Keep up with the latest policy news, USDA Funding Announcements, and food systems happenings in the Northeast.
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.
Tess Brown-Lavoie owns and farms in Rhode Island at Sidewalk Ends Farm. She is also a member of the Justice and Agriculture working group, which is part of a broader local agriculture community organized under the Young Farmer Network, works on policy and programs related to agricultural lands as the RI Field Agent at Land For Good, and serves as the President of the National Young Farmer Coalition. Learn more about the challenges and solutions she is addressing locally and nationally, in her own words.
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This year's It Takes a Region will be held in Jersey City, NJ, on November 7th, 8th, 9th. Are you interested in shaping the conference to meet specific needs of the food system? Join the 2019 Conference Planning Committee! Email your expression of interest, including briefly why you would like to join the CPC, to [email protected] by March 4th. Conference Planning Committee members are expected to: Attend 1 monthly Zoom call of approximately 1 hour between March - November Complete follow-up tasks between meetings (approximately ½ hour to 1 hour per month) related to promoting the Request for Proposals and reviewing submissions, planning pre-conferences, promoting the conference to your network, and strategizing on conference programming Conference Planning Committee members in good standing (attendance at 7 of 9 monthly meetings and successful completion of tasks) will receive: Listing as a Committee member with a bio and photo on the conference website Opportunity to shape conference program to meet specific needs of their area of the food system Free registration A full travel scholarships for those who require it to attend Got questions or want to apply? Email [email protected]
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.
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.
Julie Rosali Garay-Perez is a senior at Eastern Connecticut State University and the Youth Organizer at F.R.E.S.H. New London. Learn more about her journey of self-discovery through food justice and the her experience at the recent It Takes a Region conference.
As one part of our commitment to racial equity and food justice, Food Solutions New England (FSNE) has been working to normalize conversations about the role of racism in shaping our food systems (local, regional, national and global). We believe that by building awareness, shifting attitudes and changing behaviors, we can create conditions to increase capacity and fuel courage to identify and address the different ways that bias, prejudice, privilege, and oppression show up in our work and lives. We are also realizing that one of the powerful ways to change institutional and structural racism in the food system is to continue to support changes at the level of the individuals who can influence these structures.
Larkin Christie is a non-binary 17 year old activist and writer. This a reflection on their recent experience attending NESAWg's It Takes a Region Conference, and suggestions for how the food movement can better include marginalized communities.
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.