Keep up with the latest policy news, USDA Funding Announcements, and food systems happenings in the Northeast.
In January 2022, a legacy project that culminated in a report and webinar was presented to the NESAWG community and met with backlash for failing to center BIPOC perspectives and anti-racist analyses. In April, NESAWG held a network conversation about growth, lessons learned and future building. Read the recap here!
This month we chatted with Pollinator Pathway Board Member, Louise Washer to learn more about her work and the importance of pollinator gardens.
As we all know, the Northeast has been hit with extreme high temperatures, much like other areas of the country, of Europe, and of the entire world. Farmers, growers, animals, plants- we are all feeling it. Sadly, this might result in “heatflation” - a further rise in food prices due to heat, drought, wildfires, bodies of water drying up, pest invasion, and entire crop production being severely compromised.
On April 2022, Lakota Chief Arvol Looking Horse issued a call to all peoples and all faiths around the globe to come in unity for the protection and healing of Mother Earth. Narragansett Indian Tribal Elders, in partnership with Native Green, echoed that call and held a sunrise and a sunset ceremony by the Ocean on January 21st on unceded territory in what is now known as the state of Rhode Island. NESAWG interviewed Bella Noka, Narragansett Tribal Elder.
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Intentional and systemic racism and historic disinvestment in Black communities has led to the circumstances of the tragic white-supremacist terrorist attack that left ten people dead and three wounded at a neighborhood grocery store on Saturday. We are calling on policy makers to implement policies that will end acute and chronic violence against Black people. We are calling on policy makers and everyone to invest in Black communities and Black-led initiatives. We are calling on people to exert pressure on elected officials and everyone in their sphere of influence to demand an end to extreme and chronic violence toward Black people.
Our new Executive Director, Cristina Cabrera, joined the NESAWG team on April 4th. We are so excited to have her wisdom, experience, and perspective guiding our work!
NESAWG is fortunate enough to be part of such a rich network and have the wonderful opportunity to work with BIPOC organizations that are fighting towards critical change. We'd like to share a few highlights of NESAWG programming over the years that feature individuals and groups that have been doing the work to create a just and equitable food system and continue to build a sustainable food landscape for all of us.
Walden Mutual is the first new mutual banking charter in New Hampshire in 100 years! Walden's mission is to provide financing options for farmers and other agricultural entrepreneurs throughout New England and New York. Christina Johantgen, Head of Marketing at Walden Mutual Bank, shares about her journey to the banking industry and what Walden hopes to accomplish in the next 5 years.