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8/4/16
Just a few weeks after Food Solutions New England (FSNE)’s Summit VI in Bridgeport, Connecticut, I was lucky enough to attend the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders ' [1] (SAFSF) annual forum, held this year in Louisville, Kentucky. SAFSF’s stated mission is to, “create networking, educational, and collaboration opportunities for the philanthropic community working to support
7/28/16
How do we support community self-determination and sovereignty? It was a question that was posed at the Opening Plenary at CommonBound 2016 in Buffalo, NY. The conference, which ran from July 8-10, explored how we are creating a new economy and how this weaves into the struggles for climate justice, food justice, racial justice, economic justice, and more. This biennial conference started in 2012
7/25/16
The goals of getting food to those in need and operating a viable business could easily be at odds. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case. Here at Maine Farmland Trust , we’re finding ways to connect farmers, local food retailers, and low-income consumers—for the benefit of all. The major tool we’re applying to this effect is known as nutrition incentives. These are monetary bonuses
7/21/16
Fifteen delegates from multiple areas of the NH food system attended the 2016 New England Food Summit , organized by Food Solutions New England (FSNE), which was held June 8th and 9th in Bridgeport, Connecticut. During the Summit, the NH delegates had a chance to meet and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Granite State in the efforts to achieve the “50 by 60” New England Food
7/14/16
This summer Vermont’s colleges and universities are buzzing with inventive and hands-on learning that drives global food system solutions. The seven members of the Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium are continuing to expand their presence in the nationwide food systems movement, creating pacesetters to lead the charge in the way the nation sources, grows, processes, purchases,
7/11/16
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
7/7/16
“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
6/27/16
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
6/20/16
Food Solutions New England's 6th Annual New England Food Summit took place June 8th and 9th in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The New England Food Summits bring together delegates from across the six states of New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) to strengthen collaboration for regional food system sustainability. These working summits are designed
6/16/16
Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED, a collaboration of Shelburne Farms and NOFA-VT) will host its second annual Northeast Farm to School Institute , a year-long learning opportunity for schools to advance their initiatives in food, farm, and nutrition education while serving local products in cafeterias. With the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act (H.R. 5003) recently moved out of

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