Blog: Stories

We Need to Focus on the Damn Land: Land Grant Universities and Indigenous Nations in the Northeast

Hannah Leighton, Director of Research and Evaluation
August 20, 2021
Research by Maeve McCurdy, Fee Pelz-Sharpe, and Sofia Perrotto   In the Fall of 2020, three undergraduates from Smith College partnered with FINE to…

A Brief History of Labor Actions Among Dining Workers in Higher Education: Lessons for Current Labor Challenges

Megnot Mulugeta, Program Associate
August 16, 2021
In New England, colleges and universities are some of the largest employers of food service workers, who prepared and served close to 87 million…

The Hidden Truth About Eating Behind Bars: Interview with lead investigation researcher Leslie Soble

Brittany Florio, Program Coordinator
February 11, 2021
Today’s blog is an informal interview with Leslie Soble, the lead researcher on a groundbreaking report about prison food in America. About Leslie…

NOFA Panelists Share the Value of Strong Relationships in the Face of a Pandemic

Britney Danials, Communications & Special Projects
August 28, 2020
Farming and Zoom-ing don't always go together, but this year, the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) pulled it off. The first-ever virtual…

Colleges Adapt During a Pandemic: New Ways COVID Will Change Campus Dining

Britney Danials, Communications & Special Projects
August 21, 2020
The Smith College dining facility was the building I was in as the college administration announced their emergency plans in response to the pandemic…

Feeding Incarcerated People in a Pandemic: How One Maine Prison Is Adapting

Brittany Florio, Program Coordinator
August 12, 2020
The Corrections Sector in New England faces unique challenges and opportunities to increase the amount of local food it purchases and serves to its…