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1/28/16
In 2014 a pilot Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program was launched at the Capitol: three neighboring farms from Lebanon, CT -- Sweet Acre Farm , Beltane Farm , and M&K Dairy -- came together to offer shares of their produce to Legislative Office Building (LOB) employees through a CSA program. Members at the capitol purchased shares of pesticide-free fresh vegetables and flowers,
1/21/16
2015 Farm to Plate Annual Report reviews progress and challenges facing Vermont’s food system from economic, social and environmental perspectives Increases in local food consumption, jobs, and overall economic activity in the farm and food sector over the past five years are highlighted in the 2015 Farm to Plate Annual Report , released January 20, 2106 by the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. 2016
1/14/16
The New Year has just arrived and a topic that should be on everyone’s radar is GMO labeling. After last year’s announcement of the release of MA-based biotech company, Aquabounty’s, genetically engineered (GMO) salmon and the push for a watered down voluntary federal standard, the issue of state-led GMO labeling continues to be a top priority. So... Let’s talk GMO labeling initiatives. We have a
1/11/16
NESAWG’s 2015 It Takes A Region Conference This post was originally published on NESAWG's News . At our 2014 Conference, our keynote speaker, Jim Hightower said, "NESAWG, you put move in the movement!" And then he told us several ways we could do that better. For our 2015 It Takes a Region Conference , we took up Hightower's challenge and made his words our theme. We looked across movements and
1/7/16
Rhode Island The Rhode Island Food Policy Council (RIFPC) staff, Communications and Outreach Director Sumana Chintapalli and Network Director Leo Pollock , present a 2015 year in review 2015 was an exciting and fulfilling year for the RIFPC. It was a year of transition: they welcomed a new staff member , a new cohort of Work Group chairs, and launched a fifth Work Group centered around health and
1/4/16
New Hampshire The NH Food Alliance reflects on the tremendous amount of progress they have experienced in the Granite State food system in 2015. Shared the Viability Initiative The NH Food Alliance launched a comprehensive initiative focused on farm, fish, and food enterprise viability (Viability Initiative) in November 2015. As the first strategic effort of the NH Food Alliance, the Viability
12/31/15
As we look towards 2016, we are sharing a 3-part series featuring updates on the food systems work going on in each of the New England states. Maine Overall, there are many great trends to report in Maine related to food, farming and fisheries in 2015! Institutional Purchasing Maine’s colleges and institutions have been focusing on food in a big way in 2015. For example, the University of Maine
12/17/15
New farmers assembled the Arts Block in Greenfield, Massachusetts, on Dec. 12 from all over New England, New York state, and even Canada for the Northeast New Farmer Winter Gathering. Roughly 150 attendees arrived with enthusiasm and energy to participate in an anti-oppression training facilitated by representatives of Springfield-based Gardening the Community . Liz Wills-O’Gilvie and Tory Field
11/26/15
On this Thanksgiving, there is indeed much to be grateful for, yet on a day so focused on food and family, it is hard to escape the fact, nor should we remain comfortable with the reality, that nearly one in seven Americans reports being food insecure, meaning that they are unable to consistently meet their food needs. Feeding America has an interactive site that provides critical information
11/23/15
You may well have heard last week the FDA cleared the path for genetically modified salmon to hit the market after a protracted five-year review. It was a landmark decision that could have long-lasting implications for other genetically engineered (GE) products such as livestock (pigs, cattle, chickens) as well as reinforcing industry opposition to labeling such products (as in produce). In a

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