Find Help in Discussion and Work Groups

Collaboration is critical to any network, and NESAWG's discussion and work groups connect people throughout the region and across sectors. Groups meet at our annual It Takes a Region conference to network, share resources and best practices, identify gaps, and brainstorm solutions. Group participants continue the discussions and share resources through our online forums below.

Some groups learn best practices from one another and share strategies; others get involved in grant-funded projects together. Innovative projects groups have partnered on include:

Want to be part of the conversation? Join a group today and gain access to online discussion forums to post your inquiries, share your ideas and take action to strengthen our regional food system.  (Note: you must have a NESAWG profile to join a group.)

Diet, Geography & Access

Diet, Geography, Access and Public Health (DGAP) is exploring persistent patterns of food system inequities, particularly in communities of color and economically or socially disadvantaged communities.

Distribution and Food Hubs

The Distribution and Food Hubs Work Group meets at the annual NESAWG conference to discuss issues, challenges, and best practices related to food hubs, value chains, and other strategies for wholesale distribution that support sustainable food systems goals and benefit all food systems stakeholders.

Food Censorship & Misinformation

This group focuses on censorship of sustainable food and farming issues in the media and academia, and what we can do to address it.

Food Safety

This workgroup is an open forum to address and join together on specific activities regarding implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, GAPs and other certifications, farmer education, and one-size-fits-all regulations.

Food Systems Financing

This group is for folks interested or working on funding sustainable food systems initiatives, including foundations, financial institutions and angel investors as well as business intermediaries and researchers.

Food Systems Planning

The Food Systems Planning Work Group is a community of practice for those engaged in planning activities that impact the food system. Members include regional and municipal planners, food policy council members, and others engaged in food system plans and policies.

Labor & Trade

This workgroup will continue discussions on linking the sustainable agriculture movement with food workers in order to change the food system.

Research and Assessment

NESAWG's Research & Assessment Group includes a diversity of practitioners, funders, researchers, planners, educators, advocates and others in its membership. We share an interest in more informed decision making and programming.