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5/3/16
This piece was originally posted by Erica Housekeeper on UVM Food Feed . Nearly 30% of New England’s farmers are likely to exit farming over the next decade, and nine out of 10 of those farmers do not have someone else ready to take the reins, according to new analysis of U.S. Census of Agriculture data that was part of a study released this week by American Farmland Trust and Land For Good. In
4/25/16
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” -T. E. Lawrence, "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" As the Rev. Dave Ostendorf, then-Executive Director of the Center for New Community, wrote more
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,
2/8/16
This post was originally published on Maine Farmland Trust's blog . Four New American farmers have found a home at a 30-acre farm in Lewiston, thanks to help from Maine Farmland Trust . New Roots Cooperative Farm is a new enterprise founded by four graduates of Cultivating Community ’s New American Sustainable Agriculture Program (NASAP). The four farmers are Somali-Bantu refugees, and have been
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
1/7/16
Rhode Island The Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC) staff, Communications and Outreach Director Sumana Chintapalli and Network Director Leo Pollock , present a 2015 year in review 2015 was an exciting and fulfilling year for the RIFPC. It was a year of transition: they welcomed a new staff member , a new cohort of Work Group chairs, and launched a fifth Work Group centered around health and
1/4/16
New Hampshire The NH Food Alliance reflects on the tremendous amount of progress they have experienced in the Granite State food system in 2015. Shared the Viability Initiative The NH Food Alliance launched a comprehensive initiative focused on farm, fish, and food enterprise viability (Viability Initiative) in November 2015. As the first strategic effort of the NH Food Alliance, the Viability
12/31/15
As we look towards 2016, we are sharing a 3-part series featuring updates on the food systems work going on in each of the New England states. Maine Overall, there are many great trends to report in Maine related to food, farming and fisheries in 2015! Institutional Purchasing Maine’s colleges and institutions have been focusing on food in a big way in 2015. For example, the University of Maine
12/17/15
New farmers assembled the Arts Block in Greenfield, Massachusetts, on Dec. 12 from all over New England, New York state, and even Canada for the Northeast New Farmer Winter Gathering. Roughly 150 attendees arrived with enthusiasm and energy to participate in an anti-oppression training facilitated by representatives of Springfield-based Gardening the Community . Liz Wills-O’Gilvie and Tory Field
12/7/15
Re-posted from Bangor Daily News November 28, 2015 by Anthony Brino , Bangor Daily News staff. Biologist Jason Johnston and his colleagues at the University of Maine Presque Isle have long wondered why the school didn’t have an agronomy program, since it’s “right in the middle of Maine’s prime productive farmland.” Finally, after decades of young County men and women heading to the University of

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