Together we can build a better food system. We envision a Connecticut where everyone has access to safe, nutritious, culturally appropriate, and affordable food; where the food system is more reliant on local and regional production; where the food supply chain, including farms and fisheries but also grocery stores and restaurants, supports many vibrant and varied businesses that provide sustainable livelihoods; where there is broad public awareness and passionate public support of a robust local food system; and where stewardship of soil, water, air and energy resources is institutionalized as an integral part of a resilient and robust regional culture of food, health and community.
Connecticut Food System Alliance (CFSA) is a state-wide network of dedicated stakeholders committed to creating broad systems change and advancing a sustainable and just food system in Connecticut. CFSA builds connections between groups and people committed to our shared goals. In 2014 Hartford Food System began to formally house CFSA, but collaborators from all over the state contribute to CFSA’s initiatives and goals. Currently, CFSA has two people on staff who coordinate events and communicate general information. Additionally, a growing steering committee shapes the network initiatives and Food Action Plan.
- Ali Ghiorse, The Foodshed Network
- Jennie Hirsch, Connecticut Foodshare
- Sarah Huang, New England Grassroots Environment Fund
- Ryan Kennedy, Brigaid
- Brandon Monti, Fresher Choice
- Martha Page, Hartford Food System
- Courtney Renton, City Seed
- Alexa Sosa, Tierra, Agua y Sol
- Latha Swamy, City of New Haven Food Policy Division
- Cyrena Thibodeau, CT Department of Agriculture
- Peggy Zamore, Danbury Farmers’ Market
CFSA works closely with regional partners to ensure our initiatives and goals fit into the regional picture.
- Food Solutions New England
- Rhode Island Food Policy Council
- Vermont Farm to Plate
- Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
- New Hampshire Food Alliance
- Maine Food Strategy
New England Food System Planners Partnership
“New England Feeding New England: Cultivating A Reliable Food Supply” Project
The New England Food System Planners Partnership comprises six statewide organizations including Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Maine Food Strategy, New Hampshire Food Alliance, Massachusetts Food System Collaborative, Connecticut Food System Alliance, and Rhode Island Food Policy Council, who each work to strengthen their state’s food system. The project was launched through a public-private partnership with funding from The John Merck Fund, the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, and the USDA Regional Food System Partnership grant program. Funding for this project was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service [grant agreement ID 6000016070]. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA. Learn more about the New England Food System Planners Partnership.
Join CFSA’s listserv to stay connected with the alliance’s initiatives and schedule of free events. Send an email to Marcella at email@example.com to stay connected.