Mike Weaver is a poultry farmer working to hold Big Ag accountable for its treatment of contract farmers.
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of NESAWG’s It Takes a Region conference we’re talking with food systems organizers and practitioners who are at the forefront of change in our region. What have these leaders seen over the past 25 years, and where do they see us heading? What do we need to know about the opportunities and constraints imposed by our current political climate, and how can we move together, as a collection of diverse communities, into a united food movement? Our first reflection is from Jose Oliva, co-director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance, who generously shared his story and the work of food chain workers around the country who are innovating tactics and building power to transform not just labor conditions in the food system, but how our communities and institutions navigate complex social and environmental issues.
Maria Arnot shares about food security and nutrition in the coalfields of West Virginia.
"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.
The Equal Exchange Action Forum is a space within Equal Exchange for individuals to join a virtual and physical community to network, learn, and challenge the injustices within our food system. It’s a vehicle to build an authentic and democratic community, and a tool to foster relationships that will connect us to each other and our food. Despite the system’s power to commodify every aspect of our lives, including our ability to connect with one another, here we have the opportunity to create something anew.
The National Black Farmers Association Scholarship Program application deadline for the 2017-18 academic year is April 28, 2017.
Join the 21-Day Challenge April 9-29 to create dedicated time and space to build more effective social justice habits.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is soliciting proposals for their Community Food Systems Conference.
The New England Grassroots Fund is offering the NESAWG community a special discount for the upcoming RootSkills Trainings
Megan Lehnerd, a PhD student at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition, is conducting a study to learn more about why farmers choose to participate or not participate in Farmers’ Market Nutrition Incentive or Farm to School programs. $25 Gift Certificate for participating!
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