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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
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,
3/7/16
This post was originally published on the New Hampshire Food Alliance website . The New Hampshire Food Alliance is excited to announce the Farm, Fish, and Food Enterprise Viability Initiative . This initiative entails several areas of opportunity where the network can create conditions that will lead to more profitable and sustainable farm, fish, and food enterprises including Education, Land
2/29/16
This post was originally published in the Bucknell magazine . Reliance on locally sourced food fuels a rich community experience Everyone eats. And what we eat increasingly matters — for the health of people, animals and the planet. Through our increased exposure to fresh, seasonal and local foods, we now really taste the food we’re eating. Once we try a vine-ripened, sun-soaked tomato from our
2/15/16
This post was originally published on the Local Futures Blog . It’s almost sugaring time here in Vermont. On our homestead we tap about 25 trees, boil down the sap on the kitchen cookstove, and – in a good year – end up with 4 or 5 gallons of maple syrup. That may sound like a lot, but since it represents our family’s main source of sweetener it’s rarely enough to get us through the year. By mid-

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