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3/3/16
The Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC) kicked off the New Year with an organizational retreat in January 2016 at the beautiful Save the Bay center. We welcomed six new members and planned for the year ahead. This year marks the third year of the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act (LASA) grants program, an innovative public-private partnership that provides needed and sought after funds to
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
2/11/16
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,
2/4/16
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,
1/25/16
This post was originally published on Farm to Institution New England's blog . Case Study Series Highlights Local Seafood at Colleges, Schools & a Hospital in New England Photo: Chef Wendy and Frances Moore Lappe teaching students during a cooking class on campus. Courtesy of Colby College. At institutions throughout New England, dining staff are beginning to look to the sea as another source
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
1/11/16
NESAWG’s 2015 It Takes A Region Conference This post was originally published on NESAWG's News . At our 2014 Conference, our keynote speaker, Jim Hightower said, "NESAWG, you put move in the movement!" And then he told us several ways we could do that better. For our 2015 It Takes a Region Conference , we took up Hightower's challenge and made his words our theme. We looked across movements and

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