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10/6/16
For those of us working to make the food system more just and sustainable, the idea that we might encounter a problem or two along the way is so obvious and banal that it doesn’t merit mention. Clearly there are barriers, chasms even, that stand in the way; otherwise we wouldn’t need to do this work. But the notion that we grapple with wicked problems brings in an entirely new dimension to our
9/27/16
This post, written by Maria Buteux Reade, was reposted from Vermont Farm to Plate Features . A group of farmers gather in a pasture and stare intently at a young man struggling to push a long probe deep into the ground. He shakes his head sheepishly and hands off the penetrometer to the next volunteer. No luck for her either. The host farmer steps forward and states matter-of-factly, “That’s what
9/13/16
The ambitious New England Food Vision sets forth the parameters required to achieve a sustainable and equitable food system in which New England farms and fisheries provide at least 50% of the food needed to feed ourselves by 2060. There are many things that need to shift for this vision to become reality, and one of the key things is that we New Englanders change our diet to one tailored to
9/8/16
This post, by Joshua Berman, Project Coordinator for the Sustainable Business Network , orginally appeared on the Boston Local Food Festival Blog . The city of Boston has a very interesting history, and no, I’m not talking about the pilgrims. I’m talking about the city itself. Boston originated as a trading colony for the British, a booming seaport exporting New England’s fish, farm, and lumber
9/6/16
This story was originally posted on Land For Good's website August 19, 2016. Last week, the four Somali Bantu farmers of New Roots Cooperative Farm , broke ground at their new 30 acre farm on the northside of Lewiston, Maine. This is a dream come true for New Roots and for the Somali community in Lewiston and Maine. The four farmer-owners of New Roots—Mohamed Abukar, Batula Ismail, Seynab Ali,
8/25/16
On Tuesday, August 9 the Maine Food Strategy, a statewide initiative to create a stronger and more broadly connected food system, released the Framework: A tool for advancing food systems in Maine . This document is based on years of input from stakeholders across many platforms who identified priorities particularly important to the future of Maine’s food system. The Framework offers a model to
8/12/16
How we built a stunningly beautiful community garden in 100 days When I think back to how we decided to build a first community garden in Newport, it seems that it really began at the moment Mrs. O took the microphone at Aquidneck Community Table ’s second Food Summit in 2015. The group of people gathered had just watched Ron Finley's TED Talk and now we were talking about growing more food on
8/11/16
This piece was originally posted by Erica Houskeeper on UVM Food Feed . A new research report from Farm to Institution New England (FINE) surveyed food distributors to gather their perspectives on institutional demand for local products and identify the challenges and opportunities they face in serving this segment of the food market. The report—the first publication in a series of FINE research
8/9/16
This post was originally published on the UNH Sustainability Institute blog . This past Friday, July 29, I had the pleasure of visiting Rhode Island to gain a better understanding of the food landscape within the state. During a whirlwind twelve hours, I held four interviews with representatives from across the Rhode Island food system and, with the help of my tour guide Ken Payne, visited seven
8/4/16
Just a few weeks after Food Solutions New England (FSNE)’s Summit VI in Bridgeport, Connecticut, I was lucky enough to attend the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders ' [1] (SAFSF) annual forum, held this year in Louisville, Kentucky. SAFSF’s stated mission is to, “create networking, educational, and collaboration opportunities for the philanthropic community working to support

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