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Keep up with the latest policy news, USDA Funding Announcements, and food systems happenings in the Northeast.

Jul 11, 2018

NESAWG staff and board strongly condemn our government’s inhumane and unjust actions against immigrants and call humane treatment for everyone seeking to enter this country whether they are escaping violence, pursuing a better life, or joining family members who already live here. We acknowledge that all people except those indigenous to this land are settlers (regardless of status as immigrants or enslaved peoples), and that the legacy of land theft and racism can be traced from colonization to our present crisis. READ MORE

Jul 10, 2018

This innovative start-up uses Farm Bill funding to open new markets for local seafood and employ local youth in Philadelphia. We sat down with Project Director Talia Young to discuss the ins and outs of starting a youth-run business and connecting urban customers to rural fisherpeople, food chain workers, and seafood seasonality.

Jun 29, 2018

Black food co-ops are springing up across the nation. Learn more about them and the work of the start-up Central Brooklyn Food Coop.

Jun 15, 2018

Former NESAWG staff and longtime food systems advocate Kathy Ruhf reflects on her decades of organizing as part of a series commemorating the 25th anniversary of the It Takes a Region NESAWG conference.

Jun 05, 2018

When the House of Representatives’ Farm Bill failed to pass, it was a victory for sustainable ag and food justice advocates, but the story behind its failure is important for all of us working on food system issues.

Jun 05, 2018

Mike Weaver is a poultry farmer working to hold Big Ag accountable for its treatment of contract farmers.

May 25, 2018

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of NESAWG’s It Takes a Region conference we’re talking with food systems organizers and practitioners who are at the forefront of change in our region. What have these leaders seen over the past 25 years, and where do they see us heading? What do we need to know about the opportunities and constraints imposed by our current political climate, and how can we move together, as a collection of diverse communities, into a united food movement? Our first reflection is from Jose Oliva, co-director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance, who generously shared his story and the work of food chain workers around the country who are innovating tactics and building power to transform not just labor conditions in the food system, but how our communities and institutions navigate complex social and environmental issues.

May 08, 2018

Tracy Lerman, NESAWG Executive Director, reflects on the past, current, and future food movement as part of our year-long celebration of the 25th anniversary It Takes a Region conference.

Apr 30, 2018

Maria Arnot shares about food security and nutrition in the coalfields of West Virginia.