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6/8/15
Data analysis and visualization is one of the powerful tools we can use to understand and explain trends in food systems. There are many clues to changes underway in food systems, from anecdotes and stories that are relevant in our communities, to news analyses and documentaries that tackle big issues. Vermont’s Farm to Plate Initiative has spent a lot of time collecting and interpreting official
6/5/15
What does it mean to strengthen our local food system? How do we care for each other and our children amid deepening economic and environmental stress? On a Saturday in May, an excited group of curious and committed parishioners and volunteers decided to answer these questions through joint action. On this delightfully warm and sunny afternoon, we gathered on the front steps of Old West Church,
6/1/15
Hospital “Community Benefit” Activities Can Help Expand Access to Nutritious Foods Produced by Strong Local and Regional Food Systems On May 8, 2015, the Connecticut Food Policy Council convened a state-wide Summit to explore how a new federal regulatory development applicable to tax-exempt hospitals opens opportunities for hospital-community collaboration to strengthen food and nutrition
5/28/15
I am honored to be a member of the Funders Delegation to this year's New England Food Summit in Boston. Among the 165 delegates to the Summit will be 20 representatives of funding organizations from each of the six states who are focused on strengthening the food system in our region. Each of the funding organizations provides support to a wide range of organizations who are leading impressive
5/26/15
As a young professional coming into the food justice movement, my intention for attending last year’s New England Food Summit was to seize an opportunity that, if not working for my former employer, I would have never had. You see, my background in this work is beginning to develop, but my life has always revolved around the impacts of systems that have (and still do) affect me, my family, and my
5/21/15
Cooperatives have long played an essential role in meeting the needs of communities, farmers, and food producers, by bringing together labor, capital, and people’s voices into creating essential goods and services. Cooperatives provide food infrastructure that is needed to feed our communities including milling, processing, preservation, storage, distribution, shipping, and stores. From the early
5/18/15
This post was originally published on Civil Eats by Vera Chang on May 11, 2015. The 'Milk with Dignity' campaign hopes to use the same tactics that have improved conditions for Florida tomato workers. In 2009, José Obeth Santiz Cruz, a 20 year-old farmworker from Chiapas, Mexico, had a fatal accident on a small dairy farm in Vermont. Cruz was working on his knees near a gutter scraper–a conveyor
5/12/15
A new case study about FINE's evolution as a network We're excited to release a brand new case study on Farm to Institution New England (FINE) that was developed by Melissa Deas, a senior fellow at the Consensus Building Institute (CBI) in Boston. This report was developed to tell the story of FINE and to better understand how network organizations can be an effective means for change. The CBI
5/4/15
As the son of a commercial fisherman I feel a deep connection to those who risk their lives at sea and so I take very seriously the mayday distress call. That said, if there was ever a moment that warranted distress over the state of our ocean commons and fishing livelihoods, that moment became crystal clear for me following last week’s events at the New England Fishery Management Council meeting
4/30/15
A quiet revolution is astir in Vermont. Food systems education, practical agricultural experience, entrepreneurship, and inspiration have blended into an elixir for community revitalization. Advancing food justice, environmental sustainability, public policy, and resiliency, the Vermont Food Systems Study Tour runs May 31-June 20. The Tour invites students to discover the future of food in three

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