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, Farming, Food Justice, Policy & Advocacy

Authors: Eileen E. Schell, Syracuse University

This article, published in 2015. examines racialized rhetoric in food and farming politics.

Equity, Food Justice, Food Systems, Local and Regional Food Systems, Worker Justice, Workforce

Authors: Anel Guel and Rich Pirog, Michigan State University

This annotated bibliography provides current research and outreach on structural racism in the U.S. food system for food system practitioners, researchers, and educators.

Farming, Food Hubs, Local and Regional Food Systems, Metrics, Supply Chains

Authors: Farm Credit East, Wallace Center at Winrock International, Morse Marketing Connections and Farm Credit Council,

Are food hubs able to support themselves with their operations? What management decisions make the most financial difference? This 2015 report, coordinated by the NGFN Food Hub Collaboration presents a set of financial and operational performance benchmarks to measure and analyze food hubs. By attempting to establish a basis for comparing results across food hubs, a business sector that is both new and multipurpose, this study sheds light on food hubs as business enterprises. Determining such metrics is an important step in the local and regional food sector’s evolution.

Farming, Food Systems, Policy & Advocacy

Authors: National Young Farmers Coalition

A 2015 survey from the National Young Farmers Coalition documenting how student loan debt prevents young people from pursuing careers in agriculture.

Conservation, Farm to Institution, Farming, Food Hubs, Food Safety, Local and Regional Food Systems, Policy & Advocacy, Supply Chains

Authors: Sarah A. Low, Aaron Adalja, Elizabeth Beaulieu, Nigel Key, Steve Martinez, Alex Melton, Agnes Perez, Katherine Ralston, Hayden Stewart, Shellye Suttles, and Stephen Vogel, of USDA Economic Research Service; Becca B.R. Jablonski, of Colorado State Univ

This U.S. Department of Agriculture Report provides an overview of local and regional food systems across several dimensions.

Farm to Institution, Farming, Local and Regional Food Systems, Processes & Practices, Supply Chains

Authors: Melissa Deas, Consensus Building Institute

This report was developed to tell the story of Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and to better understand how network organizations can be an effective means for change.


Authors: Kari Hamerschlag, Anna Lappe, and Stacy Malkan

This report documents unprecedented levels of spending from front groups, trade associations, anti-GMO labeling campaigns, federal check-off programs and vast corporate marketing budgets aimed at defusing public concern about the risks of chemical-intensive industrial agriculture and undermining the reputation of organic food.

Farming, Food Systems, Local and Regional Food Systems

A Toolkit to Help Your Community Understand the Economic Impacts of Your Local Food System Initiatives, from the eXtension Local and Regional Food Systems Community of Practice

Climate Change, Forestry

The Northeast Regional Climate Hub Assessment examines climate change vulnerability and adaptation and mitigation strategies, from the USDA's Northeast Regional Climate Hub

Food Access, Food Justice, Food Security

Authors: Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

A 2015 report by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF), in collaboration with the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, found that one in four of the city’s residents live in so-called food deserts with limited access to healthy foods.