The US Food Sovereignty Alliance Northeast Regional Gathering is happening November 2nd & 3rd in Milford, New Hampshire.
Join us to learn, reflect and continue strategizing together to advance food sovereignty!
During the Assembly, we will ground ourselves in our history, hear from attendees about the work they are doing to advance food sovereignty, and explore a contextual analysis of food sovereignty in the Northeast through analyzing trends, forces, and opportunities. Attendees will hear about how feminism intersects with food sovereignty, and work together to create a shared work plan for our region!
Link to the Facebook event where we will post updates and information. We encourage you to invite your friends! Please be sure to register in addition to RSVPing on Facebook.
The Assembly Planning Committee is made up from folks from WhyHunger, Agrarian Trust, Harmonized Cookery, Friends of the MST, Greater Nashua Food Council, the Agroecology Research-Action Collective, Farmworker Support Committee/El Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA) and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA).
Saturday, Nov. 2nd.
Venue: Unitarian Universalist Congregation church - 20 Elm Street, Milford, NH
Light breakfast served 8:00-9:00.
Assembly begins at 9:00.
Dinner 5:00-7:00 at Greenleaf restaurant - 54 Nashua Street, Milford, NH
Sunday, Nov. 3rd
Venue: Greenleaf restaurant - 54 Nashua Street, Milford, NH
Light breakfast served 7:30-8:30.
Assembly begins at 8:30.
We will wrap up by 1:30.
Friday, Nov. 1st. USFSA Assembly attendees are invited to attend, though the Assembly officially starts Saturday morning.
2nd Annual Free Community Dinner 5pm-7:30pm
Greater Nashua Food Council invites community members of the Greater Nashua Region to join us in celebrating another successful year in improving access to healthy, local foods for all. Dinner is Free and this year provided by NH Food Bank Culinary Program. We will be awarding our Community Food Champions and honoring our local farmers. We hope to see you there!
About the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance
The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) works to end poverty, rebuild local food economies, and assert democratic control over the food system. We believe all people have the right to healthy, culturally appropriate food, produced in an ecologically sound manner. As a US-based alliance of food justice, anti-hunger, labor, environmental, faith-based, and food producer groups, we uphold the right to food as a basic human right and work to connect our local and national struggles to the international movement for food sovereignty. Click here to learn more.
The USFSA has a regional organizing structure and the Northeast has members in every state from Maine to New Jersey. Co-Coordinators of the Northeast region are Kathia Ramirez with the Farmworker Support Committee/El Comite de Apoyo a Los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA) and Julianna Fischer with the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA).
What is Food Sovereignty?
“Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations.” – Declaration of Nyéléni, the first global forum on food sovereignty, Mali, 2007
Food sovereignty is a movement growing from the bottom up, from the farmers, fishers, indigenous peoples and landless workers most impacted by global hunger and poverty. Food sovereignty goes well beyond ensuring that people have enough food to meet their physical needs. It asserts that people must reclaim their power in the food system by rebuilding the relationships between people and the land, and between food providers and those who eat. First framed by the international peasant movement La Via Campesina at the World Food Summit in 1996, food sovereignty is rooted in the ongoing global struggles over control of food, land, water, and livelihoods.
The 6 principles of food sovereignty are:
Focuses on Food for People
Values Food Providers
Localizes Food System
Puts Control Locally
Builds Knowledge and Skills