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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
5/10/17
This post originally appeared on the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) blog . “Clearly, we made some people uncomfortable. Good. For too long, our comfort has come on the backs of many who have been uncomfortable for a long, long time.” –Niaz Dorry, FSNE Process and Network Team Member Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is a regional, collaborative network organized to “support the
4/24/17
Permanent protection, dignity and respect for the 11 million undocumented people in the US! When do we want it? NOW!! On April 16 th , in the first of a two-part exploration of the connection between worker rights, racial justice, and sustainable food systems , the 21-day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge prompt referenced Cosecha (the name translates to “Harvest”), a nonviolent movement
4/17/17
“To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination.” - bell hooks Similar to other “helping professions” like teaching and social work, white women make up a large percentage of the nonprofit workforce. Those percentages drop precipitously for all women in executive
3/28/17
Vermont Farm to Plate is a program of the Vermont Legislature, administered by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to: Increase economic development in Vermont’s farm and food sector; Create jobs in the farm and food economy; and Improve access to healthy local food for all Vermonters. The Vermont Legislature tasked the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund with conducting a public engagement process and

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