COVID-19 and the NH Food System
A list of COVID-19 resources for New Hampshire.
A list of COVID-19 resources for New Hampshire.
Searchable map of local food, home delivery, and curbside pickup in central Massachusetts.
This webpage collects links to organizations and resources focused on dairy education initiatives in New England. Classroom lessons, educator workshops, cafeteria recipes, promotional materials, funding sources, and collaborative networks.
This report examines how U.S.-based food hubs understand engagement in racial equity work. Through interviews with food hub managers and other roles, the authors identify common facilitators and inhibitors to food hubs engaging in racial equity work. They offer recommendations and examples of how to operationalize their findings.
Increasingly institutions are procuring local foods to meet customer demand and to align with organizational goals. While they are robustly engaged in this work, food service operators may not be actively promoting their efforts. A seasonal harvest program can meet their distinct need to do so. With ready-to-use materials that highlight the foods they buy and intentional messaging that conveys the value of local and seasonal eating, seasonal harvest campaigns can help institutions elevate their work to customers and leadership and increase awareness of the far-reaching impacts of their food service activities.
This listserv has been created through Google Groups as a collaboration tool for dining program directors, chefs, other food service operators and community partners engaged in the procurement, preparation and promotion of foods raised, grown and produced in New England.
This series of spreadsheets assist with decision making related to market channels and distribution options. In this tool you will find easy to use calculators to determine annual distribution costs and break-even analysis for dollar value or case count needed on a vehicle. These calculators will help you determine the costs associated with utilizing a shipping service, distributor, or self distribution, and will also break down costs of owning versus leasing a delivery vehicle. The workbook also includes a Wholesale Price Waterfall calculator which will allow you to model the potential return a producer may expect to receive if selling into wholesale channels, after margins and trade allowances are deducted.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has affected people worldwide, disrupting food access and security. To understand how food systems and security are impacted during this pandemic, an online survey was launched in Vermont from March 29th - April 12th, 2020 (less than a week after the Governor’s Stay Home/Stay Safe order). A total of 3,219 Vermonters responded, and nearly half provided written remarks in response to open-ended questions about worries or general comments. This brief summarizes survey findings and respondent comments about food retail and restaurants. We use quantitative data to understand the frequency of beliefs and behaviors, and qualitative data to understand respondents’ experiences and perspectives in their own words. Of note, the findings reflect early responses to and concerns with food-related risk; as more information was provided by experts, these fears may have been allayed. This will be investigated in future iterations of the survey.
In 2015, the Vermont Farm to School (FTS) Network’s Economic Value Working Team partnered with the Center for Rural Studies (CRS) and the Department of Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) at the University of Vermont (UVM) to measure the economic contribution and impacts of FTS in Vermont.
This report presents findings from surveys conducted with 26 producers in nine states, highlighting economic impact assessment findings from two case studies: Minneapolis Public Schools and the state of Georgia. The findings of these case studies provide new insight into the potential for farm to school procurement to positively impact local economies.
Farmers and ranchers are now eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) through the Small Business Administration (SBA), as of April 24, 2020. The EIDL program provides an emergency grant of up to $10,000 for small businesses suffering a loss of revenue because of COVID-19. In this tutorial, Farm Commons discuss the specifics of eligibility and how to submit an application through the SBA. Issues with how the program has performed over the past few weeks will also be in the discussion, as well as how EIDL works with other relief options. This is a valuable opportunity, especially for farms unable to receive a Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loan.
Article in Scientific American. Subheader: "Staple crops are likely to be less affected by measures to control the virus, but farmers growing more specialized ones could feel the pinch."
Article on policy responses to COVID-19, including programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and the Universal School Meals Program Act.
Have you been wondering how to communicate the value of local food to the students on your campus? Are you looking for fresh ideas for storytelling, advertising, and event programming? Watch the recording of our one-hour “forum” to ask questions, share resources, and listen to engagement strategies from a panel of four speakers with perspectives from all sides of the issue. Moderated by: Holly Fowler of Northbound Ventures LLC, Mike Zastoupil of FINE. Speakers include: Aaron Witham of Univeristy of Southern Maine, Jennie Porter from NOFA VT, Megan Kennedy of Unity College, and Abby Ducker of Harvard University
This toolkit provides an overview of how stakeholders can advocate for and implement local food procurement policies in a manner that ensures the equitable improvement of local and regional food systems.
This paper presents a framework for evaluating the economic impacts of farm-to-school programs, adapting the USDA’s “Local Food Economics Toolkit” for this specific context. The approach combines primary and secondary data to customize an input-output model, reflecting the complex supply chains that link producers and schools. Additionally, to illustrate the approach, we summarize the findings from two case studies of local food procurement by schools between 2016 and 2017.
Evaluation for Transformation defines the outcomes that farm to school has the potential to achieve and it offers common language, guidelines and metrics to understand those outcomes for the first time. The framework is organized around four key sectors: public health, community economic development, education and environmental quality. Beyond the four sectors, the framework is also structured around three levels of action: program, research and policy.
Local food initiatives across the US have launched determined efforts to encourage institutional purchasers to source locally grown foods. These have generated significant enthusiasm at the local level. Yet the evidence base for documenting positive impacts on health and local economies is still being developed. This study seeks to draw insight from both scholarly studies and on-the-ground experience in order to distill practical strategies, recommend ways to conceptualize and measure economic and health impacts, and highlight effective methods for building the capacities of communities for this work.
Sarah Redfield of Lakeside Family Farms shares her experience as a midsize producer and aggregator. The fourth generation farm grows over 30 types of vegetables and is committed to providing fresh, local produce that is safe, high-quality, sustainably grown, and available at reasonable prices. Lakeside Family Farm’s business model is built primarily on direct-delivery sales through diverse channels, including Hannaford supermarket chains, Maine Farmers Food Hub, Maine Workplace FarmShare CSA, and some institutions.
Call for funds to directly invest in communities to build out critical infrastructure between local and regional food producers and families in need of healthy food during COVID-19.