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A New England Food Vision

4/9/15
PVGrows is hosting their 2015 Spring Forum on Wednesday, April 15th from 9:00-1:30pm, in Holyoke, MA on the topic of land access. Just as a house needs a strong foundation to support it over time, farmers need secure access to land to produce food. Land is the foundation of our food system. How does access to farmland fit into a vision of creating a healthy, resilient, and equitable food system?
3/9/15
As an Ambassador, I have had an abundance of opportunities to share the mission of Food Solutions New England (FSNE) in Connecticut; Dr. King's birthday and Black History Month led the way introducing conversations on race, our responsibilities as people of color during racially challenging times, and how we move forward. The 21-Day Challenge is a continuation of those conversations. As an
2/5/15
Local food movements are trending across the country. For some, it’s the next “in” thing to do, but for many Vermonters, supporting local agriculture has been a way of life long before it was trendy. So where does the term “food system” fit in when talking about local food? Everyone from academics to government officials are referring more to food systems when discussing sustainable agriculture,
1/22/15
My most popular blog post by far at World.edu is called "Sustainable agriculture jobs after college?" In this essay, I try to tell the truth about the jobs situation in sustainable agriculture based on my experience working with young women and men graduating college. My conclusion is that while there is much work that needs to be done, well-paying, meaningful jobs that offer a sense of security
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
1/7/15
More than 15 years ago I began educating women about breast cancer mortality and early detection. Most of my outreach centered around African American women who suffer the highest mortality even though the incidence is higher in white women than black women. As a lay person, I find that what I don't know allows me to look at issues from a common sense approach and ask those dumb questions. If
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
12/15/14
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
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
10/22/14
Brian Donahue, one of the authors of A New England Food Vision , discusses farming and the Vision in this interview in the Boston Globe . Donahue is a farmer and Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies at Brandeis University. He advocates for growing more vegetables on urban and suburban land and has direct experience with how this model can be successful in the region: in 1980

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