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2/17/17
In the spirit of the Summit, which was meant to be driven by and for all Rhode Islanders, we developed this post as a group, with multiple individuals contributing their voices and reflections. Rhode Island’s first Food System Summit brought together participants from across the state food scene: farmers to composters, fishermen to researchers, state representatives to food enthusiasts. With
1/10/17
The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success ( ORIS ) has been operating and developing their New American Sustainable Agricultural Program ( NASAP ) since 2012, primarily running their training program out of their Dunbarton Fresh Start Farms location along with a few other sites. After five years of operations, which resulted in significant soil building and infrastructure, we have
1/5/17
The Skinny Pancake and Vermont PBS are pleased to announce The Local Motive , a new, six- part television series that explores Vermont’s Farm to Plate food system, the most comprehensive local food system plan in the country. The Local Motive will air on Vermont PBS starting in January, 2017. The project is a collaboration between The Skinny Pancake , Vermont PBS , and Jaime Williams of Von Dier
12/8/16
The Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society is leading an effort to develop technology and infrastructure to help farmers keep growing year-round in Maine. Their Sustainable Year Round Agriculture (SYRA) project is connecting Maine ’ s agricultural economy with the manufacturing sector and energy developers to address farm infrastructure needs.The project goals include the creation new year-round
10/6/16
For those of us working to make the food system more just and sustainable, the idea that we might encounter a problem or two along the way is so obvious and banal that it doesn’t merit mention. Clearly there are barriers, chasms even, that stand in the way; otherwise we wouldn’t need to do this work. But the notion that we grapple with wicked problems brings in an entirely new dimension to our
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
8/12/16
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
8/9/16
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

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