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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Conservation, Farming, Food Safety, Food Systems, Land Use, Marketing, NESAWG Publication, Supply Chains, Waste Recovery

Authors: American Farmland Trust, Conservation Law Foundation, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group

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).

Farming, Food Systems, Local and Regional Food Systems

From the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, this Food Systems Briefs series summarizes articles published in the Journal.

Food Systems

Authors: Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education

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.

Farming, Food Access, Food Systems, Local and Regional Food Systems, NESAWG Publication, Policy & Advocacy, Supply Chains

Authors: NESAWG, the University of New Hampshire Office of Sustainability, Northeast Midwest Institute, New Hampshire Center for a Food Secure Future

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.

Food Security, Food Systems

Cases, articles, tools, and reports that tackle topics ranging from summer meals for youth to creating sustainable food systems to state and local health policy making and more. Visit


Ruth Katz

Prominent scientists and policymakers assert with confidence that there is no scientific controversy over the health effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs)—that genetically modified crops currently in commercial use and those yet to be commercialized are inherently safe for human consumption and do not have to be tested. Those who disagree are cast as ‘‘GMO deniers.’’ This article examines scientific reviews and papers on GMOs, compares the findings of professional societies, and discusses the treatment of scientists who have reported adverse effects in animal feeding experiments. This article concludes by exploring the role that politics and corporate interests have had in distorting an honest inquiry into the health effects of GMO crops.

NESAWG Publication, Farming, Food Safety, Marketing

Authors: Billie Best and Kathy Ruhf

This report explores the role of food processing and inspection regulations for farm-direct sales in a four contiguous states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont. The report is directed at policymakers and regulators as well as farmers’ market managers, farm direct-sales association leaders and other farm organizations.

NESAWG Publication, Food Systems, Land Use, Production, Supply Chains

Authors: Kathryn Ruhf and Kate Clancy

This working paper was developed by NESAWG in 2010 to elaborate a clearer understanding of regionalism and of regional food systems, including terminology and definitions and to present a mix of vision and practicality through: a) engendering a healthy debate on “local” and “regional”; b) bringing to the forefront the research that needs to be done to describe the present reality and likelihood of success of different models; and (c) proposing the development of transition scenarios toward a “re-regionalized” food system.

Food Systems

Authors: Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Farms producing similar products have become increasingly concentrated geographically over the past century in the United States (US). Due to the concentration of food production, a disruption in key production areas may reduce the availability of certain foods nationwide. Analyses of the degree to which US regions can satisfy the food needs of their resident populations—a concept the authors refer to as regional self-reliance (RSR)—are therefore warranted. They focus on the Northeast region because of its high population density and declining agricultural landbase.

Land Use

Each red dot on this Census of Agriculture map represents 20 farms that are no more, and each blue dot represents 20 new farms. In just five years, the US experienced a net loss of 90,000 farms.