Keep up with the latest policy news, USDA Funding Announcements, and food systems happenings in the Northeast.
"As someone who enjoys working with different people and facilitating dialogue and solutions, it has been an exciting opportunity to work alongside farmers and farmworkers to implement the Milk with Dignity Program to improve conditions on dairy farms. " Learn more about the work of Rafaela Rodriguez, a social worker who is currently working with the Milk with Dignity Program and her work as lead auditor for the third party monitor called the Milk with Dignity Standards Council.
5 questions for Malaika Giplin, 2018 It Takes a Region Conference Organizer
While the actual 2018 Farm Bill is still being written, now is a key time to educate your elected officials about the Farm Bill issues that matter to you. Elected officials are busy writing and introducing “marker bills” - pieces of Farm Bill legislation that Members of Congress introduce to build support around key issues - and your support can strengthen the case for all the GOOD things we want to see in this year’s Farm Bill! If you’ve ever received a federal grant or interacted with a Farm Bill program, this is the moment to let your legislators know about the great work you’re doing that the program makes possible! Here’s a list of some current marker bills that can use your support. Consider signing onto a letter of support as an organization or individual, or take a moment to call, email, or meet with your representatives and senators and tell them which of these issues matter most to you. (Don’t know who they are? Click those links to find out!)
How has a local orchard, dairy, vegetable operation, food business, farm to school program, food hub, fishing enterprise, nutrition education program, food security/access program, urban farm, youth food justice initiative or similar program in your region gotten a boost from a state or federal government program? How have state and federal laws and programs helped, either directly or through initiatives led by NGOs, institutions, agencies, community-based organizations, etc, support farmers, farm workers, young people, seniors, food insecure families, or food entrepreneurs; address environmental issues connected to food production; or spur farm and food related economic development or growth? We want to highlight the power of good food programs and how they help communities and stakeholders in their work to improve the food system in our region. Please include photos if you have them!
Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems (EFSNE) papers now available
It's a Farm Bill year and the focus is on federal policy, but our region can have an impact by engaging with state agricultural commissioners through this year's NASDA/NEASDA meetings.
Emerging leaders Vanessa Garcia Polanco and Amirio Freeman, who attended last year's It Takes a Region conference, reflect on the role of young people in food systems work, and especially how hosting organizations present young people's programs and ideas at conferences. They have even provided a helpful summary of do's and dont's for food systems leaders.
Meet Nicole, farmer, advocate, and NESAWG's new Policy Associate.
Meet Allison Blansfield, Value Chain Manager at sweetgreen and new NESAWG Board member
The 2017 Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group It Takes a Region Conference broke the mold. NESAWG has been putting on successful food systems conferences for 25 years, drawing thousands of sustainable food systems leaders, including farmers, researchers policy wonks, students, urban growers, youth, food justice activists, health care practitioners, entrepreneurs, farm to school advocates, and many others together to cross-pollinate and engage with the complicated problems we must confront to transform the food system. Here’s some of what we learned and how we’re applying these lessons to transforming the food movement.
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