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Former NESAWG staff and longtime food systems advocate Kathy Ruhf reflects on her decades of organizing as part of a series commemorating the 25th anniversary of the It Takes a Region NESAWG conference.
When the House of Representatives’ Farm Bill failed to pass, it was a victory for sustainable ag and food justice advocates, but the story behind its failure is important for all of us working on food system issues.
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.
Tracy Lerman, NESAWG Executive Director, reflects on the past, current, and future food movement as part of our year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary It Takes a Region conference.
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.
5 questions for Malaika Giplin, 2018 It Takes a Region Conference Organizer
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on their version of the Farm Bill shortly, while the Senate Agriculture Committee is still working on their draft. That means that now is STILL a key time to educate your senators about the Farm Bill issues that matter to you. Marker bills- pieces of Farm Bill legislation that Members of Congress introduce to build support around key issues- are still being introduced, and you can use them to point your legislators toward the issues you care about. It’s also a great time to let your congressperson know whether you support the House’s Farm Bill draft (you can ask them to vote no), or what amendments you would like to see in the draft. Here’s a list of some current marker bills that represent GOOD things that may make it into this year's Farm Bill. Consider signing onto a letter of support as an organization or individual, or take a moment to call, email, or meet with your 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!
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