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Race, Equity, & Social Justice

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,
1/19/15
One of the gifts of MLK Day is the opportunity to reflect on how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy can inspire our work for social justice. I say social justice because the work that I do is rooted in sustainability, and social justice is core to the concept regardless of whether I engage it through food systems, climate change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystem health, or cultural health
1/15/15
Each year, The Food Project welcomes participants from all around the United States to participate in their Winter Institute. Attendees of the Institute learn how to create a successful model to empower youth and strengthen communities through growing and distributing healthy, sustainable food. The Institute also connects youth workers and sustainable growers from around the country to share
1/11/15
This fall, a new food co-op opened its doors in downtown Orange, Massachusetts - the result of an unusual partnership between a food buying club and a land trust. The Quabbin Harvest Co-op offers an example of how land trusts can advance their farm conservation missions by helping to rebuild the local food system. Located in the North Quabbin region of central Massachusetts, Orange is a former
1/7/15
More than 15 years ago I began educating women about breast cancer mortality and early detection. Most of my outreach centered around African American women who suffer the highest mortality even though the incidence is higher in white women than black women. As a lay person, I find that what I don't know allows me to look at issues from a common sense approach and ask those dumb questions. If
12/24/14
The Haley House Bakery Café in Roxbury, has been dispelling the myth that eating healthy, organically or clean food, has to cost a lot of money. That's why I love being with folks who care about their community. Here at Haley House, every Saturday from 5 pm - 7 pm, I host an event called Community Tables. It all began in March 2012. Ms. Kong, the manager, asked if I would be interested in hosting
12/18/14
Urban Oaks Organic Farm has an improbable history. It is recognized state-wide by high-end restaurants and by out-of-town farm stand customers as the best—and only– year-round local source of fresh, delicious, high-quality certified organic vegetables. The greens, especially the lettuces and arugula, have won awards as the best in the state. And regular customers to the farm stand insist that the
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
12/1/14
Our most recent Connecticut Food System Alliance (CFSA) Gathering took place at Bethesda Lutheran Church in New Haven, a city that is home to several food organizations that are represented in the Alliance. Cityseed, Common Ground High School, and the Connecticut Food Bank are all part of the CFSA, and are based in New Haven. New Haven ranked second lowest among all towns in the state for
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

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