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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Education, Farm to Institution

Authors: Nathan Larson

This free, downloadable e-book shares a philosophy of teaching in the garden through fifteen guiding principles and engaging stories from the field.

Farm to Institution

Authors: Claire Fitch and Raychel Santo

This report reviews the literature and key information resources regarding institutional food service procurement systems, presents the potential benefits of a large-scale shift among institutional procurement policies, discusses some of the existing barriers to the adoption of policies that favor regionally and/or sustainably produced food, and provides recommendations and tools for influencing institutional food procurement practices

Local and Regional Food Systems

Authors: Dawn Thilmany McFadden et al.

The goal of this Toolkit is to guide and enhance the capacity of local organizations to make more deliberate and credible measurements of local and regional economic activity and other ancillary benefits.

Farming, Food Systems, Funding/Financing/Lending, Local and Regional Food Systems, Policy & Advocacy

Authors: National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

This guide provides in-depth information about what farmers need to know to submit a proposal for a USDA Value-Added Producer Grant

Farming, Policy & Advocacy

A progressive year-long storytelling effort of the Obama Administration’s work on behalf of those living, working and raising families in rural America.

Food Access, Nutrition, Policy & Advocacy

Authors: Becca Segal, Jessie Hewins, Mieka Sanderson, Catlin Nchako, Zoë Neuberger, Lexin Cai, and Alison Maurice

The report summarizes data about the Community Eligibility Provision, gathered by USDA, in collaboration with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

Farm to Institution, Food Systems, Local and Regional Food Systems, Mapping

This maps show how your state measured up in the recent USDA Farm to School Census

Local and Regional Food Systems, Policy & Advocacy

Authors: National Conference of State Legislatures

This report, funded by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, focuses on state legislation in all 50 states enacted between 2012 and 2014 that aimed to strengthen various components of local food systems.

Food Systems, Supply Chains, Worker Justice, Workforce

The Winter 2015-16 Issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development - Special Topic: Labor in the Food System

Equity, Farming, Food Systems, Policy & Advocacy

This report, from the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California Berkeley, provides an in-depth analysis of the US Farm Bill with a particular focus on how Farm Bill policies are shaped by corporate power and how such policies affect the lives of marginalized communities.