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6/8/15
Data analysis and visualization is one of the powerful tools we can use to understand and explain trends in food systems. There are many clues to changes underway in food systems, from anecdotes and stories that are relevant in our communities, to news analyses and documentaries that tackle big issues. Vermont’s Farm to Plate Initiative has spent a lot of time collecting and interpreting official
6/5/15
What does it mean to strengthen our local food system? How do we care for each other and our children amid deepening economic and environmental stress? On a Saturday in May, an excited group of curious and committed parishioners and volunteers decided to answer these questions through joint action. On this delightfully warm and sunny afternoon, we gathered on the front steps of Old West Church,
6/1/15
Hospital “Community Benefit” Activities Can Help Expand Access to Nutritious Foods Produced by Strong Local and Regional Food Systems On May 8, 2015, the Connecticut Food Policy Council convened a state-wide Summit to explore how a new federal regulatory development applicable to tax-exempt hospitals opens opportunities for hospital-community collaboration to strengthen food and nutrition
5/21/15
Cooperatives have long played an essential role in meeting the needs of communities, farmers, and food producers, by bringing together labor, capital, and people’s voices into creating essential goods and services. Cooperatives provide food infrastructure that is needed to feed our communities including milling, processing, preservation, storage, distribution, shipping, and stores. From the early
4/20/15
In July, the Boston Public Market will open on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston. Lots of cities have public markets – you might be familiar with Reading Terminal in Philadelphia, Pike Place in Seattle, or Chelsea Market in New York City. You might have visited a public market in cities around the world like Santiago, Chile, Modena, Italy, or Old Delhi, India. Public markets
4/9/15
PVGrows is hosting their 2015 Spring Forum on Wednesday, April 15th from 9:00-1:30pm, in Holyoke, MA on the topic of land access. Just as a house needs a strong foundation to support it over time, farmers need secure access to land to produce food. Land is the foundation of our food system. How does access to farmland fit into a vision of creating a healthy, resilient, and equitable food system?
4/6/15
Across Massachusetts, hospitals are emerging as partners for farmers markets, healthy corner store initiatives, and a variety of food access programs. Yes, that’s right, hospitals. As described in Health Care Without Harm’s report, Utilization of Community Benefits to Improve Healthy Food Access in Massachusetts , new IRS rules for tax-exempt hospitals are encouraging them to “ prevent illness,
3/26/15
Even in locally conscious Vermont, we are far too reliant on food grown and distributed outside of our region and decisions made outside of our control. This creates vulnerabilities for Vermont’s food system—how food is produced and distributed and all of the related components such as labor costs, farm viability, energy, financing, education, consumer demand, and food access. Vermont’s Farm to
3/19/15
Sometimes a single sentence says so much. Unpacking it takes up space and does not add an iota to the meaning that is already there. Here is one such sentence, a quote from “The Financial Page” of the February 9, 2015, New Yorker : “It’s hard for people to be fully engaged with customers when they’re worrying about how to food put food on the table.” The person being quoted is Mark Bertolini, CEO
3/5/15
Local Foods Plymouth: Our Mission Since 2006, Local Foods Plymouth (LFP) has been offering an alternative farmer’s market to the greater Plymouth, NH region. The mission of LFP is to connect local farmers and area residents in order to support local agriculture and community. This is accomplished through an online outlet offering locally made, raised, or grown products. LFP aims to encourage

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