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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
7/28/16
How do we support community self-determination and sovereignty? It was a question that was posed at the Opening Plenary at CommonBound 2016 in Buffalo, NY. The conference, which ran from July 8-10, explored how we are creating a new economy and how this weaves into the struggles for climate justice, food justice, racial justice, economic justice, and more. This biennial conference started in 2012
7/11/16
This was originally published on the Collective Impact Blog by David Phillips . Welcome to the first in a series of conversations with experienced backbone leaders! (see this blog post describing the series.) In this chat, we’ll hear from Ellen Kahler , Executive Director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) since 2005. For the past five years, VSJF has served as the backbone for Vermont
6/20/16
Food Solutions New England's 6th Annual New England Food Summit took place June 8th and 9th in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The New England Food Summits bring together delegates from across the six states of New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) to strengthen collaboration for regional food system sustainability. These working summits are designed
6/9/16
Food Solutions New England is hosting the 6 th in a series of Regional Food Summits in Bridgeport, CT on June 8–9, 2016. This two-day event will feature more than 180 delegates from the six New England states working across the food system. Planners, farmers and farm workers, chefs, funders, government officials, and students will come together for discussions on topics including food recovery,

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