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9/1/17
This post was originally published in The Daily Hampshire Gazette, August 29, 2017, by Claire Morenon and appeared in: CISA Opinion Pieces , News What comes to mind when you think of local food? Bustling farmers markets, charming roadside stands, Community Supported Agriculture barns filling with produce and customers — these are the images that spring to mind for most of us. Indeed, those direct
8/17/17
On July 22 at a brightly painted building on Farmington Avenue in Hartford, I got to witness something amazing for Connecticut Food System Alliance ’s Food Summit and Network Launch . I had an opportunity to see just how far and how deep the influences of food really go and how incredibly layered and nuanced they are. More than 70 people showed up to talk and learn about food system issues for
8/9/17
The Vermont Community Foundation (VCF) has been changing the future of many non-profit organizations across the state. VCF’s latest press release announced that they awarded $60,500 for grants to more than two dozen nonprofit organizations, with the most common single amount awarded being $2,500. Let’s look at the incredible work that the VCF is helping to achieve. What Is the Small and Inspiring
7/24/17
On July 18 Cultivating Community and its partner the St. Mary's Nutrition Center, both of Maine, launched the second season of the Good Food Bus, a mobile food market featuring locally sourced fruits, vegetables, eggs, and bread; favorite items "from away" such as citrus; and $10 anchor meals in a bag that include a recipe and all the ingredients needed to make a simple, healthy, delicious meal--
7/18/17
On July 18, Cultivating Community convened a welcome reception at their Boyd Street Urban Farm in downtown Portland for Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Dr. Desiree Drucker Ross, who manages the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program for the USDA. Greeting the two leaders were folks from the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Alliance (MOFGA), Wolfe's Neck Farm, Agrability (
7/7/17
This 43rd annual 3-day celebration (August 11-13, 2017 in Amherst, MA) brings together organic farmers, gardeners, growers, landscapers, and eaters from across the Northeast to share their inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health, activism, and beyond. The organic movement has been a constant force for innovation and progress in food production models that are environmentally and
6/30/17
This post was originally published by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund . The Rooted in Vermont grassroots movement celebrates how all Vermonters acquire and enjoy local food and intends to increase consumer demand so more Vermont food can be available and accessible where most Vermonters shop Montpelier, VT – Vermonters were farming, gardening, fishing, and hunting long before there were craft
6/30/17
This post was originally published on the NH Food Alliance website . It's already feels like summer outside, but the Action Teams have diligently working to implement their respective action plans. Look below to see what each of the teams has been up to. Education The Education Action Team has recently focused its efforts on reviewing the processes and strategies outlined in the Vermont Farm to
6/15/17
This post originally appeared on the Interaction Institute for Social Change blog . “Life moves toward other life… If we trusted more in these cohering motions, we could move into an essential role … supporting the system to explore new connections, new information, new ways of being. It means focusing on opening the system in all ways.” Margaret Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers, a simpler way
5/11/17
“One way to take alliance building a step further is to reframe issues so that they’re no longer issues, which can be divisive, but values, which have more power to unite.” This notion, lifted from an excellent article by Kristin Moe , is just one of countless impactful ideas from Food Solutions New England’s Racial Equity Challenge that resonated with us. At World Farmers , our work digs into

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