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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-
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

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