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List of Resources for Farmers and Others in Food System

Organization: Wit Meets Grit
Published: 2020

List of resources on a variety of COVID-19 topics including: canceling events, funding, strategic planning, communication foods, food access, farming, and advocacy.

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Local Food for Campus Dining: Stats & Stories

Organization: FINE
Published: 2017

This webinar illustrates how FINE's research can inform your efforts to increase procurement of local food at institutions in New England and beyond. We discuss topics such as: the rising demand for local food; definitions of local and tracking methods; the prevalence of price and availability barriers; campus farms and gardens; food education initiatives; and differences between campuses operated by food service management companies and those that are self-operated. Moderated by Kaitlin Haskins of FINE. Speakers include: Peter Alison of FINE, Nessa Richman of FINE, Jenny MacArthur of Unity College, Stephanie Keith of Roger Williams University

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Local Food in COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Organization: National Farm to School Network
Published: 2020

The importance and benefit of connecting with local food continue to emerge as vitally important and a key to addressing potential challenges of emergency feeding efforts. This fact sheet outlines some of the promising practices that school nutrition providers, early care and education center, community partners, and state agencies have seen during COVID-19 while supporting local farmers and producers in accessing markets, while supporting families in accessing healthy food.

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Local Food Marketing Practices Survey

Organization: USDA
Published: 2015

This survey, which was the first of its kind, established baseline data on local and regional food market trends. The results were released in late 2016, showing that agricultural producers across the United States are selling billions of dollars worth of product to direct markets, including direct markets that reach institutional consumers. Here you will find the survey form, methodology, key findings, and more.

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Local Food Processing in New England

Organization: FINE
Published: 2017

This video features the seven members of FINE's New England Food Processors’ Community of Practice, a group of representatives from seven New England food processing facilities. This short video looks at the unique characteristics of the various food processors in the region, comparing what is working well and what is most challenging. This short video features The Franklin County Community Development Corporation (Greenfield, MA), the Vermont Food Venture Center (Hardwick, VT), Mad River Food Hub (Waitsfield, VT), Northern Girl (Van Buren, ME), CommonWealth Kitchen (Dorchester, MA), Farm Fresh RI (Pawtucket, RI), and Hope & Main (Warren, RI).

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Local Food Processing White Papers: Food Safety Regulation - an Introduction for Entrepreneurs

Organization: FINE, New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network
Published: 2018

A four-part series of white papers on the processing of local food products in New England. The white papers were developed to help processors, investors, and policymakers better understand some of the fundamental issues and opportunities that these operations must address to be a success.This guide will help new food businesses navigate the regulations and gain certifications that will help you access institutional markets and other large buyers. Download the other white papers at https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/new-england-local-food-processing-white-papers

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Local Food Processing White Papers: The Culinary Incubator Business Model

Organization: FINE, New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network
Published: 2018

A four-part series of white papers on the processing of local food products in New England. The white papers were developed to help processors, investors, and policymakers better understand some of the fundamental issues and opportunities that these operations must address to be a success. This report provides an overview of the challenges and a list of recommendations for incubators; funders and nonprofits; and government officials who want to support the growth of new food businesses in New England. Download the other white papers at https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/new-england-local-food-processing-white-papers

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Local Food Processing White Papers: The Equipment Question

Organization: FINE, New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network
Published: 2018

A four-part series of white papers on the processing of local food products in New England. The white papers were developed to help processors, investors, and policymakers better understand some of the fundamental issues and opportunities that these operations must address to be a success. This paper includes recommendations for equipment manufacturers; funders and nonprofits; and government officials who wish to support help food processors access the equipment they need to ramp up production of lightly processed local food. Download the other white papers at https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/new-england-local-food-processing-white-papers

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Local Food Processing White Papers: Work Force Development: A Challenging Opportunity

Organization: FINE, New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network
Published: 2018

A four-part series of white papers on the processing of local food products in New England. The white papers were developed to help processors, investors, and policymakers better understand some of the fundamental issues and opportunities that these operations must address to be a success. This paper highlights innovative workforce development programs and provides recommendations for food manufacturers; funders and nonprofits; and government officials who wish to help ensure New England has enough skilled workers to support the new food economy. Download the other white papers at https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/new-england-local-food-processing-white-papers

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Local Food Systems Response to COVID - 1

Author: Dawn Thilmany
Organization: Colorado State University
Published: 2020

This factsheet summarizes the findings of a 2020 survey of 5,000 respondents about their food behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. The food security questions were taken from the six-term short form of the food security survey that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service administers. Part of the Consumer Food Insights Series - -see also https://lfscovid.localfoodeconomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/LFS-CFI-02.pdf ; https://lfscovid.localfoodeconomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/LFS-CFI-03.pdf . More at https://lfscovid.localfoodeconomics.com/

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Local Food Systems Response to COVID - 2

Author: Dawn Thilmany, Hailey Edmondson
Organization: Colorado State University
Published: 2020

This factsheet summarizes the findings of a 2020 survey of 5,000 respondents about their food behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. The food security questions were taken from the six-term short form of the food security survey that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service administers. Part of the Consumer Food Insights Series - -see also https://lfscovid.localfoodeconomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/LFS-CFI-01.pdf ; https://lfscovid.localfoodeconomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/LFS-CFI-03.pdf . More at https://lfscovid.localfoodeconomics.com/

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Local Food Systems Response to COVID - 3

Author: Becca Jablonski
Organization: Colorado State University
Published: 2021

This factsheet summarizes the findings of a 2020 survey of 5,000 respondents about their food behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. The food security questions were taken from the six-term short form of the food security survey that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service administers. Part of the Consumer Food Insights Series - -see also https://lfscovid.localfoodeconomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/LFS-CFI-01.pdf ; https://lfscovid.localfoodeconomics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/LFS-CFI-02.pdf . More at https://lfscovid.localfoodeconomics.com/.

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Local Food Systems: Concepts, Impacts, and Issues

Author: S. Martinez, M.S. Hand, M. Da Pra, S. Pollack, K. Ralston, T.A. Smith
Organization: USDA
Published: 2010

This comprehensive overview of local food systems explores alternative definitions of local food, estimates market size and reach, describes the characteristics of local consumers and producers, and examines early indications of the economic and health impacts of local food systems.

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Local Food Wholesale Market Assessment

Organization: NOFA-VT and Farm to Plate Network
Published: 2019

The Local Food Wholesale Market Assessment serves to inform suppliers, and identify areas of strategic alignment for service providers to support suppliers selling into wholesale. The report documents major trends in the shifting retail and institutional wholesale channels for local food (with a focus on produce, proteins, and dairy), documents general practices and expectations when operating within wholesale, and provides an introduction to the tools and information suppliers need to survive and thrive in wholesale. It also provides the broader food system community a greater understanding of how wholesale operates, and how it is impacting the viability, sustainability, and makeup of our local food system. Research involved focus groups, break-out sessions, interviews with, and observations of buyers, distributors, and suppliers based in the Northeast, and information gathered from industry conferences and third-party research. The report was commissioned by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) in collaboration with the Farm to Plate Network.

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Local Foods in Maryland Schools and Implications for Extension: Findings from Schools and Farmers

Author: Lydia Oberholtzer, James C. Hanson, Gerald Brust, Carolyn Dimitri, Nessa Richman
Published: 2010

This article describes results from a study examining the supply chain for local foods in Maryland school meals, the barriers and opportunities for increasing local foods in schools, and the development of Extension efforts to meet the needs identified.

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Local Foods Resources for Schools

Organization: Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative
Published: 2020

The Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative has created materials to help schools develop Request for Proposals to incorporate more local foods into their menus, including a sample Local Foods RFP, Forward Contract, and Evaluation Spreadsheet.

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Local Government Policies to Support Food Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic - an Index

Organization: Healthy Food Policy Project
Published: 2020

This index includes formal municipal policies that accelerate, prioritize or facilitate food access during the COVID-19 pandemic and other emergency periods through measures that: a) exceed ordinary non-emergency-time policies; and/or b) specifically prioritize health and/or equity considerations.

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Local Meat in Child Nutrition Programs

Organization: USDA
Published: 2016

This Fact Sheet produced by the USDA Office of Community Food Systems explains the opportunities available to k-12 schools interested in purchasing local meat

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Local Seafood Finder in New Hampshire

Organization: New Hampshire Sea Grant, University of New Hampshire Extension
Published: 2020

Map of local seafood around the New Hampshire seacoast.

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The Longest Summer: Childhood Hunger in the Wake of Coronavirus

Organization: No Kid Hungry
Published: 2020

Summer is a hard time for families struggling to feed their kids, with schools closed and school meals gone. In 2020 with schools closed in the wake of COVID-19, many children were left without reliable daily meals for months on end. This report gives new insight into the pandemic's impact on children - how they're coping and what new sacrifices their families are forced to make. The story is a bleak one - even more so for Black and Latino children.

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