survey feedback from participants, many people came away with inspiration and connections; exactly what Healthy Acadia and the Washington County Community Food Council had hoped would happen. “The big
3/17/16
Partnering with the Massachusetts Hospital Association and Health Care Without Harm, these hospitals are forging new paths for prevention-based healthcare The New England Healthy Food in Health Care program works with over 150 hospitals and other health care facilities across New England to support the development of a sustainable regional food system. These efforts are in close alignment with
3/14/16
Over 40 young adults from across the U.S. and Canada recently graduated from the Holstein Foundation ’s ninth Young Dairy Leaders Institute class, with Phase III being held February 24-27 in Phoenix, Arizona. Amanda Freund of Freund’s Farm in East Canaan and Stacey Stearns of UConn Extension in Storrs both participated. Building on the skills they learned during their first meeting last February
3/10/16
Should fishermen be the face of climate change? This was one of the more compelling questions posed at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockland on March 4. It’s an interesting posit with many implications. For anyone in and around the industry, the answer is pretty straightforward. Fishermen are on the frontlines of how climate change impacts fisheries around the world. Along with researchers,

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