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3/19/15
Sometimes a single sentence says so much. Unpacking it takes up space and does not add an iota to the meaning that is already there. Here is one such sentence, a quote from “The Financial Page” of the February 9, 2015, New Yorker : “It’s hard for people to be fully engaged with customers when they’re worrying about how to food put food on the table.” The person being quoted is Mark Bertolini, CEO
3/12/15
About half-way into FSNE's 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge , there have been some very interesting learnings, discussions, and reflections offered up via the Forum , Facebook event page , and Twitter ( #FSNEEquityChallenge ). I am heartened and hopeful that all of this is helping to normalize the conversation about race and racism and to galvanize strategies and actions for
3/2/15
Why the Struggle of Family Fishermen, Fishworkers, and Allies Matters to Me Seeking a quiet spot to talk while away on family vacation, my sister and I sit cross-legged on a gravel driveway. We’re sweaty and attracting a swarm of mosquitoes. She listens as I describe unknown variables in my decision making algorithm, “ I know and am concerned about factory farming and agribusiness but I don’t
2/23/15
The Franklin Land Trust (FLT) has been devoted to conserving western Massachusetts’ natural beauty—the farms, woods, rivers, and mountains—for over 28 years. We own land for the public to enjoy, and help farmers and landowners conserve their land with conservation restrictions and agricultural preservation restrictions that prevent future development while continuing active agriculture, forestry
2/9/15
NOAA thinks climate change is serious enough to propose a massive 5-year strategy aimed at better understanding the impact on fisheries and how to prepare for and adapt to those impacts. It may be a case of too little too late, but it’s better than blithely ignoring the problem. The National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA’s fisheries agency, released a draft of the detailed strategy this month
2/5/15
Local food movements are trending across the country. For some, it’s the next “in” thing to do, but for many Vermonters, supporting local agriculture has been a way of life long before it was trendy. So where does the term “food system” fit in when talking about local food? Everyone from academics to government officials are referring more to food systems when discussing sustainable agriculture,
12/15/14
On Friday, December 12, 2014 Equity Trust hosted a first-of-its-kind event: a one-day regional symposium on developing models of secure tenure for urban community farms. The gathering brought together over 35 urban agriculture practitioners and representatives of land trusts and other support organizations, from across the Northeast region of the US, to share experiences and challenges around
12/4/14
The New England Farmers Union (NEFU) is a regional chapter of the National Farmers Union. Its mission is to keep family farming viable through educational opportunities, co-operative endeavors and civic engagement. NEFU works with the Congressional delegates of the six New England states and with government officials to ensure that federal agriculture programs are fully funded and that they
11/24/14
The New England Fishery Management Council voted at their meeting on Tuesday, November 18 th in Newport, RI on the groundfish fleet diversity amendment, a draft policy that members of the Fish Locally Collaborative have worked on over the past four years. Here is Aaron Dority’s report back from the council meeting. New England groundfish fleet diversity protections The purpose of last week’s
11/9/14
In July 2011, a listeriosis outbreak spread across 28 states. By the time it ended, 143 people had been hospitalized and 33 people had died. The culprit was cantaloupe contaminated with the bacterium Listeria . Earlier that year, President Obama had signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) aimed at nipping such food-related outbreaks in the bud. Since then, the Food and Drug

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