Keep up with the latest policy news, USDA Funding Announcements, and food systems happenings in the Northeast.
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.
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.
Dr. Samina Raja is a global leader in food systems planning.
Welcome Cheyenna Layne Weber!