First published in NAFSN NEWS

Zack Wyatt, founding president and CEO of Carolina Farm Trust, was a first-hand witness to the disappearance of city-surrounding agriculture in his hometown. It left a lasting impression. "People don't want to know" about the compounding problems of our conventional food systems, he says. "But once you know, you can't unknow." As a child, Zack and

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For many who have worked at the uphill crossroads of local agriculture and food access, Mickey Davis' situation is so rare that her words ring almost surreal. In Boulder, CO, she says, "the city and county (are) throwing weight behind my role, and building more positions of its kind." A sugar-sweetened beverage tax, leveraged by the public health d

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The Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming is a nonprofit organization that builds vibrant, robust food systems in New York's Hudson Valley. Glynwood's programs follow a set of core strategies that foster environmental stewardship, economic resilience, public health, and social viability. Accordingly, their outreach programs are threefold: (

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Ryan Stasolla has contributed to the evolving work of NAFSN during all three of his undergraduate years at Cornell University. Few in our organization can match his base of knowledge about our web-based resources and the trends he has witnessed throughout his experience. Ryan's work requires technical, outreach, and collaborative skills; he brings

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Cultural anthropologist and filmmaker Gail P. Myers, PhD, who is also a founding member and former Leadership Chair of NAFSN, used the profound year of 2020 to coordinate fundraising for a documentary of interviews with Black farmers—stories from the South that she filmed in 2012. The resulting film, Rhythms of the Land, is currently in post-produc

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina is working to build resilient, healthy, and hunger-free communities. As a member of Feeding America and Feeding the Carolinas, Second Harvest employs a two-pronged approach to serve rural and urban communities across 18 counties in Northwest North Carolina: its work addresses both immediate food

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Why farm? When the pay is minimal, the work is tough, and the conventional industry is fraught with exploitation, why would any child aspire to farming? Alpha Sennon, founder/executive director of WHYFARM, believes we owe young people throughout the world an answer to this question. "We can't wait until they get a PhD, learning about climate change

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During the summer of 2020, as food supply chains quaked under the pressures of COVID-19, Chloë Waterman did what comes naturally to her. She helped organize a David-vs-Goliath-style campaign targeting Tyson Foods for failing to protect its meat plant workers.  As program manager for Friends of the Earth, Chloë collaborated with more than 120 o

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“For me, Georgia isn’t a red state. And it isn’t a blue state. Georgia is a green state, especially at the dinner table. Meats or veggies, we all eat.”  Charlie Monroe, the outgoing president of the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA), reflects on his four-year tenure at the helm, his additional four years on its board, and th

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Working Landscapes is a nonprofit organization that is building a resilient regional food supply chain in northeastern North Carolina by connecting farmers to community institutions and organizations, including schools and senior care centers. Founded in 2010, Working Landscapes was conceived to tackle food systems issues at the grassroots level, w

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