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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
5/3/16
This piece was originally posted by Erica Housekeeper on UVM Food Feed . Nearly 30% of New England’s farmers are likely to exit farming over the next decade, and nine out of 10 of those farmers do not have someone else ready to take the reins, according to new analysis of U.S. Census of Agriculture data that was part of a study released this week by American Farmland Trust and Land For Good. In
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
4/25/16
“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.” -T. E. Lawrence, "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" As the Rev. Dave Ostendorf, then-Executive Director of the Center for New Community, wrote more
4/21/16
The farmer; she is the reason why we eat The farmer; she is the reason She’s got no time to be at the table We lose her voice because she is too busy With dirt between her nails The dirt between her nails and the holes in her jeans And so her voice is lost But she tries because she has something to say And the hungry to feed Something to say of the plight and of her food – your food She wants to
4/14/16
If you had told me four years ago during my senior year of college that I would forgo my planned career as an international sustainable development consultant, and instead stay closer to home in Vermont working in community organizing and activism, I would have been in disbelief. I was never much of an activist in college. I did not understand the purpose of chaining yourself to a building or
4/7/16
As featured in Vermont Food and Farm Education's news . This summer, students are invited to immerse themselves in food systems programming at eight Vermont higher education colleges and universities with the Vermont Food Systems Summer Study Tour. An initiative of the Vermont Food Systems Higher Education Consortium (VHEFSC), the Summer Study Tour offers a “taste of Vermont” – for the intellect
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
3/29/16
This post was originally published on the Migrant Justice Justicia Migrante website . They were all at Migrant Justice last weekend for a historic tri-state gathering of agricultural workers. Immigrant workers from New York, Maine, and Vermont gathered together to share organizing models and build solidarity across industries and state lines. Members of Mano en Mano (Maine), Workers’ Center of
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

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