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10/12/18
Editor's Note: Now, in October, we are at the midpoint between the 2018 and 2019 Racial Equity Challenges. Food Solutions New England has been organizing this challenge for four years as an engagement project across food system networks. Though originally intended for our own regional New England network, the Challenge has stretched its wings out over all of the US; this past year we had more
10/9/18
Editor's Note: This post by Ricardo Salvador, Director, Food & Environment Program of Union of Concerned Scientists was originally published on October 8, 2018 on the UCS website . Do you have a story or article you'd like us to share? Update 10/9/18: “White Earth Food Recovery Project” was corrected to “White Earth Land Recovery Project” and “Ojibwe” was corrected to “Anishinabe.” “Tribes
9/25/18
As part of our mission to strengthen our regional food system network, Food Solutions New England (FSNE) launches the third year of its Network Leadership Institute this week with an inspiring new cohort of participants ! Drawn from more than eighty applicants, this year's cohort of nineteen individuals is comprised of food system practictioners from all six New England states, representing food
9/13/18
The Food Solutions New England Process Team (our "steering" or advisory team) has voted to endorse the Campaign for Real Meals , recognizing the leverage to be gained in making specific targets more visible in the massive food service industry in North America. Industrial food service represents a $51 billion sector in the US alone, with three firms - Sodexo, Aramark and Compass Group -
8/27/18
FSNE Note: We are honored to share this piece from Vanessa Garcia Polanco, an alumna of FSNE's Network Leadership Institute, as she heads out on her next adventure! I am moving to the midwest to pursue graduate school. Ready for the challenge that is to learn a new regional culture, new food systems and English words that will substitute New England colloquialism like bubbler and wicked. As a
8/8/18
FSNE Comment: As we get ready to start organizing the fifth consecutive 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge for April 2019, we are taking a moment to reflect on the learning from this past year. This post, from Curtis Ogden of the Interaction Institute for Social Change , shares how the impacts of the Challenge are rippling ever outward... “We never know how our small activities will
7/30/18
This week's lead blog post comes from our colleagues at Real Food Challenge , active members of the Food Solutions New England regional network. Real Food Challenge is excited to announce a technical update to our Real Food Standards! In an effort to keep our Standards aligned with changes in the food industry, Real Food Challenge students and alumni leaders have conducted research in
6/4/18
In our region, the Connecticut River Valley in Massachusetts, there is a lot of talk right now amongst community food organizations about the whiteness of the majority of people leading those organizations, and what that means in building an equitable, resilient food system. There’s also talk about the Farm Bill reauthorization (which is underway right now) and the impact it could have on
5/21/18
This post was originally published on the Interaction Institute for Social Change blog by Curtis Ogden on May 14, 2018. On April 22nd, the fourth annual 21 Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge wrapped up. This Food Solutions New England project was originally conceived as a “network innovation” to spread and deepen the conversation about and commitment around addressing race and racism in
4/18/18
I am writing this for white-identifying nonprofit board members, directors, project managers, or funders. I hope these activists will also find it important to candidly talk about community based programs addressing food, housing, environmental health, public and mental health, or racial equity and two problems, that as a white cis woman, I hear and discuss regularly: A majority of funding for

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