"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!
Join the PVGrows Network to learn from local and regional efforts and craft strategies for action on the urgent and timely topics of immigration, food access, and land access through a series of speakers and discussions. Keynote speakers from Vermont's Migrant Justice will discuss their Milk with Dignity Campaign, which calls on corporations to take responsibility for the farmworker rights abuses in their supply chains. Workshops and discussions will focus on: approaches to supporting food system workers in the Pioneer Valley during this time of heightened stress and fear for foreign-born residents; food access, with an emphasis on community responses to the suspension of the Healthy Incentives Program and the threats to SNAP in the Farm Bill reauthorization process; and the challenges of land access for urban, rural, and immigrant farmers, recognizing the long history of enslavement and racial discrimination that created and maintain patterns of land and wealth ownership. Register today at: http://www.pvgrows.net/2018-pvgrows-forum/
Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast through Regional Food Systems (EFSNE) papers now available
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