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4/18/16
I am white, and yet I have never self-identified as “white.” When asked about my identity, I have often used the shorthand term Pizza-Bagel - that oddly appealing mixture of the Jewish bagel with the Italian tomato sauce and cheese. Yet the tomato, originally a “New World” crop, was appropriated by the Italians, while the bagel originated from Polish gastronomy and was adopted by the Jews. Indeed
4/14/16
If you had told me four years ago during my senior year of college that I would forgo my planned career as an international sustainable development consultant, and instead stay closer to home in Vermont working in community organizing and activism, I would have been in disbelief. I was never much of an activist in college. I did not understand the purpose of chaining yourself to a building or
4/12/16
Lent and Violence For Lent this year at Old West Church, we focused on Racism and White Privilege. As part of this series, we began a yearlong installation comprised of twine and strips of cloth. The twine stretches between the columns of our sanctuary. Each strip is tied individually onto the twine, on each written the city, state and date of a mass shooting in the United States beginning on
4/7/16
As featured in Vermont Food and Farm Education's news . This summer, students are invited to immerse themselves in food systems programming at eight Vermont higher education colleges and universities with the Vermont Food Systems Summer Study Tour. An initiative of the Vermont Food Systems Higher Education Consortium (VHEFSC), the Summer Study Tour offers a “taste of Vermont” – for the intellect
3/29/16
This post was originally published on the Migrant Justice Justicia Migrante website . They were all at Migrant Justice last weekend for a historic tri-state gathering of agricultural workers. Immigrant workers from New York, Maine, and Vermont gathered together to share organizing models and build solidarity across industries and state lines. Members of Mano en Mano (Maine), Workers’ Center of
3/24/16
Saturday, March 12, 2016 marked a day when farming and fishing advocates gathered at Washington Academy in East Machias to discuss ways to strengthen Washington County’s food system. Based on survey feedback from participants, many people came away with inspiration and connections; exactly what Healthy Acadia and the Washington County Community Food Council had hoped would happen. “The big
3/7/16
This post was originally published on the New Hampshire Food Alliance website . The New Hampshire Food Alliance is excited to announce the Farm, Fish, and Food Enterprise Viability Initiative . This initiative entails several areas of opportunity where the network can create conditions that will lead to more profitable and sustainable farm, fish, and food enterprises including Education, Land
2/25/16
This post was adapted from the original post on the Interaction Institute for Social Change’s blog by Curtis Ogden on February 24, 2016. “Network entrepreneurs are keenly aware that they are few among many working across the larger system, and in this way they embody a special type of … leader[ship].” – Jane Wei-Skillern, David Ehrlichman, & David Sawyer The concept of leadership has been
2/11/16
New Hampshire-based nonprofit, Families in Transition (FIT), is working to ensure that Manchester, New Hampshire’s homeless and at-risk families can develop long-term health and wellness. And, they are building that foundation literally from the ground up. To provide immediate hunger relief and comprehensive nutrition and cooking education to some of Manchester’s most vulnerable populations,
2/8/16
This post was originally published on Maine Farmland Trust's blog . Four New American farmers have found a home at a 30-acre farm in Lewiston, thanks to help from Maine Farmland Trust . New Roots Cooperative Farm is a new enterprise founded by four graduates of Cultivating Community ’s New American Sustainable Agriculture Program (NASAP). The four farmers are Somali-Bantu refugees, and have been

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