In our role as the leading convener of food systems practitioners in the Northeast, we curate a library of resources on critical farm and food issues. We also publish our own papers and reports —from our seminal It Takes a Region: Exploring a Regional Food Systems Approach to Good Food for All Summary Report.  As we compile publications, maps, videos, and other materials, we will make them available here.​ You can share resources with us as well. 

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The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) analyzed 189 organic agriculture research, education, and extension projects funded by the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) and Organic Transitions (ORG) competitive research grant programs from 2002-2014.

Food Access, Food Systems, Policy & Advocacy

Authors: Amanda Essex, Douglas Shinkle and Mindy Bridges

This report examines state legislation in all 50 states enacted between 2012 and 2014 that aimed to strengthen various components of local food systems.

Aquaculture, Farming, Fisheries & Seafood, Food Access, Food Justice, Food Systems, Land Use, Local and Regional Food Systems, Mapping

An interactive map of the many components of Maryland's food system layered with health and demographic data.

Food Safety, Processes & Practices, Processing

Authors: Niche Meat Processing

Installment 2 of 4 in "Crash Course in Local Meat Processing." Learn the basic rules of local meat processing


Authors: Niche Meat Processing

Great resource (1 of 4) from Niche Meat Processing on the basics of local meat processing.

Land Use, Mapping

A re-envisioning of the 50 United States as 7 "mega regions" based around metropolitan clusters and regional infrastructure.

Food Hubs

Authors: Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

The 2015 National Food Hub Survey and its predecessor, the 2013 National Food Hub Survey, represent a broad effort to aggregate national level data on the characteristics and impact of food hubs


Authors: Kirwan Institute

A study mapping opportunity in the Gulf Coast super region.

Farm to Institution, Supply Chains

Authors:  Nessa Richman

“Getting it There: The Role of New England Food Distributors in Providing Local Food to Institutions” presents in-depth findings and makes specific, data-based recommendations for food distributors – including food hubs – as well as government officials, funders and institutions.


These tools provide a structured framework for implementing story-based strategy.