Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
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Updates on policy, programs, and perspectives from the MA food system.


Getting to 30% regional food consumption by 2030

June 5, 2023

A new report puts forth a regional goal of producing and consuming 30% of New England’s food needs in the region by 2030. Commissioned by the New England State Food System Planners Partnership, a collaboration between six-level food system organizations, including the Collaborative, and Food Solutions New England, it outlines the role New Englanders can […]

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Senate budget complete, with some new food system investments

June 1, 2023

The Massachusetts Senate completed its budget debate in May, making some significant investments in food system needs. These include $1,000,000 for food literacy, $250,000 to continue the grant program for local food policy councils, and $1,020,000 for healthy soils. The Senate budget also increases administrative budgets for the departments of Agricultural Resources and Public Health, […]

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An update from the Collaborative’s Executive Director and Chair

May 30, 2023

Hello, allies and advocates. I hope everyone is having a good spring. Below is an update from me, followed by one from Vivien Morris, the Collaborative’s Steering Committee chair. After more than seven years of working with all of you in my role as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative, I am moving […]

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Contact your Senators: Support food system amendments in Senate budget!

May 15, 2023

More than 1,000 amendments have been filed to the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means draft budget. Senators now have a week to review and consider these amendments before debating and voting on a final budget the week of May 22. Senators may choose to cosponsor as many amendments as they wish, to show […]

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House budget complete, Senate action in May

May 1, 2023

The House Committee on Ways and Means released its FY24 budget draft and the full House of Representatives debated and passed its proposed budget at the end of April. While the debate ultimately failed to yield any new support for food system priorities, the original draft included some significant investments thanks to years of work […]

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Contact your Representatives: Support food system amendments in House budget!

April 17, 2023

More than 1,500 amendments have been filed to the Massachusetts House Committee on Ways and Means draft budget (H3900). Representatives now have a week to review and consider these amendments before debating and voting on a final budget the week of April 24. Representatives may choose to cosponsor as many amendments as they wish, to […]

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State budget season begins

April 7, 2023

The state budget process begins in earnest in April, with the release of the House Committee on Ways and Means draft proposal on April 12. This will lay out the Committee’s priorities for every dollar the state will spend in fiscal year 2024 (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024). Large, statewide items like HIP […]

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Governor Healey’s First Budget Promotes Environmental Justice, Food System Infrastructure 

March 2, 2023

On March 1 Governor Healey released the first annual budget proposal of her new administration. With a throughline of support for climate change resilience and mitigation, the fiscal year 2024 budget for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs would increase significantly under this proposal. The proposed budget would support the Food Security Infrastructure […]

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2022 MA Food System Forum – Workshop Summaries

November 1, 2022

More than 200 people attended the 2022 MA Food System Forum on Oct 12 in Sturbridge. Attendees met and reconnected with each other over breakfast and lunch and attended lively workshops. Please see below for summaries of the workshops.  Sustaining agriculture: production management practices  Healthy soils are essential to climate mitigation and adaptation, watershed health, […]

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The 2022 MA Food System Forum: Reconnecting, Celebrating, and Moving Forward

August 5, 2022

The 2022 MA Food System Forum took place on Wednesday, October 12 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, located at 366 Main St in Sturbridge, MA. Please reach out to Brittany Peats at [email protected] with any questions. Thank you to our 2022 MA Food System Forum Sponsors. Agenda 8:30am – Check in, Breakfast […]

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