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March 28, 2019

Campaign for HIP Funding Ramps Up for FY20 Budget

The Campaign for HIP Funding has started off the 2019 budget cycle in full force, with tremendous support from legislators, a great lobby day, and the development of some new tools for advocates. The campaign steering committee has developed a $8.5 million ask for HIP in FY20. This will be enough funding to operate the program year-round, allow for moderate continued growth, and allow a few new farms to become vendors in underserved areas.

December 21, 2018

Report from the 2nd Annual Massachusetts Food System Forum

More than 200 advocates and practitioners from all sectors of the food system attended the 2nd annual Massachusetts Food System Forum on December 12 in Leominster. The day was spent highlighting food system stakeholders’ work over the past year, and planning for collaborative action to come.

September 28, 2018

Job posting: Agricultural Network Coordinator

Position: Agricultural Network Coordinator
Reports to: Director
Hours: 20 weekly
Term: 2 years, with potential for continuation depending upon funding availability.
Wage: $32/hour
Location: Remote, in Massachusetts
Start date: November 1, 2018, or as soon as possible
Applications due by October 15, and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

June 12, 2018

HIP Advocacy Works! State Adds Funding for Program

The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) re-launched in May after a suspension of slightly more than a month. As the growing season begins, SNAP recipients are once again able to earn a one-to-one match for their purchases directly from farmers at participating farmers markets, mobile markets, farmstands, and CSAs.

June 12, 2018

Environmental bond, APR legislation under consideration

The governor has introduced, and the legislature is considering, the quadrennial environmental bond bill. The 2018 version of this spending authorization (H.4599, An Act promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity) proposes funding for many programs supported by Plan recommendations. The Collaborative has been working with allies to ensure that this bill provides appropriate resources for programs critical to the local food system. This includes advocating for: