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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NESAWG Publication, Policy & Advocacy

Authors: Kathy Lawrence and Kathryn Ruhf

Does your organization want to get more involved in public policy advocacy? Would you like to have a greater policy impact at the local, state or national level? Would your board and staff like to get clearer on your policy priorities and activity options? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this Handbook is for you. This Handbook will help your organization become more effective in your policy advocacy work. It gives you information and a process for your group to make decisions about policy advocacy activities.

NESAWG Publication, Food Systems, Marketing, Processing, Production, Retail, Supply Chains

Authors: Kathryn Ruhf and Kate Clancy

This publication was developed by the Northeast Regional Lead Team Project, which investigated a variety of value chain initiatives in the Northeast region. They wanted to understand the location and reach of these chains, and to learn their histories, structure, market relationships, support networks, challenges and needs from the perspective of the “driver.” Between December 2008 and May 2009, the team interviewed the key principle in each of 35 regional value chains. This publication provides a descriptive analysis of that information.

NESAWG Publication, Food Access

Authors: Margaret Christie, CISA and Kathy Ruhf, NESAWG,

"Good Food for All in Southern New England” is a planning and assessment project that allowed Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA), NESAWG and partner organizations to review the current status of healthy, regionally grown food with respect to increasing the market share of this food, and simultaneously improving access to this food for low income residents of our region through large-scale market outlets.

Farming, Food Security, Land Use, Mapping, NESAWG Publication, Supply Chains

Michael Conrad and Kubi Ackerman, Urban Design Lab

This presentation by The Urban Design Lab, part of Columbia University's Earth Institute, makes a case for regionalizing the food system to effect positive change on our public health. The presentation was made at NESAWG's 2010 It Takes a Region Conference.

Food Safety, Food Systems, Livestock, NESAWG Publication, Supply Chains, Sustainable Agriculture

Authors: Sam Fuller, NOFA Vermont and NESAWG Processing Infrastructure Workgroup

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.

Land Use

Authors: U.S. Geological Survey

Enter your zip code or state and learn about water quality monitoring and assessments, information provided by the U.S. Geological Survey, and find (and add!) citizen science projects in your area.

Food Systems

Authors: Food Solutions New England

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.

Land Use

This map shows efforts supported by USDA and other federal partners as well as related information on local and regional food systems for the years 2009-2012.

Farming, Land Use, Livestock

Authors: Food & Water Watch

This interactive map illustrates something that people in rural America have known for a long time: factory farms farms have grown in number, and these facilities are overwhelming some regions of the country, including parts of our region.

Food Systems, Policy & Advocacy

Authors: The National Farm to School Network

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.