Our festival mission is to generate increased demand for local and sustainably produced food through education and promotion, support the growth and development of local farms and locally owned food-related businesses, increase the availability and access of healthy local food to urban communities and to facilitate collaborations between local food farms, businesses, and public and non-profit organizations. For more about the festival including, sponsorships, becoming a vendor or volunteer, visit: http://bostonlocalfoodfestival.com/
August 19 to 25 is Massachusetts Farmers Market Week! There are now over 250 Farmers Markets across the Commonwealth, close to double the number from five years ago. Farmers Markets bring a host of important benefits to our communities:
- Boosting local farms through direct-to-consumer sales (more than 99% of farms in Massachusetts are local, family-owned businesses);
- Increasing access to fresh, healthy food for low-income families (over 100 Markets now participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program);
- Attracting new visitors to downtown areas and generating spin-off economic activity.
To celebrate Massachusetts Farmers Market Week, special activities are planned at more than twenty-five Markets, including chef’s demonstrations, live music, children’s activities, contests, free samples and more. Find a market near you, and enjoy your (locally grown) fruits and veggies!
Thanks for all you do for Massachusetts,
The Conservation Common and Urban Park Advocates Team
Curious about local food production here in Massachusetts? Interested in visiting a working farm? Join Friends of MetroFuture at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln! Explore the farm and field area and hear from a teacher naturalist about the challenges involved in growing and raising food locally and on a large scale. Learn about the energy, quality of life, and ecological issues surrounding the food industry, including genetically modified food, land use, and management. Make sure to dress appropriately as there will be some walking on dirt trails outdoors. This is an all-weather event and it requires a fee of $9.25 per person that goes to Mass Audubon. (Photo Credit: Drumlin Farm).
10a.m.-12p.m. on August 3.
Directions and Parking Information are here.
FEEDING 9 BILLION WHILE MAINTAINING THE PLANET
Tuesday, 3/6 @ 6:30 PM
OneWorld and The Poverty and Power Research Initiative (PPRI) invites you to a discussion with Jason Clay, senior V.P. of the World Wildlife Fund. on the topic. We invite the Tufts community think about how to transparently grow more food without turning over more land to agricultural production, thus tackling the first steps toward sustainability in food production and consumption.
For more information about Dr. Jason Clay and his work with WWF, see the website.