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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
11/5/14
Policy decisions and market mechanisms that turned farms into food production machines with grave ecological, health and economic consequences are being mirrored on the marine side. Fishing is being turned into a highly extractive industry with similar consequences. We have to rock the boat to undo these policies and upgrade the seafood market in support of community based fishermen who have the
10/6/14
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is hearing this month about the need to protect working waterfronts against the incursions of real estate development. Members of the Fish Locally Collaborative and other supporting organizations from the farming community are joining the fishing industry in Gloucester to urge the state to reject any proposals from Gloucester or other ports that would weaken the
9/12/14
This post was originally published on The Hill's Congress Blog . This week, state agriculture officials from across the country have gathered on the shores of Lake Champlain for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) annual meeting in Burlington, Vermont. These leaders have a unique opportunity to increase collaboration aimed at ensuring an abundant, nutritious food

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