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12/14/15
This post was originally published on Farm to Institution New England's blog . New England Producers are Gaining Approval to Sell Local Food to Big Institutional Buyers Lately, we've heard about a number of new farm to institution ties that are making local food more readily available to schools, colleges, hospitals and other institutions in New England. In response, Farm To Institution New
12/3/15
Almost a decade ago, Abenaki scholar and paleoethnobotanist Fred Wiseman started working with Abenaki communities as part of the documentation process for federal tribal recognition. While he was in these communities, Wiseman noticed crops that had long been thought to have disappeared growing on the hillsides. It led him to start the Seeds of Renewal Project. As part of the project, he has
11/30/15
This post was originally published on Farm to Institution New England's blog . This year, our focus has been on four major projects: our Farm & Sea to Campus Project, the collaborative Maine Food for the UMaine System, our Shared Metrics Project, and our Food Service Action Project. We've also continued convening people, raising money for farm to institution, facilitating connects, and
11/26/15
On this Thanksgiving, there is indeed much to be grateful for, yet on a day so focused on food and family, it is hard to escape the fact, nor should we remain comfortable with the reality, that nearly one in seven Americans reports being food insecure, meaning that they are unable to consistently meet their food needs. Feeding America has an interactive site that provides critical information
11/19/15
For the past 10 years, University of Maine students have been fed by a giant corporate food distributor. If Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative wins the next contract, they’ll send millions of dollars to local farmers and fishermen instead. Imagine university students across the state of Maine sitting down to eat local vegetables harvested two days ago at Jordan’s Farm; and fish caught by local
11/12/15
With the interest in local food booming, the NH Food Alliance is answering the call for more connection and collaboration within the Granite State food system. On Tuesday, November 17 th the NH Food Alliance will convene a statewide gathering with new and existing network participants to share its forthcoming publication of the Farm, Fish, and Food Enterprise Viability Initiative, celebrate the
11/2/15
Julius Kolawole has a plan to “bring the ocean to the desert.” Or at least the fish. The desert, in this case, is a “food desert,” places defined by the USDA as “urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food” which “have no food access or are served only by fast food restaurants and convenience stores that offer few healthy, affordable food
10/29/15
Comments being collected now The first complete draft of the Massachusetts Food System Plan was released on Friday, October 23. The plan is available for download at www.mafoodplan.org , and public comments on the draft will be accepted through November 6 . The plan is a comprehensive assessment identifying current strengths of the Commonwealth's food system and opportunities for improvement. "
10/26/15
On Tuesday, October 20, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new Farm to School Census data confirming the multiple benefits of farm to school programs for kids, communities, and farmers. These early results from the latest Farm to School Census provide data on the 2013-2014 school year. Early Results Are In – and Positive! Census data confirms that farm to school
10/15/15
In a joint statement by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, it was confirmed that sustainability goals will not be incorporated into the 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). It appears that the exclusion of these goals represents a missed opportunity to embark on a much needed, more holistic approach

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