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10/6/16
For those of us working to make the food system more just and sustainable, the idea that we might encounter a problem or two along the way is so obvious and banal that it doesn’t merit mention. Clearly there are barriers, chasms even, that stand in the way; otherwise we wouldn’t need to do this work. But the notion that we grapple with wicked problems brings in an entirely new dimension to our
8/25/16
On Tuesday, August 9 the Maine Food Strategy, a statewide initiative to create a stronger and more broadly connected food system, released the Framework: A tool for advancing food systems in Maine . This document is based on years of input from stakeholders across many platforms who identified priorities particularly important to the future of Maine’s food system. The Framework offers a model to
8/12/16
How we built a stunningly beautiful community garden in 100 days When I think back to how we decided to build a first community garden in Newport, it seems that it really began at the moment Mrs. O took the microphone at Aquidneck Community Table ’s second Food Summit in 2015. The group of people gathered had just watched Ron Finley's TED Talk and now we were talking about growing more food on
8/9/16
This post was originally published on the UNH Sustainability Institute blog . This past Friday, July 29, I had the pleasure of visiting Rhode Island to gain a better understanding of the food landscape within the state. During a whirlwind twelve hours, I held four interviews with representatives from across the Rhode Island food system and, with the help of my tour guide Ken Payne, visited seven
8/4/16
Just a few weeks after Food Solutions New England (FSNE)’s Summit VI in Bridgeport, Connecticut, I was lucky enough to attend the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders ' [1] (SAFSF) annual forum, held this year in Louisville, Kentucky. SAFSF’s stated mission is to, “create networking, educational, and collaboration opportunities for the philanthropic community working to support
8/1/16
This post comes from Dawn Tucker with End-O-Main Lobster and fishing family out of Wickford, Rhode Island and was originally posted on the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance blog . My name is Dawn (McAlister) Tucker and I am a family member of a fisherman in Wickford, Rhode Island. We are a small day boat fishing business involved in several fisheries with a dragger, lobster boat and we are also
7/28/16
How do we support community self-determination and sovereignty? It was a question that was posed at the Opening Plenary at CommonBound 2016 in Buffalo, NY. The conference, which ran from July 8-10, explored how we are creating a new economy and how this weaves into the struggles for climate justice, food justice, racial justice, economic justice, and more. This biennial conference started in 2012
7/25/16
The goals of getting food to those in need and operating a viable business could easily be at odds. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to be the case. Here at Maine Farmland Trust , we’re finding ways to connect farmers, local food retailers, and low-income consumers—for the benefit of all. The major tool we’re applying to this effect is known as nutrition incentives. These are monetary bonuses
7/11/16
This was originally published on the Collective Impact Blog by David Phillips . Welcome to the first in a series of conversations with experienced backbone leaders! (see this blog post describing the series.) In this chat, we’ll hear from Ellen Kahler , Executive Director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) since 2005. For the past five years, VSJF has served as the backbone for Vermont
7/7/16
“You have to be patient, develop trust, and have people go with you.” These were words from Karen Masterson, co-owner of Johnny’s Luncheonette in Newton, MA as she talked about what it takes to align her business with the aspirations of the New England Food Vision . “I’ve been chasing after local vegetables for 13 years. Some small operations cannot afford to do this.” Masterson offered both

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