Model Networks

Much has been written about the power of networks to produce positive, social change.  We experience this frequently through NESAWG and our collaborative relationships with our partners.  A Model Network is a series of profiles featuring examples of "network-i-ness" – exploring network-type activities engaged in by NESAWG participants and why their approach is so effective.

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Model Networks

Feb 14, 2017

The Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network connects and supports small meat processors helping them thrive.

Apr 14, 2016

The National Farm to School Network helps parents, farmers, teachers, school administrators, and advocates bring locally-grown food and garden-based nutrition education to schoolchildren across the country.

Dec 31, 2015

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives, a network of 75 organizations in 9 states across the south, has a half-century legacy of fighting to keep black farmers farming and on the land. Read more to learn how.

Jul 28, 2015

The National Good Food Network, a project of the Wallace Center at Winrock International, is working to make fair, healthy, green food more affordable and accessible. Jeff Farbman, NGFN's coordinator, tells us how.

Apr 27, 2015

One in five people work to grow, process, pack, sell and serve the food we eat. The Food Chain Workers Alliance, and their network of worker justice groups across the country, is working to ensure they are part of the vision for a sustainable food system.

Feb 05, 2015

Our region’s fisheries flood our markets with millions of pounds of high-quality protein and billions of dollars in revenue each year, yet are sometimes marginalized in discussions of improving our regional food system. Read about how one network devoted to healthy marine ecosystems and economies is raising its collective voice above the fray.

Sep 01, 2014

By joining northeast regional voices with those of other sustainable agriculture advocates nationwide, NSAC continues its 20-year legacy as a model network in our field. Managing Director Jeremy Emmi shares insights into the source of NSAC’s strength.

Jun 01, 2014

Food Systems New England (FSNE) is working on a bold effort that envisions a healthful, accessible and environmentally and socially sustainable future for its region, and has much to share about how to develop and support productive networks. Curtis Ogden, Senior Associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change and facilitator for FSNE’s Core and Network Teams, shares some of his perspective on network building.

Mar 01, 2014

The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, BALLE, is the nation's most outspoken advocate for looking locally to meet community needs—from food to energy, finance to manufacturing. What can a national alliance of local innovators tell our region about building strong networks? BALLE's Director of Community Engagement Jill Epner has a lot to share.