Topic: Communication & Community Engagement

Center for Environmental Farming Systems

NC Farm to Early Care and Education, a Center for Environmental Farming Systems initiative, works with Sonflower Seeds Christian Preschool and Learning Center LLC and other early childhood facilities to purchase local food and provide children with experiential learning around local food. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Sonflower Seeds, in Silk Hope, North Carolina, continued caring for children of paramedics, police and other essential workers. Thanks to years of partnership building with local farmers, the…

James Beard Foundation

Open for Good is the James Beard Foundation’s campaign to help independent restaurants survive this crisis, rebuild better, and thrive for the long term. Open for Good programs provide critical resources to help independent restaurants build the capacity to come back stronger, more equitable, more sustainable, and more resilient….

The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice

Colleges and universities across the United States and around the world are scrambling to keep their students, faculty, and staff healthy, safe, and educated during the COVID-19 pandemic. As experts on the daily crises that derail #RealCollege students and prevent them from completing their degrees our team at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice offers the following considerations and resources to support your work….

Farryl Bertmann University of Vermont, Emily H. Belarmino University of Vermont, Thomas Wentworth University of Vermont, Erin Biehl Johns Hopkins University, Roni Neff Johns Hopkins University

To understand how food systems and security are impacted during this pandemic, an online survey was launched in Vermont from March 29 – April 12, 2020 (less than a week after the “Stay Home/Stay Safe” order). This brief summarizes survey findings and respondent comments about experiences with two programs during the early weeks of the pandemic: the National School Lunch Program (school meals) and food pantries….

Farm to Institution New England

The dining landscape changed dramatically due to COVID-19. To-go containers, plexiglass, and safe distancing signs have replaced the once familiar scene of hot trays, buffet bars, and students in close comradery. And now, as colleges further revise plans to reopen, dining operations continue to adapt. In FINE's most recent blog, we discuss the changes in campus dining and what lays ahead as colleges continue to grapple with the coronavirus….

NAFDMA Agritourism Association

NAFDMA – The International Agritourism Association hosted a member roundtable discussion to offer resource sharing, idea generation, and practical solutions as the industry tackled the effects of COVID-19 on the agritourism industry. This was the very first discussion held at the beginning of the crisis as many businesses were forced to shut down, or navigate the world of being considered an "essential food business" and work to ensure their customer and employee safety. This…
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