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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
8/11/16
This piece was originally posted by Erica Houskeeper on UVM Food Feed . A new research report from Farm to Institution New England (FINE) surveyed food distributors to gather their perspectives on institutional demand for local products and identify the challenges and opportunities they face in serving this segment of the food market. The report—the first publication in a series of FINE research
8/9/16
This post was originally published on the UNH Sustainability Institute blog . This past Friday, July 29, I had the pleasure of visiting Rhode Island to gain a better understanding of the food landscape within the state. During a whirlwind twelve hours, I held four interviews with representatives from across the Rhode Island food system and, with the help of my tour guide Ken Payne, visited seven
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

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