Northeast Food Knowledge Ecosystem

NESAWG has convened an ambitious project – a virtual network to help organizations find the information and collaboration they seek to improve our food system – a “knowledge ecosystem.”  Bringing together researchers, practitioners and other food system advocates, the Northeast Food Knowledge Ecosystem (NEFKE) project is using cutting-edge technology to address gaps and inconsistencies in our collective knowledge.  Most importantly, we will strengthen connections among existing efforts and resources.

The goal of this project is to assess, manage, share and use information to meet food system goals.  Our initial focus will be on farm-to-institution efforts in New England, with Farm to Institution New England (FINE) serving as our pilot “backbone organization.”

In Year One, we will:

  1. Support FINE’s efforts to measure progress and impact by researching metrics and indicators and sharing findings through workshops, forums and trainings.
  2. Explore mapping tools that could be used to identify stakeholders, geographic locations, relationships and roles.
  3. Lay the groundwork for a regional online registry describing people, organizations, ­­activities, resources and expertise across the Northeast, and the connections that exist among them.
  4. Explore other relevant food system collaborative web platforms for possible future application.

This project is funded by the John Merck Fund.  Click here for more information. >