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Vision and Collaboration 

As we approach the end of the year, we invite you to learn more about the Food Solutions New England network activities in 2015: 

Food Summit

The fifth annual New England Food Summit was held in June in Boston, MA. The summit included a focus on racial equity in the food system, as well as the issue of fair price and what it might take to have economic justice across the food chain. The next Summit will be held June 8-9, 2016 in Bridgeport, CT. Be on the lookout for the delegation call for nominations this winter!

 

Putting the Vision to Work
In 2015 “A New England Food Vision,” a collaborative report that calls for our region to build the capacity to produce at least 50% of clean, just, and accessible food for all New Englanders by 2060, was the subject of a webinar and a briefing. The Vision was also featured in news stories and at events across the region, including the Boston Local Food Festival.

 

Working for Racial Equity
In January 2015, Food Solutions New England launched an Ambassador program to share the Vision with diverse communities across Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island; to create a space for more racially diverse leadership and mentorship opportunities in the food system; and to build greater connectivity between community efforts and the broader regional food system and racial equity agenda.  

Also as part of its commitment to racial equity and food justice in the food system, Food Solutions New England hosted a 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge to promote dialogue on race and equity. Nearly 200 people signed up to further their connections to understanding and addressing racism, and many more participated as part of a course or on their own. Check out our resource list for continued learning.

 

Cultivating Leaders
In October, Food Solutions New England hosted a retreat for emerging leaders in Hartford, CT. The retreat was a gathering of emerging leader delegates from past New England Food Summits, as well as other young leaders in Connecticut working to create a more just and sustainable food system. The retreat provided an opportunity to connect and collaborate with young leaders from across the New England region, learn more about issues of racial equity and food justice in the food system, and strengthen leadership and collaboration skills.

 

Food System Mapping
The Food Solutions New England Network Team recently completed the first phase of a system mapping process. Through this process, we collectively identified four key leverage areas where our collaborative action can have its greatest impact for shifting the food system towards sustainability: leadership development, public engagement and mobilization, linking knowledge with a new food system narrative, and making the business case for food economies that are vibrant, equitable, and ecologically sound. The next phase of the process will include developing action plans for the leverage areas. 

Welcome

The UNH Sustainability Institute, which provides backbone support for the Food Solutions New England network, will be welcoming Miriam E. Nelson as their Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer and Director in March of 2016. Nelson, who is currently Associate Dean of Tufts University’s Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and Professor of Nutrition at its Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, brings a wealth of experience to UNH. She played a key role on the 2010 and 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committees by shining a national spotlight on the connection between diet and sustainability. She is the author of 10 books and her research has been the foundation of the Strong Women Program, a community-based public health program for women implemented in more than 35 states.  

 

Communication and Collaboration
Stay in touch, find out what’s going on around the region, and let us know what you’re working out through our website, Facebook, and twitter.

Our blog posts covered a variety of topics related to the network and our regional food system including the opening of the Boston Public Market; UNH student research, inspired by the Vision, further investigating the land footprint and diet implications; a series on cooperative businesses in Maine, from worker co-ops to producer co-ops to Maine Farm and Sea, a co-op seeking the University of Maine’s food service contract; opportunities for hospital-community collaboration in Connecticut; and much more.  Follow the RSS feed to keep up with the latest.

On our Stories and Inspiration page highlights included refugee and immigrant farmers working with New Lands Farm in Massachusetts and Fresh Start Farms in New Hampshire.

Other resources on the website include videos, reports, an events calendar launched this year through a collaborative effort, and opportunities to learn more, take action on policy issues, and get involved to protect our food system for the future.

Thank you for being part of this network. Working together, through our collective impact, we can create a more sustainable and just food system in our region and beyond.

We wish you a wonderful winter 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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