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11/23/16
As a Mohegan tribal member, I grew up attending festivals and events that centered around indigenous food, such as the Green Corn Festival, Succotash Time, and summer powwows throughout New England. Many of our traditional stories also relate to food. Tales of Moshup the giant, and his wife, Granny Squannit, the leader of the Little People, emphasize land and sea. This is important because many
11/10/16
This post was originally published October 26, 2016 on Feeding America’s website . Never at a loss for fun ways to highlight good work, chefs at the New Hampshire Food Bank paired up with the Manchester Community Farmers Market this season to encourage people to embrace “the Uglies.” Food banks have always accepted ‘salvage’, non-perishable food that is of high quality and safe for human
11/3/16
By Elodie Reed, Concord Monitor staff Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Food is an undeniable key ingredient to political campaigns. It lent the setting (and sustenance) for Donald Trump’s January Red Arrow Diner stop in Manchester, where he now has a cheeseburger named after him. It gave a fun twist to Hillary Clinton’s 2015 swing by the Moo’s Place dairy bar in Derry, where she ordered a kiddie-sized
10/6/16
For those of us working to make the food system more just and sustainable, the idea that we might encounter a problem or two along the way is so obvious and banal that it doesn’t merit mention. Clearly there are barriers, chasms even, that stand in the way; otherwise we wouldn’t need to do this work. But the notion that we grapple with wicked problems brings in an entirely new dimension to our
9/29/16
This post originally appeared on the Transition Wayland blog . To read other posts in this series, click here and scroll down. All the folks in my household enjoyed the Omnivore's Delight Diet Challenge. Turns out we didn't have to change our eating habits much - only our shopping habits. Still it was an interesting and inspiring exercise that can take the dread out of changing one's food culture
9/27/16
This post, written by Maria Buteux Reade, was reposted from Vermont Farm to Plate Features . A group of farmers gather in a pasture and stare intently at a young man struggling to push a long probe deep into the ground. He shakes his head sheepishly and hands off the penetrometer to the next volunteer. No luck for her either. The host farmer steps forward and states matter-of-factly, “That’s what
9/6/16
This story was originally posted on Land For Good's website August 19, 2016. Last week, the four Somali Bantu farmers of New Roots Cooperative Farm , broke ground at their new 30 acre farm on the northside of Lewiston, Maine. This is a dream come true for New Roots and for the Somali community in Lewiston and Maine. The four farmer-owners of New Roots—Mohamed Abukar, Batula Ismail, Seynab Ali,
9/1/16
By Elodie Reed, Concord Monitor staff Tuesday, August 30, 2016 New Hampshire has lost 16 percent of its dairy farms in just eight months, and Stew Yeaton is worried his might be next. Yeaton, who runs the fifth-generation Yeaton Farm in Epsom with his brother Bill, said prolonged low milk prices, combined with this summer’s drought, have made for tough times. “We should have cut this field a
8/25/16
On Tuesday, August 9 the Maine Food Strategy, a statewide initiative to create a stronger and more broadly connected food system, released the Framework: A tool for advancing food systems in Maine . This document is based on years of input from stakeholders across many platforms who identified priorities particularly important to the future of Maine’s food system. The Framework offers a model to
8/12/16
How we built a stunningly beautiful community garden in 100 days When I think back to how we decided to build a first community garden in Newport, it seems that it really began at the moment Mrs. O took the microphone at Aquidneck Community Table ’s second Food Summit in 2015. The group of people gathered had just watched Ron Finley's TED Talk and now we were talking about growing more food on

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