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weekend reading: Coronavirus, meat, and food systems

From Marion Nestle's remarkable blog Food Politics, three articles not to miss out on this weekend: "Three exceptionally thoughtful and interesting pieces by people who have been writing about food and food systems for a long time".... Jane Ziegelman in the New York Times: America’s Obsession With Cheap Meat Eric Schlosser in The Atlantic:  America’s Slaughterhouses Aren’t […]

Posted: May 23 2020
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COVID-19 STIMULUS PACKAGE FOR THE FOOD SYSTEM

Huge gratitude to the National Family Farm Coalition, Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance, WhyHunger, FarmAid, the HEAL Food Alliance and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy for putting together these policy recommendations responding to the $2 trillion Senate stimulus bill. These coalitions are concerned that the stimulus bill "and other existing proposals have too few […]

Posted: March 26 2020
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have you heard about regroup farm?

ReGroup.Farm is the tale and reality of a group of Boomers, Gen X-er's and Millennials found themselves on a farm in the Midwest. They recognized that something very interesting was happening in society at large, that in spite of all the division and decay of rural towns, that these phenomena can be reversed. In fact this […]

Posted: November 11 2017
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read: with only 60 years of harvests left, how do we transform our food systems?

Elise Wach from the Indie Farmer wrote an article published last week that explores the necessary trajectory of the future of farming. At a time when industrial agricultural systems are depleting our soil and placing quantity of produce and profit before quality and ecological health, this discussion is crucial. She also addresses the myths and […]

Posted: October 24 2017
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california: do not make an uber mistake with homemade food laws

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT6A3kWTsNM&w=560&h=315] Learn more and take action at the Sustainable Economies Law Center!

Posted: April 25 2017
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latest ourland episode is out! and it's awesome

The latest episode of our land is live. Good for thinking, dreaming, and getting a little teary-eyed.

Posted: April 11 2017
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a market for mutton "would change everything"

Move over Lamb Chop: a market for mutton could be a huge boon for New England farmers.

Posted: April 3 2017
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call for film submissions for change making tool-kits

Inspire food activists around the country: submit your film now!

Posted: March 20 2017
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maine asks trump to make sail freight a reality

Maine submits a request for a barge route to New York City. Now where have we heard that idea before...?

Posted: March 16 2017
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what an english sheep farmer has to say about rural america

"The future we've been sold doesn't work."

Posted: March 10 2017
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food system fellowship in virginia

Growing Food, Building Community AMI Fellowship Program: 2017 Applications Available Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking inspiring individuals to participate in the sixth cohort of our AMI Fellowship program. The 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system.  The Fellowship is a program […]

Posted: January 28 2017
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dogfish: a shark for breakfast?

NPR's The Salt on why dogfish, a shark that is plentiful off the coast of New England, is primarily exported to Europe for consumption while Americans import 90% of the fish they consume.

Posted: January 8 2017
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get active in SF: people's harvest forum

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and food justice, food sovereignty, and veganism are your bag, check out the People's Harvest Forum. Tickets are still available to this four-day event in San Francisco's Mission District starting this Friday, December 9th. The conference is organized by Seed the Commons and includes a diverse group […]

Posted: December 8 2016
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agrarian trust in the news

You may have missed this in the swamp of election news last week: In These Times published this excellent run-down of Agrarian Trust, the recent symposium, and the land use problems that challenge regional food systems. “Increasingly, communities recognize that a regional farm economy is more responsive, adaptive, resilient and culturally satisfying,” says von Tscharner Fleming. “We want more […]

Posted: November 20 2016
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seven ways to be a better leader in systems change

Oh man, we just love this: Seven Lessons for Leaders in Systems Change. Great for educators, activists, community leaders, farmers, and-- generally-- everyone who gives a damn. Here's a taste, but please click-through to read the full piece at at the Center for Ecoliteracy. Lesson #1:  To promote systems change, foster community and cultivate networks. […]

Posted: November 2 2016
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what kind of farming will we have in the next century??

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYPAGC2m2lc] Seriously, we really want to know, and so do these film makers. Specifically, they're focussing on the chicken industry, asking, if chicken is America’s favorite meat, generating more than $30 billion a year in revenue, but who benefits from this multi-billion dollar industry? Spoiler alert! It's not the farmers. This is a story […]

Posted: October 18 2016
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slow money decelorator, boulder, co, oct. 21

Slow Money is hosting the world’s first Decelerator on October 21st, bringing together all who care about Colorado food systems and want to find new ways to invest in them! The day-long event will take place at beautiful Lone Hawk Farm, just north of Boulder. Learn more and register at www.decelerator.org.

Posted: October 17 2016
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nytimes photo essay gives mind-blowing bird-eye view of industrial ag

We can't more strongly encourage you to view and share George Steinmetz's New York Times Magazine's piece "Super Size: the Dizzying Grandeur of 21st Century Agriculture." It, in no small way, puts things in perspective.

Posted: October 6 2016
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early bird registration to tackle "wicked problems"

Earlybird registration for NESAWG's 2016 It Takes a Region Conference is now open. The Conference, now in its 23rd year, brings together practitioners and professionals from across the Northeast to explore ideas that move us towards a more sustainable and just farm and food system. This year's conference theme is Tackling Wicked Problems in Food […]

Posted: August 24 2016
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documentary: the hand that feeds

[vimeo 52870881 w=640 h=360] The Hand That Feeds trailer from Robin Blotnick, a film on reforming the food system by organizing from the ground up for fair wages, fair working conditions, and collective bargaining rights. This is a rare story in which workers, with tenacity beyond imagination, are actually able to defeat the giant. It is […]

Posted: July 14 2016
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fund the library for food sovereignty!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWl-Rp7XjaY] Donate at the indigogo page here! In the creators' own words, "A Growing Culture (AGC) is a global coalition that connects farmers to each other and to the resources they need to create an ecologically sound food system and prosperous planet. We are building the world’s first digital, open-access platform powered by farmers, for farmers. The Library […]

Posted: June 14 2016
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march for farmworker justice continues

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdY2jAJfARI] Read our blog post from yesterday for more info! Today the walkers are walking from Garrison to Wappingers Falls.

Posted: May 25 2016
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kale, racial justice, and reclaiming our collective right to the earth

  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StygQm6YlwQ] A beautiful walk around Soul Fire Farm with the thoughtful, insightful, and fiercely passionate Leah Penniman. This film was produced by The Next System Project and the Laura Flanders Show, as part of their series on gender, race, and the next system. I'd write more about the farm, but my paraphrasing would never be as powerful […]

Posted: April 5 2016
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free webinar on collaborative trade and fair markets

Yellow Seed, a nonprofit organization that facilitates connections between farmers and fair markets, recently partnered with Impact Hub Berkley, a social impact working hub out of the Bay Area, to host six curated working groups to focus on Collaborative Trade. The project was called From the Ground Up: Change Accelerator and aimed to "design healthy, global food supply chains […]

Posted: April 5 2016
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just food forum on land access, rights, and ecology: march 25-26, cambridge, ma

Posted: February 7 2016
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peasants will feed the world

Pat Mooney from the ETC Group Canada talks about the rise and influence of agribusiness and asserts that it is peasant farmers who will feed the world’s growing population, provided they have control over their own seeds and food systems.

Posted: January 8 2016