First published in NAFSN NEWS

Farmers and farmers markets raced to adopt online sales platforms in the spring of 2020 when the circumstances of COVID-19 wreaked havoc on local food venues. But the concept of using technology to sell local food was little more than a curious anomaly back in 2009, when Amy McCann first came on the scene. Amy is the co-founder of Local Food Market

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Nicole Virgil is a musician by trade who grew up in Connecticut riding trains into Manhattan to study music. "I didn't know a thing about soil … or anything with a root." She recalls the time she tried growing something from seed on the windowsill of her college dorm room. "No one ever told me you had to take it out of the egg carton," she laughs.

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The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to grounding local food systems in community-based farms by ensuring that beginning farmers have affordable access to land. SILT was founded in 2015 to tackle issues troubling leaders in Iowa's sustainable agriculture community: the disappearance of family farms, the loss

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Please join us in welcoming Natalie Cruz as the new co-chair of NAFSN's Leadership Circle! When speaking with Natalie, one cannot help but notice her incredible passion and knowledge for all things food, nutrition, and wellness. She brings to NAFSN over a decade of experience in food and food systems and an impressive background in advocacy and non

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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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