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Networks & Collaboration

12/15/14
On Friday, December 12, 2014 Equity Trust hosted a first-of-its-kind event: a one-day regional symposium on developing models of secure tenure for urban community farms. The gathering brought together over 35 urban agriculture practitioners and representatives of land trusts and other support organizations, from across the Northeast region of the US, to share experiences and challenges around
12/11/14
This post was originally published on the Social Transformation Project blog . Like a broken record, progressives have repeated for years that we need to work together and coordinate beyond our traditional divides and “silos.” It is common knowledge. Yet after all these years, effective collaboration, where the whole adds up to more than the sum of its parts, is the exception rather than the rule
12/1/14
Our most recent Connecticut Food System Alliance (CFSA) Gathering took place at Bethesda Lutheran Church in New Haven, a city that is home to several food organizations that are represented in the Alliance. Cityseed, Common Ground High School, and the Connecticut Food Bank are all part of the CFSA, and are based in New Haven. New Haven ranked second lowest among all towns in the state for
11/21/14
Vermonters who love local food usually think “Vermont” when they think “local.” But Vermont farmers and food businesses operate at different scales and sell products to all types of markets. With more than 33 million potential customers in New England and New York, regional markets are increasingly important for our statewide producers and processors. Increasing their access to regional grocery
11/3/14
Every October, food system leaders and innovators who comprise the Vermont Farm to Plate Network convene to review the progress towards implementing the State of Vermont's Farm to Plate Strategic Plan and learn about the next set of challenges facing Vermont’s evolving food system. Approximately 300 individuals representing all facets of Vermont’s farm and food economy from farmers and food
10/27/14
This post was originally published by Curtis Ogden on October 22, 2014 on the Interaction Institute for Social Change blog . [This] graphic is something that I recently created, borrowing heavily from the good work of Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor , to help convey what is meant by engaging in “network strategy.” One of the challenges we’ve encountered in working with different networks is
9/30/14
By Zoe Madden, Connecticut Food System Alliance Network Coordinator At the little flower farm in Pawcatuck where I work, the dahlias are in full bloom. They nod in the breeze, their petals shining in shades of vibrant magenta, fiery orange, pale blush pink, and dandelion yellow above a sea of deep green leaves. Nestled in a landscape of gray stone walls, brown oak leaves and beige rushes, they
9/12/14
This post was originally published on The Hill's Congress Blog . This week, state agriculture officials from across the country have gathered on the shores of Lake Champlain for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) annual meeting in Burlington, Vermont. These leaders have a unique opportunity to increase collaboration aimed at ensuring an abundant, nutritious food
9/10/14
Farm to Plate is a statewide farm and food movement creating jobs and increasing access to healthy food for all Vermonters Farm to Plate is gaining momentum in Vermont as media increasingly invite Farm to Plate staff to talk about how the statewide initiative to strengthen Vermont’s food system is impacting the economy and the consumers of Vermont. Local CBS TV station, WCAX, aired two pieces
9/9/14
Vermont is fortunate to have many organizations working to decrease food insecurity and alleviate hunger, and many of these organizations are seeing the benefits of how local food systems can improve access to healthy food. For example, Salvation Farms coordinates gleaning programs (traditional harvesting and moving surplus) throughout the state to capture fresh food that will not make it to

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