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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Authors: Cheryl Staats, Research Associate II, Kirwan Institute

This report, published by the Kirwan Institute for Race and Ethnicity with funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, helps raise awareness of 30 years of findings from neurology and social and cognitive psychology showing that hidden biases operating largely under the scope of human consciousness influence the way that we see and treat others, even when we are determined to be fair and objective.

Aquaculture, Farming, Land Use, Mapping, Processes & Practices, Supply Chains, Sustainable Agriculture

Authors: Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Search for people and places in Vermont’s food system by keyword, food system category, and location.

Worker Justice, Equity, Food Justice, Food Systems, Supply Chains, Workforce

Authors: Center for Social Inclusion: Anthony Giancatarino, Program Manager; Simran Noor, Coordinator of Advocacy

The food system works for some, but fails too many of us. Yet, we already have a glimpse of the possibility of a just and healthy food system. To get there, we must use a critical race lens to diagnose what is wrong with our current system, assess entry points for change, and determine ways that we can work together to build a better system for all of us. This report by the Center for Social Inclusion shares an analysis of what it means to build a racially equitable food system – from field to farm to fork – and lays out steps toward achieving that goal.

Mapping, Marketing, Retail, Supply Chains

The Eat Local Foods Coalition developed this interactive map to help consumers and food producers connect. Make sure your favorite producers in Maine are listed!

Farming, Mapping, Marketing, Supply Chains

Use this map to find farmers' markets, family farms and other sources of sustainably grown food in an area, where consumers can buy produce, grass-fed meats and other goodies -- Visit

Food Access, Food Justice, Mapping

This interactive map from The New York Times indicates the percentage of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in every county in the country. Click here.

Food Systems, Mapping, Policy & Advocacy

This map was created by Drake University's Agricultural Law Center to help further the advancement of Food Policy Councils.

NESAWG Publication, Policy & Advocacy

Authors: Allen Hance, Kathy Ruhf and Alan Hunt

This paper explores why agriculture and food system policy needs to pay more attention to regions. Regionalism, which urges a move from sector-based to place-based policymaking, has emerged as a powerful principle in public policy. The focus of this paper is on federal policy, and the goal is to promote the integration of regionalism into farm and food policy deliberations at all levels, from local to national.

Local and Regional Food Systems, NESAWG Publication, Policy & Advocacy

Authors:  Kathryn Ruhf

The purpose of this checklist is to assess how a policy serves the northeast – or any – region. It can be used to evaluate policy proposals as well as existing policies – statutes, bills, programs, rules, regulations and directives. Regionalism has emerged as a powerful principle in public policy. It was developed as part of Northeast Ag Works! was a region-wide project to propose, promote and support public policies that sustain and foster our region’s agriculture and food system. The project gave greater voice to regional issues and needs to help build more equitable and responsive state and federal policies and programs.

NESAWG Publication, Policy & Advocacy

Authors: Kathryn Ruhf

"Are We Being Served? A Regional Framework for U.S. Food and Farm Policy" offers a vision for policy work that identifies and responds to regional characteristics and needs; and encourages regional approaches and solutions. This framework was developed by NESAWG and its partners in NORTHEAST AG WORKS! Regional Strategies for Farm and Food Policy Innovation, a project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and hosted by the New England Small Farm Institute. These partners include American Farmland Trust Northeast/New England, Conservation Law Foundation, Northeast Midwest Institute and Northeast States Assoc. for Agricultural Stewardship.