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Vision and Collaboration 

Looking back at 2014 in the Food Solutions New England Network

As we approach the end of the year, we are taking a moment to reflect on 2014 as the Food Solutions New England network took some big steps towards greater connectivity and alignment thanks to the openness and commitment of everyone participating in this work.
 
The fourth annual New England Food Summit was held in June in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The summit included a focus on urban and metropolitan food system issues, as well as the central place of justice and racial equity in food system sustainability. Over 150 delegates participated in the summit as part of six state delegations, a young professionals delegation (ages 19-29), a food system funder delegation, and a crosscutting delegation of individuals working at the regional level.
 
The 2014 summit marked the release of “A New England Food Vision,” a collaborative report that calls for our region to build our capacity to produce at least 50% of clean, just, and accessible food for all New Englanders by 2060.
 
Since then, the Vision has been used in planning processes including by the Rhode Island Food Policy Council and the Henry P. Kendall Foundation. The Vision has been featured in a number of news stories and at events across the region, including the Boston Local Food Festival and Maine Fare.
 
The Food Solutions New England network aims to bring attention to and action around issues of racial equity and food justice. Following this lead, the Vermont Farm to Plate Network gathering in October and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group conference in November both included discussions of and commitments to address race and equity.
 
In September, FSNE was proud to be a diamond-level supporter of the 2014 National Association of State Directors of Agriculture (NASDA). A central goal of this sponsorship and participation was to contribute the perspectives of sustainable agriculture and food systems to NASDA deliberations on how to work together to make our food system more sustainable.

Also in September, Food Solutions New England launched its new website, including a blog that covers a variety of topics related to the network and our regional food system. Posts highlight the activities of the network which move the region towards the Vision - from grassroots efforts, including a commercial kitchen in Connecticut and a community garden in New Hampshire, to state networks, including Maine Food Strategy’s work on fisheries, to federal policy, including the Food Safety Modernization Act. The blog, videos, reports, and other resources on the website feature current issues to increase awareness, share inspiration and opportunities to get involved, and help us as a region to develop strategies to protect our food system now and into the future.
 
We want to thank you for your ongoing dedication to and passion for creating a more sustainable food system in our region and beyond. None of us can do this alone. This work, with its many challenges and rewards, must be done together.
 
We wish you a wonderful holiday season and look forward to connecting with you in the new year!

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Sharing stories and inspiration about our New England food system work helps us to connect with one another, find greater empathy and compassion, and motivates us to continue on with our work. Share your food system story with us!
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New England Food Vision

The vision is a collaborative report that considers the future of our region: a future in which food nourishes a social, economic and environmental landscape that supports a high quality of life for everyone, including generations to come.
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