Policy News

Learn more about the federal, state and local policies that impact our region, and how you can get involved.

Jul 09, 2019

It's a perilous time for undocumented farmworkers in the United States. Gabriella della Croce, Pioneer Valley Workers Center, breaks down some of the ways they are challenging injustice and building hope in this context.

Jun 12, 2019

Why you should care about the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture?

Jun 06, 2019

ORGANIZING FOR IMMIGRANT JUSTICE AND A JUST FOOD SYSTEM IN VERMONT WITH MIGRANT JUSTICE An interview with Migrant Justice’s Campaign Coordinator, Abel Luna

May 14, 2019

Fishing Partnership Support Services (FP) is a nonprofit company in Massachusetts that has been improving the health, safety, and economic security of fishing families for over 20 years. Food producers, including fishermen, deserve our support. Fishermen are critical to our local economy. For example, seven-thousand Massachusetts fishermen form the foundation of a multi-billion-dollar seafood industry that supports over 90,000 workers. Furthermore, the future looks bright for the industry. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the fishing industry will grow by 11% by 2026 - compared to 7% for all occupations.

Mar 07, 2019

Learn the results from our 2018 network policy survey

Feb 19, 2019

The Green New Deal (GND) resolution was released last week, and includes agriculture in its approach to mitigating climate change. It is intentionally written as a scaffolding for developing more specific legislation, and holds potential for our particular agricultural strengths and needs here in the Northeast. Here are some ideas to get us started.

Feb 07, 2019

Gerldine Wilson started a community garden to address food access and the need for green space in her neighborhood. Learn more about her neighborhood, and her personal journey, in the community food movement.

Nov 06, 2018

Sweet Amalia Oyster Farm owner and operator Lisa Calvo used Farm Bill funding—Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Grants—to conduct on-farm research to improve farm efficiencies and sustainable production practices to support her business and the growing shellfish industry. This is the fourth article in a series of interviews exploring how policies in the Farm Bill influence people, programs, and food systems throughout the region.

Oct 09, 2018

Tooth of the Lion Farm and Apothecary owner and farm manager Katelyn Melvin used Farm Bill funding- a Value Added Producer Grant- to build her herbal business and support marketing for her farm-grown tinctures and teas during her critical first season. This is the third in a series of interviews exploring how policies in the Farm Bill influence people, programs, and food systems throughout the region.

Aug 31, 2018

Crossroads Community Food Network uses Farm Bill funding- including the Local Food Promotion Program, Community Food Projects, and Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives Program- to build accessible markets and serve low-income food entrepreneurs in Maryland. Christie Balch, Crossroads Community Food Network’s Executive Director, answers questions about the organization, and business owner Nancia Sical shares her experience of using the community kitchen that was made possible by these Farm Bill programs.