Filling the Food Processing Gap Between Local Farms and Institutions

Laura Flagg’s 2018 UEP Thesis (“Small-Scale Food Processing’s Role in Farm to Institution: Filling Market Gaps and Moving Toward a Regional Supply Chain”) explores small-scale food processing with a case study of Commonwealth Kitchen and three other processors. Read Laura’s full thesis here. By Laura Flagg Farm-to-institution initiatives are trying to grow the local economyContinue reading Filling the Food Processing Gap Between Local Farms and Institutions

Rhode Island Cleaning Coop on Labor Vision TV

Check out this interview on Labor Vision TV about a new worker-owned cleaning coop in Rhode Island. This coop was incubated by the worker’s center Fuerza Laboral. Healthy Planet Cleaning Co-op is the first worker’s cooperative incorporated in Rhode Island. Tufts UEP alum Janaki Blum helped support the coop’s startup by conducting a feasibility studyContinue reading Rhode Island Cleaning Coop on Labor Vision TV

Will Work for Food: How Boston is Building a Just Food Economy

By Penn Loh and Laura Flagg Despite growing appetites for healthy, sustainable, and local food, workers in the food industry are still among the lowest paid and highly exploited workers in the US. The more than 20 million people (representing 1/6 of the entire US workforce)[i] who are growing, producing, and serving food often workContinue reading Will Work for Food: How Boston is Building a Just Food Economy

Owning Main Street: Three Finance Innovations for Community Control of Development

By Allison Curtis Main Street businesses provide access to goods and services and generate jobs and ownership opportunities for local residents. But more than these economic roles, they also enhance vibrant and safe street life. As important as these commercial districts are, residents may not feel much control as businesses move in and out, shiftingContinue reading Owning Main Street: Three Finance Innovations for Community Control of Development

Article online: Urban food sharing and the emerging Boston food solidarity economy

An article that I and Julian Agyeman wrote has just been published online in Geoforum journal. This piece will be part of a forthcoming special issue on Food Sharing. We continue to follow the emerging food solidarity economy in Boston and look at the potentials and challenges to its growth. Check it out at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016718518302513Continue reading Article online: Urban food sharing and the emerging Boston food solidarity economy

Boston Learns from Jackson MS

On Saturday April 28, the Solidarity Economy Initiative hosted “Learning from Jackson: Building a Solidarity Economy in Boston.” Almost 200 came to afternoon workshops and an evening program featuring Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson. This event had many co-sponsors, including from Tufts (Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning, Education, and Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism,Continue reading Boston Learns from Jackson MS

Nishani Frazier on Black Power v. Black Capitalism

Check out this great podcast/article by Next System Project, interviewing Nishani Frazier on Black Power versus Black Capitalism. Frazier is a fellow at the Democracy Collaborative and an associate professor of history at Miami University of Ohio, who has recently wrote Harambee City: The Congress of Racial Equality in Cleveland and the Rise of BlackContinue reading Nishani Frazier on Black Power v. Black Capitalism

Capitalism Is Not the Only Choice

Check out this article I wrote for YES Magazine on solidarity economies. It argues that we need to escape “capitalocentrism” and see that there are all sorts of thriving non-capitalist economies, where there may not be a profit motive or market exchange. These solidarity economies are being innovated out of necessity by poor communities and communitiesContinue reading Capitalism Is Not the Only Choice

Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning

Environmental Justice communities across the nation are reclaiming planning and driving climate resilience. Check out the new report by Movement Strategy Center: Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning: A Framework. ************* From Buffalo to the Gulf South to Minneapolis to California to New York City, communities are reclaiming the planning processes that shape how we live, work,Continue reading Community-Driven Climate Resilience Planning