First published in NAFSN NEWS

"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 non-profit 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,

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The social fabric undergirding our food systems is woven by people from all sectors of American society: business, nonprofit and government. Amanda Chu of Green Bay, Wisconsin, is that rare food systems professional who capably contributes threads from all three. As an entrepreneur, Amanda runs a one-woman business that conducts farm-practice audit

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Anne Massie is a farmer in Crown Point, Indiana. She grows sixty varieties of fruits, vegetables, and nuts, but cabbages are her favorite. "Prehistoric monster flowers," she calls them. Anne is also a local food activist for whom thinking big does not stop at large, leafy brassicas. "There is a choice to be made," she explains. "To be an activist,"

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The John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) brings together educators, researchers, and community advocates to facilitate change toward more equitable and resilient food systems. Founded in 1996, CLF was conceived to tackle issues at the intersection of agriculture, the environment, and health. While food system studies have typically focuse

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At first glance, Vacation Vittles is a simple, savvy twist on the standard CSA business model. Beach vacationers staying on the shores of Wilmington, NC, order farm-fresh bags of seasonal produce grown by local farmers and delivered by youth. It's a sunny story of short-value-chain economic development on the seashore. But Randolph Keaton—the drivi

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