Many individuals and organizations, including here in Vermont, have worked tirelessly on addressing racism broadly and specifically within the food system for decades. We encourage you to elevate their work, galvanize support and educate yourself. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list of resources, so please reach out if you have additional resources to add.
A guide that was created to discuss the impact of Racism and Discrimination on the Mental Health of our Black Communities. By sharing this resource, we can help continue the conversation about how racism and discrimination affect the mental health of the Black Community. We can help to reduce the shame and stigma sometimes associated with mental illness and mental health treatment in the Black Community. Here are some Highlights: How Racism Causes Mental Health Issues The Importance of Culturally Competent Care Why Don’t Black People Seek Mental Health Help Black Mental Health Providers
The Abenaki Land Link Project is a partnership between the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk - Abenaki Nation and NOFA-VT to provide indigenous seeds to gardeners, homesteaders, and farmers around Vermont who are dedicating land to grow and harvest food for Abenaki citizens. For more information about the project contact Livy Bulger, Education and Engagement Manager at NOFA-VT, email@example.com.
Seven Days feature story about the Abenaki Land Link Project
In 1910 black farmers made up 14% of all farmers. Today they make up fewer than 2% and own less than 1% land in rural America. Land access for all is a social justice issue. We need to support black farmers so that they have the resources they need to keep and grow their farms and land-based businesses.
Migrant Justice's mission is to build the voice, capacity, and power of the farmworker community and engage community partners to organize for economic justice and human rights. We gather the farmworker community to discuss and analyze shared problems and to envision collective solutions. Through this ongoing investment in leadership development, members deepen their skills in community education and organizing for long-term systemic change. From this basis our members have defined community problems as a denial of rights and dignity and have prioritized building a movement to secure these fundamental human rights to: 1) Dignified Work and Quality Housing; 2) Freedom of Movement and Access to Transportation; 3) Freedom from discrimination; 4) Access to Health Care.
Help Susu Heals purchase land for Black and brown farmers in Vermont! Visioning a sustainable, food secure future for our people, we are looking for ways to cultivate food ourselves. A future where Black and brown people in Vermont can come together to live, heal and thrive. Which to us, means purchasing land for farming, gardening and intergenerational healing. A space that is stewarded by Black and brown people, a place of safety, connection, and healing. Our vision is to build healing and nourishing spaces for our people and our children in the here and now but our vision is long-range as we look to the future. A future where food sovereignty is guaranteed to the next generations of Black and brown people in Vermont.
Strafford Creamery produces certified organic milk and ice cream in Strafford, Vermont. "Earl Ransom grew up milking cows on this 600-acre farm. He and his wife, Amy Huyffer, carry on his family’s tradition of managing the land organically, with no herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Our herd of 50 mostly-Guernsey cows grazes on rotational pastures for the entire growing season. Guernsey cows are known for their rich, yellow cream; their butterfat carries the color and flavor of their feed better than that of other breeds. Everything we do, from the crops we grow for them to the gentle routines of milking, is focused on their comfort and well-being, and helping them super-tasty milk and cream. We process our milk into reusable glass bottles, using HTST (High Temperature, Short Time) pasteurization which we feel best preserves the flavor and texture of the milk. Our milk is available at natural foods stores and coops throughout Vermont and Western New Hampshire in skim, 1%, 2% and whole, chocolate and half-and-half, as well as a non-homogenized, old-fashioned cream-line milk. Find a store or restaurant near you that sells Strafford Creamery products. We make our ice cream in small batches, one day each week. We wouldn’t dream…