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9/9/18
Today's post is from our friends at Real Pickles! Come visit them (and Food Solutions New England) at the upcoming Boston Local Food Festival on September 16th! ------------ As you may know, here at Real Pickles we are deeply committed to buying our vegetables only from Northeast family farms and selling our products only within the Northeast . One way in which we are able to achieve this, and in
8/27/18
FSNE Note: We are honored to share this piece from Vanessa Garcia Polanco, an alumna of FSNE's Network Leadership Institute, as she heads out on her next adventure! I am moving to the midwest to pursue graduate school. Ready for the challenge that is to learn a new regional culture, new food systems and English words that will substitute New England colloquialism like bubbler and wicked. As a
8/8/18
FSNE Comment: As we get ready to start organizing the fifth consecutive 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge for April 2019, we are taking a moment to reflect on the learning from this past year. This post, from Curtis Ogden of the Interaction Institute for Social Change , shares how the impacts of the Challenge are rippling ever outward... “We never know how our small activities will
7/30/18
This week's lead blog post comes from our colleagues at Real Food Challenge , active members of the Food Solutions New England regional network. Real Food Challenge is excited to announce a technical update to our Real Food Standards! In an effort to keep our Standards aligned with changes in the food industry, Real Food Challenge students and alumni leaders have conducted research in
6/26/18
From our friends at Farm to Institution New England (FINE) Last week, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a new 50-State Food System Scorecard , which ranks U.S. states based on farm and food health, sustainability and equity. The scorecard highlights areas of success and potential improvement for states – and it can help food system stakeholders identify other states that are doing
6/8/18
Food Solutions New England longtime participant and Process Team member Niaz Dorry updates us from the road. Greetings from Charleston, South Carolina! I'm writing you at the end of the first week of America the Bountiful Tour - a two-month cross-country trip to visit as many rural fishing and farming communities we can. The reason for this trip is to kick-start my new role as the director of
6/4/18
In our region, the Connecticut River Valley in Massachusetts, there is a lot of talk right now amongst community food organizations about the whiteness of the majority of people leading those organizations, and what that means in building an equitable, resilient food system. There’s also talk about the Farm Bill reauthorization (which is underway right now) and the impact it could have on
5/21/18
This post was originally published on the Interaction Institute for Social Change blog by Curtis Ogden on May 14, 2018. On April 22nd, the fourth annual 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge wrapped up. This Food Solutions New England project was originally conceived as a “network innovation” to spread and deepen the conversation about and commitment around addressing race and racism in
4/18/18
I am writing this for white-identifying nonprofit board members, directors, project managers, or funders. I hope these activists will also find it important to candidly talk about community based programs addressing food, housing, environmental health, public and mental health, or racial equity and two problems, that as a white cis woman, I hear and discuss regularly: A majority of funding for
4/12/18
Through 400 years of plantation enslavement, lynchings, lost years of family history, loss of earning potential through lack of inheritances, and generations of neglected educational opportunities, African American producers and land owners have been placed seriously behind the starting line without the proverbial boots or straps. Given the tremendous losses throughout centuries of state

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