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2/22/16
This post was originally published on the Conservation Law Foundation's blog . CLF launched its Legal Services Food Hub with one goal in mind: keeping New England’s food producers in business. A year and a half into this new program, we are delighted to announce that the Hub has crossed a major threshold in its mission to achieve this goal: we placed our 100 th case and crossed the half million
2/18/16
Genuine Local hosts Grand Opening Celebration On January 25, 2016 Genuine Local , a new kitchen and culinary incubator space for food entrepreneurs, opened its doors at The Arts Collaborative in Meredith, NH, turning former warehouse space into a specialty food production facility. Genuine Local's mission is simply to help local food entrepreneurs succeed. In order to do that, Genuine Local has
2/15/16
This post was originally published on the Local Futures Blog . It’s almost sugaring time here in Vermont. On our homestead we tap about 25 trees, boil down the sap on the kitchen cookstove, and – in a good year – end up with 4 or 5 gallons of maple syrup. That may sound like a lot, but since it represents our family’s main source of sweetener it’s rarely enough to get us through the year. By mid-
2/11/16
New Hampshire-based nonprofit, Families in Transition (FIT), is working to ensure that Manchester, New Hampshire’s homeless and at-risk families can develop long-term health and wellness. And, they are building that foundation literally from the ground up. To provide immediate hunger relief and comprehensive nutrition and cooking education to some of Manchester’s most vulnerable populations,
2/8/16
This post was originally published on Maine Farmland Trust's blog . Four New American farmers have found a home at a 30-acre farm in Lewiston, thanks to help from Maine Farmland Trust . New Roots Cooperative Farm is a new enterprise founded by four graduates of Cultivating Community ’s New American Sustainable Agriculture Program (NASAP). The four farmers are Somali-Bantu refugees, and have been
2/4/16
Beyond Eating Locally. Investing Locally. Beginning in the fall, the Pioneer Valley Grows Investment Fund (PVGrows Fund) opened its doors for community members to invest in a portfolio of local farm and food businesses and provide them with the financing and technical assistance they need to succeed. The PVGrows Fund, administered by the Franklin County Community Development Corporation (FCCDC)
2/1/16
This post was originally published on the New Hampshire Food Alliance website . The New Hampshire Food Alliance is excited to announce the The Farm, Fish, and Food Enterprise Viability Initiative . This initiative entails several areas of opportunity where the network can create conditions that will lead to more profitable and sustainable farm, fish, and food enterprises including Education, Land
1/28/16
In 2014 a pilot Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program was launched at the Capitol: three neighboring farms from Lebanon, CT -- Sweet Acre Farm , Beltane Farm , and M&K Dairy -- came together to offer shares of their produce to Legislative Office Building (LOB) employees through a CSA program. Members at the capitol purchased shares of pesticide-free fresh vegetables and flowers,
1/21/16
2015 Farm to Plate Annual Report reviews progress and challenges facing Vermont’s food system from economic, social and environmental perspectives Increases in local food consumption, jobs, and overall economic activity in the farm and food sector over the past five years are highlighted in the 2015 Farm to Plate Annual Report , released January 20, 2106 by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. 2016
1/14/16
The New Year has just arrived and a topic that should be on everyone’s radar is GMO labeling. After last year’s announcement of the release of MA-based biotech company, Aquabounty’s, genetically engineered (GMO) salmon and the push for a watered down voluntary federal standard, the issue of state-led GMO labeling continues to be a top priority. So... Let’s talk GMO labeling initiatives. We have a

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