Bloom Northeast US
The Northeast US is far along in creating the infrastructures for a regional food system. Farms in this region from New York to Maine are mostly small ones, and many are practicing regenerative and organic farming. A coalition called Northeast Healthy Soil Network, along with several more coalitions, are organizing together to bring together conservation districts, scientists, academics, farmers, policy workers and food eaters (that’s surely you!), to collaborate on making it economically viable for a regional food system to provide food security and stable livelihoods for people. Payment for ecosystem services is one area they’re working on, such as state-level policy to subsidize farming methods that create healthy soils and waterways.
Here are resources to point you toward if you’re interested in getting involved with or supporting this movement:
- Bioregion map of projects & associations: Text | Visual (you might have to click into this a couple times to see it)
- Northeast Healthy Soil Network
2020 Symposium – summary of outcomes
- Food Solutions New England’s framing of New England’s regional food system challenges & vision
- There is a similar sub-regional cluster around the Finger Lakes
- News articles pointing to why sustainable regional food systems are the answer to so many of today’s issues, including pandemic economic recession, climate change, and income inequality more broadly.
Building Bioregional Food Systems Post-COVID 19, by Josie Watson, joint JD and Masters of Environmental Management student at Vermont Law School and Yale School of the Environment