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6/6/16
Two dozen individuals representing twenty philanthropic organizations—ranging from family, community, and corporate foundations to funder affinity groups to donor and investor advisors—will join this year’s New England Food Summit VI in Bridgeport, Connecticut, from June 8-9. We are eager to participate in this convening so we can learn first-hand what leaders from across the New England farm,
5/23/16
The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) will hold its 42nd annual Summer Conference on August 12-14, 2016 in Amherst, Massachusetts. The event features three days of organic immersion, with 200 workshops to empower, educate, build skills and confidence. Over 1000 curious learners, growers, and experienced practitioners gather for inspiration and ideas for organic food, farming, health,
5/9/16
What does it really mean for me in my life? It all begins with RACE. Take for example the upcoming The Summit on Race and Equity: A Call to Government and Community, May 16 th and 17 th in Boston . The event is a culmination of almost two years of planning between a diverse group of community and City of Boston partners focused on developing policy platforms and institutional change around
4/28/16
The phrase “privilege is blind” is one I think about often. I’m participating in Food Solutions New England’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge for the second year because I need to see beyond the blinders of my experience. I recognize that a person of color would not have to set an intention to learn about racial injustice and equity; it is their lived experience. As a white person, raised in white
4/4/16
This post originally appeared on the Gulf of Maine Research Institute blog . When you think about cafeteria food, you probably think of mystery meat and instant mashed potatoes. Most of us grew up waiting listlessly in line for a scoop of the lunch “special”, which was usually anything but. Today’s lunch trays, however, bear little resemblance to the meals we remember. Institutions are catering
3/24/16
Saturday, March 12, 2016 marked a day when farming and fishing advocates gathered at Washington Academy in East Machias to discuss ways to strengthen Washington County’s food system. Based on survey feedback from participants, many people came away with inspiration and connections; exactly what Healthy Acadia and the Washington County Community Food Council had hoped would happen. “The big
3/21/16
This post was originally published on the Health Care Without Harm blog . It’s the people who are implementing food systems changes at healthcare facilities who often have the most sway and wherewithal to make a difference; not only at their own facilities but also in their communities and within the broader healthy food in health care sector. Launched in January 2016, the New England Healthy
3/17/16
Partnering with the Massachusetts Hospital Association and Health Care Without Harm, these hospitals are forging new paths for prevention-based healthcare The New England Healthy Food in Health Care program works with over 150 hospitals and other health care facilities across New England to support the development of a sustainable regional food system. These efforts are in close alignment with
3/14/16
Over 40 young adults from across the U.S. and Canada recently graduated from the Holstein Foundation ’s ninth Young Dairy Leaders Institute class, with Phase III being held February 24-27 in Phoenix, Arizona. Amanda Freund of Freund’s Farm in East Canaan and Stacey Stearns of UConn Extension in Storrs both participated. Building on the skills they learned during their first meeting last February
3/10/16
Should fishermen be the face of climate change? This was one of the more compelling questions posed at the Maine Fishermen’s Forum in Rockland on March 4. It’s an interesting posit with many implications. For anyone in and around the industry, the answer is pretty straightforward. Fishermen are on the frontlines of how climate change impacts fisheries around the world. Along with researchers,

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