Past Event

Regional Food Systems: New initiatives for New England feeding New England

Zoom Webinar


February 25, 2021, 10:00 am –
12:00 pm
person carrying bin of green kale in a field

The Agriculture and Rural Affairs Policy Committee Co-Chairs Representative Carolyn Partridge (Vermont) and Senator Judy Schwank (Pennsylvania) chaired an important and timely discussion on food availability in times of uncertainty and disruption.

Speakers included:

Ellen Kahler
Executive Director
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund

Nessa J. Richman
Network Director
Rhode Island Food Policy Council

Please find the recording of this webinar below.



Ellen Kahler

Ellen Kahler became the executivEllen Kahlere director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) in late 2005. Prior to joining the VSJF, Ellen was the executive director of the Peace & Justice Center in Burlington (1990 to 2002) where her work focused on peace, human rights, racial equity, and economic justice (basic family needs, livable wages, and under-employment).

She is a graduate of Bucknell University with a bachelor of arts in political science and from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with a master of public administration.



Nessa Richman

Nessa J. RNessa Richmanichman is network director for the Rhode Island Food Policy Council. She leads the Council in achieving its mission to promote a more accessible, equitable, and sustainable food system in Rhode Island. She works closely with Council members, Rhode Island’s director of food strategy, and other state leaders to advance good food policy and implement the Rhode Island Food Strategy, a comprehensive five-year plan unveiled in May 2017 to grow and sustain markets for locally grown food for the good of communities, the environment, and the economy.

Video Recording

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