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A New England Food Vision

12/10/15
It was a productive season for many New England famers and for CommonWealth Kitchen as well. The bountiful harvests provided a new way for CommonWealth Kitchen to support the New England Food Vision . This year, CommonWealth Kitchen , a non-profit shared kitchen and food business incubator, embarked on a series of new projects to support local farmers and strengthen our role as a Boston food
11/16/15
UNH class inspired by the New England Food Vision Farmers, scientists, and entrepreneurs across New England are constantly innovating new ways to grow food in New England. Novel approaches to agriculture are vital to developing a thriving and resilient food system—whether it’s by increasing the productivity of our land, expanding our agricultural footprint, or both. The New England Food Vision (
10/29/15
Comments being collected now The first complete draft of the Massachusetts Food System Plan was released on Friday, October 23. The plan is available for download at www.mafoodplan.org , and public comments on the draft will be accepted through November 6 . The plan is a comprehensive assessment identifying current strengths of the Commonwealth's food system and opportunities for improvement. "
9/17/15
Newport, Rhode Island—mansions, yachts, fancy shops, and upscale restaurants and 70 percent of public school students living below poverty level. A surprising dichotomy, and one indicative of another problem facing more than 150,000 Rhode Islanders—food insecurity. In the U. S., more than 15 percent of people, almost 50 million, don’t know from where and when their next meal will come, and
9/10/15
Food System Research Project There are three dietary patterns explored in A New England Food Vision : the typical American dietary pattern called the ‘Current Diet’; the Omnivore’s Delight (OD), which follows guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate (USDA) and Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate; and the Regional Reliance, which only includes foods that can be produced in
9/3/15
This post was originally published on Farm to Institution New England's blog . Farmers and food advocates still pushing for sustainability and fair labor standards in July 2016 contract On August 31st, the Office of Strategic Procurement for the University of Maine System released their request for proposal (RFP) for food service at six of the seven University of Maine Campuses. “Maine students,
8/31/15
This post was originally published on the Interaction Institute for Social Change’s blog by Curtis Ogden on March 7, 2013. It is offered as a Food Policy Resource for the "Overview of Collective Impact & Its Application for Food Policy Councils" Webinar . In a fascinating article in Fast Company , entitled “The Secrets of Generation Flux,” Robert Safian acknowledges that in these uncertain
7/27/15
There’s no vegetable more basic than a potato. This humble, tuberous root crop, Solanum tuberosum, grows in the dark, hidden from view most of the year, and emerges late when the air is frosty. It’s not as exciting as kale, not as exotic as kohlrabi, and even has "relatives" that seem nicer—the sweet potato and the yam. But when it comes to taking our local food system forward in the state of
7/23/15
This post was originally published by Bill Duesing on June 29, 2015. View the original post here . There has been remarkable positive movement toward growing food for people near where they live, which is often called agroecology. Methods used in this local, healthy and sustainable food system model maximize use of local resources, including sun and waste products and minimize use of fossil fuels
7/16/15
Producer cooperatives have had a central role in American agriculture for the past 150 years and are continuing to grow in Maine and the Northeast today. In a producer cooperative, individual producers, such as farmers or fishermen, are owners of the cooperative, which provides services such as marketing, aggregation, distribution, and value-added processing. Producer cooperatives can provide

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