Our Current Network Structure
The Backbone Team is responsible for coordinating the daily network operations, including budget management, meeting facilitation and fundraising. Additionally, the Backbone Team convenes meetings and workshops and conducts research to inform network activities and monitor progress. The Backbone Team also facilitates communication and learning across the network to advance the Food Alliance's shared goals.
Network Leadership Team
The Network Leadership Team is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the Food Alliance, and helping to ensure actions undertaken by the network are consistent with overall goals. The Backbone Team members also serve on the Process Team.
Action Teams will coordinate implementation of priority actions identified by the Viability Working Group in each of five areas: Market Development, Food Access, Land Resources, Fisheries, and Education. For more information about Action Teams, including a list of co-chairs, current projects, and how to get involved, visit our Action Teams page.
In the mid-1970's "And When We Went There The Cupboard Was Bare" was published, a paper meant to address the decline of New Hampshire farmland and the increasing reliance on other states for a food supply. This sparked interest, and was followed in 1979 by another paper, "Recommendations for a NH Food Policy" focusing on legislature. Since 1979, there have been surprisingly few developments in New Hampshire food policy other than the 2014 act known as "Granite State Farm to Plate".
The Food Alliance network decided to create a policy team in late 2018 to re-visit the 1979 recommendations. Our Policy Team is moving forward to assess the current landscape of food policy in New Hampshire, and research and draft updated policy recommendations. Additionally, we have begun tracking current bills related to food and agriculture, and will post bi-weekly updates on our website. By this summer, we will have policy tracking software on our website, which will automatically update the bills we track!
If you would like to learn more about our policy work or get involved, please email Jennifer Wilhelm.
New England Community of Practice
The Food Alliance is part of the New England Food System Community of Practice (NECoP), a collaborative group working together to explore the ways in which each state can implement a strong food system network while also supporting the food systems work of other New England states. Representatives from groups in all six New England states meet via video call regularly and also participate in periodic in-person retreats to discuss current projects. Other members of the NECoP include: Food Solutions New England, the Connecticut Food System Alliance, the Maine Food Strategy, the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative, the Rhode Island Food Policy Council, and the Vermont Farm to Plate Network.
Food Solutions New England
We are also a partner with Food Solutions New England, a regional network committed to lifting up efforts for a food system that works for all. Food Solutions New England works with partners from all New England states, and relied on this collaboration to release "A New England Food Vision". This vision calls for the region to build the capacity to produce 50% of our food by 2060 while supporting sustainable farming practicies and communities.