There are some pretty awesome resources floating around out there related to our local food ecosystem. It's a random list, but we didn't want you to miss these goodies.
Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan
The Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan was accepted by the MA Food Policy Council on December 10, 2015. The plan is designed to increase production, sales and consumption of Massachusetts-grown food; create jobs and improve wages in food and farming; protect the land and water needed to produce food, while maximizing the environmental benefits of agriculture and fishing; ensure food safety; and reduce waste, hunger and food insecurity, while making available more fresh, healthy food to everyone who lives here. The plan offers recommendations for the public and private sectors to see these goals through to fruition.
Resilient Food Systems, Resilient Cities: Recommendations for the City of Boston
Boston is the first city of its size to study and assess food system resiliency. Boston has a complex food system of producers, processors, distributors and retailers that feeds more than 645,000 people. More than 100,000 people in Boston are food insecure, living without adequate access to fresh, healthy food. Today’s report will allow Boston to develop a resilient system in which all constituents have access to food, both in their daily lives and in the wake of a natural disaster.
The report was released by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) and commissioned by the Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives. The report was funded by the Henry P. Kendall Foundation and the Local Sustainability Matching Fund, a project of the Funder’s Network for Smart Growth and Livable Cities and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network. The report identifies points of vulnerability in food availability and access that could arise as a result of a natural disaster and created a set of recommendations for implementation.
Food Truck Legal Toolkit for the City of Boston
A Joint Project of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, the Community Enterprise Project of the
Harvard Transactional Law Clinics, and the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives
This fast-growing industry offers a great opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to break into the food
service industry, actually getting a food truck up and running can be overwhelming -- even for an
experienced restaurant owner. This toolkit is intended to provide a step-by-step checklist outlining the process
of starting a food truck in Boston from idea to reality and includes links and/or forms (where practical)
for required permit and license applications, sample contracts and forms, explanations of the legal and
practical considerations pertinent to starting a new food truck business, and much more. The idea behind this toolkit is not to comprehensively address all of the legal issues that may arise for a prospective food truck owner. Rather, its purpose is to inform you of the steps required to get your food truck off the ground and to provide an overview of some of the main practical and legal issues you may face in doing so.
A New England Food Vision
Incorporating more than three years of collaborative research and input from hundreds of voices from throughout New England, A New England Food Vision calls for our region to reach a bold goal of ™50 by 60 building the capacity to produce at least 50% of clean, fair, just and accessible food for all New Englanders by 2060.
A New England Food Vision imagines a new future that is possible if society were to commit to supporting a sustainable food production in New England. We hope this report will compel people to act by creating new conversations, new collaborations and new, actionable plans. We seek to engage diverse voices and create new inspiration that will lead to healthy food and thriving communities.