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2/2/15
A new specialty license plate is in the works in Massachusetts to benefit new farmers, farmers' markets, and the Commonwealth's local food economy. The new "Choose Fresh & Local" license plate isn't just for show; proceeds will support core programs of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Mass Farmers Markets, and the Beginning Farmer Network of Massachusetts, nonprofits which provide
1/19/15
One of the gifts of MLK Day is the opportunity to reflect on how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy can inspire our work for social justice. I say social justice because the work that I do is rooted in sustainability, and social justice is core to the concept regardless of whether I engage it through food systems, climate change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem health, or cultural health
1/11/15
This fall, a new food co-op opened its doors in downtown Orange, Massachusetts - the result of an unusual partnership between a food buying club and a land trust. The Quabbin Harvest Co-op offers an example of how land trusts can advance their farm conservation missions by helping to rebuild the local food system. Located in the North Quabbin region of central Massachusetts, Orange is a former
12/29/14
2014 marked an exciting year for the RIFPC, both in terms of regional and local collaboration, policy changes, pilot projects, educational events and the convening of stakeholders. Highlights from the past year include: RIFPC served as local host of the 2014 Food Solutions New England Summit, held June 12-13 in Pawtucket. For the first time, access and equity served as major themes of the Summit
12/22/14
$5 Million Awarded to Farm to School Programs Nationwide The Northeast Regional Steering Committee of the National Farm to School Network has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to host a Northeast Farm to School Leadership Forum in partnership with Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and Farm to Institution New York State as an integral part of the
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

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