This report represents outcomes of the Processing Infrastructure Workgroup formed at NESAWG's November 2009 It Takes a Region Conference and reflects the group's meat production and processing research and planning efforts at two scales: the Northeast region and the state of Vermont.
A New England Food Vision describes a future in which New England produces at least half of the region’s food—and no one goes hungry. Developed by Food Solutions New England, it proposes changes in food production, distribution, and consumption reaching from the most rural areas to the densest cities—across the entire food system.
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) launched a pioneering and highly anticipated new resource, Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School, that defines the outcomes that farm to school has the potential to achieve and offers common language, guidelines and metrics to understand those outcomes for the first time. The framework is organized around four key sectors: public health, community economic development, education and environmental quality. Beyond the four sectors, the framework is also structured around three levels of action: program, research and policy.
This report presents an overview of the first reports that the 14 land-grant universities in the Northeast submitted to USDA-CSREES in response to the Stakeholder Rule, which Congress passed to encourage broader and more transparent roles for stakeholders in the system of Agricultural Experiment Stations, Land Grant Universities, and Cooperative Extension. The report addresses the complexities and challenges associated with the Stakeholder Rule process and includes recommendations.
This report contributes to efforts across New England to promote a more regionally focused, healthier, economically vibrant, resilient, just and environmentally sustainable food system for New England. It reflects the collaborative work of three partners: American Farmland Trust (AFT); Conservation Law Foundation (CLF); and Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG).
From the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, this Food Systems Briefs series summarizes articles published in the Journal.
The Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (SARE), a federal program administered by the USDA to advance American agriculture, released its biannual report, highlighting several projects it funds in our region.
Northeast Farms to Food (NEFTF), published in 2002 and updated in 2004 and 2006, provides a comprehensive look at the Northeast food and farming system from production through processing and distribution to consumption and diet. It includes over 100 charts and graphs, “farm and food facts,” explanatory text and a chapter on findings and recommendations.
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