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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Equity, Food Justice, NESAWG Publication, Worker Justice, Workforce

Authors: Elizabeth Henderson, Jack Bradigan Spula

More than 7.6 million people in this country are employed in food and beverage service and related jobs. Yet many - perhaps most - of these food sector workers remain largely invisible to the American consumer. This paper explores the strengths and weaknesses of the current system and encourages us to develop strategies that will move towards long-term systems change in which the outcomes include justice and fairness for all, including the food system labor force.

NESAWG Publication, Food Systems

This report presents an overview of the first reports that the 14 land-grant universities in the Northeast submitted to USDA-CSREES in response to the Stakeholder Rule, which Congress passed to encourage broader and more transparent roles for stakeholders in the system of Agricultural Experiment Stations, Land Grant Universities, and Cooperative Extension. The report addresses the complexities and challenges associated with the Stakeholder Rule process and includes recommendations.

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.

Education, Farming, Food Systems, Policy & Advocacy, Processes & Practices, Sustainable Agriculture

2014 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: JIM HIGHTOWER Watch Food System Reformer's Keynote Address at our 2014 It Takes A Region Conference.

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.