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.
The 4th Annual NH Food System Statewide Gathering will bring together 200+ individuals, organizations, businesses, and institutions working to strengthen our local food system. Our focus this year will be on "Cultivating our Collective Voice" and harnessing the power of our connections and relationships to shape local and state food policy. Through engaging workshops and dialogue, we'll explore how we can best collaborate and advocate to support our farms, fisheries, and food businesses, who in turn, sustain healthy communities and our vibrant working landscapes. ​ The NH Food Alliance is thrilled to co-host the event this year with NH Farm to School. It's an opportunity for the Alliance to welcome new partners and to celebrate the amazing work NH Farm to School is doing to catalyze food system transformation in communities across the state.
Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices - from organic agriculture to the farm cooperative and the CSA - have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led to our decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land. Further, Black communities suffer disproportionately from illnesses related to lack of access to fresh food and healthy natural ecosystems. Soul Fire Farm, cofounded by author, activist, and farmer Leah Penniman, is committed to ending racism and injustice in our food system. Through programs such as the Black-Latinx Farmers Immersion, a sliding-scale farmshare CSA, and Youth Food Justice leadership training, Soul Fire Farm is part of a global network of farmers working to increase farmland stewardship by people of color, restore Afro-indigenous farming practices, and end food apartheid. And now, with the new book Farming While Black, Soul Fire Farm extends that work by offering the first comprehensive manual for African-heritage people ready to reclaim our rightful place of dignified agency in the food system. Join us to learn how you too can be part of the movement for food sovereignty and help build a food system based on justice, dignity, and abundance for all members of our community.
The Harvest New England Agricultural Marketing Conference and Trade Show is New England’s premier agricultural marketing conference. Sponsored by the six New England State Departments of Agriculture, this biennial conference began in 2007. This will be the seventh conference. With more than 800 people in attendance and a trade show of almost 100 exhibitors, this is New England’s largest agricultural conference solely dedicated to agricultural marketing.
The Farm to Institution New England team is pleased to announce that our 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit will be held on April 2-4, 2019 at UMass Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts.
On December 6, 2018, Mass. Farm to School will hold its fifth statewide conference, the Massachusetts Farm & Sea to School Conference. This year’s theme is Setting the Table: Communities Creating Change. The conference seeks to amplify traditionally underrepresented voices in the Massachusetts food system and identify strategies and resources for promoting racial equity and social justice as we grow the farm & sea to school movement. The conference brings together individuals interested in farm and sea to school efforts in early care and education (ECE), K-12, and college environments, including, but not limited to, farmers, educators, food service professionals, wellness and public health professionals, student leaders, community organizers, policymakers, parent advocates. Join us for a daylong event with workshops, panel discussions, and networking!
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