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Updates on policy, programs, and perspectives from the MA food system.

June 26, 2019

Climate Change and Agriculture

As a follow up to the Collaborative’s March gathering to discuss how to support farmers in climate change mitigation and remediation, we asked meeting attendees to rank the importance of the 30 land and farming recommendation summaries from the MA Local Food Action Plan related to helping farmers and fishermen cope with climate change. These recommendations ranged from better government support, to increased monitoring of conditions, to expanded sales support for fisheries. 

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

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: