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10/11/19
Guest post by Curtis Ogden of the Interaction Institute for Social Change “Nothing about us without us is for us.” South African slogan “What is missing from the policy analyst’s tool kit – and from the set of accepted, well-developed theories of human organization – is an adequately specified theory of collective action whereby a group of principals can organize themselves voluntarily to retain
9/15/19
Guest post by Cathy Stanton, resident of North-central Massachusetts Even here in the bluest of states, there were splotches of red in the 2016 election, and our store is in a town in one of those splotches. This week, voters resoundingly defeated a tax override that would have kept town functions going at their already-less-than-minimal level. Now we’re looking at further cuts in services,
4/22/19
We are honored to offer this guest post for this year's 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge by John Fisk, Director of Strategy and Partnerships at the Wallace Center . What does it mean to center racial equity and inclusion in our work? For us, a national level organization seeking to shift our food system, the answer is a journey, both a personal and organizational one. When the Wallace Center was
4/16/19
Guest blog by Renee Brooks Catacalos, author of The Chesapeake Table, Your Guide to Eating Local When I took over Edible Chesapeake magazine in 2006, I made a conscious decision to include my photo with the publisher’s letter each quarter. I wanted to be recognizable, and not just because I’ve always dreamt of being a minor local celebrity. Frankly, I knew that sustainable agriculture was an
4/5/19
Our food system is built on stolen land and exploited labor. Here’s what we can do to fix it. Guest blog by Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, New York. Racism is built into the DNA of the United States’ food system. It began with the genocidal theft of land from First Nations people, and continued with the kidnapping of my ancestors from the shores of West Africa. Under the brutality of
2/26/19
Unlocking Our Food Systems Change Capacity: A Network Leadership Retreat May 7-10, 2019 University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire Are you a local, regional, or national network leader looking to increase systems-level collaboration for food systems change? Eager to connect with fellow network leaders, learn new skills, and challenge old ways of thinking? Then join the Wallace Center’s
1/15/19
New England Food System Capacity-Building Project : Building Capacity for Food System Transformation Call for Co-Creation Team Members Apply by January 29. Notification by February 5. If you are passionate about racial equity in the food system, how we tell our stories, and democratic empowerment and participatory leadership, please consider applying for a spot on this short-term team! Please
1/15/19
This article, by Curtis Ogden, orginally appeared on the IISC blog. “We are the living conduit to all life. When we contemplate the vastness of the interwoven network that we are tied to, our individual threads of life seem far less fragile.” – Sherri Mitchell, from Sacred Instructions Photo by Marie Voegtli, “network” shared under provisions of Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0. Last week
10/12/18
Editor's Note: Now, in October, we are at the midpoint between the 2018 and 2019 Racial Equity Challenges. Food Solutions New England has been organizing this challenge for four years as an engagement project across food system networks. Though originally intended for our own regional New England network, the Challenge has stretched its wings out over all of the US; this past year we had more
9/25/18
As part of our mission to strengthen our regional food system network, Food Solutions New England (FSNE) launches the third year of its Network Leadership Institute this week with an inspiring new cohort of participants ! Drawn from more than eighty applicants, this year's cohort of nineteen individuals is comprised of food system practictioners from all six New England states, representing food

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