Organizing for a Better Future for all
For many years, the CAE has been working in the local food system, within our communities and with farm and food businesses. But we also knew we weren't moving fast enough...
In 2015, CAE began a listening campaign designed to uncover some of the larger challenges around food access, equity, and independence in our local community. We spent a year learning from community members, low-income neighbors, and faith-based communities - what is it that challenges us as a people in rural VT?
The results were varied, but it led us to realize that we can't do this work alone. Food equity and access are tied up in other issues, such as transportation, livable wages, childcare, opiate addiction and generational poverty. Out of this work has grown the Northeast Kingdom Community Organizing Project - a regional network of partners who believe that working across sectors and groups is a critical approach to successfully addressing our issues of rural poverty and food insecurity.
As a group, we believe that community organizing around issues is a critical strategy to change the future for the better. We also believe that the tent is wide enough for many partners to work together.
Sponsoring members include:
- Caledonia Grange
- St. John's Episcopal Church in Hardwick
- St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Hardwick
- Friends of NEKO
- Center for an Agricultural Economy
The NEKO Project will launch a founding event this winter/spring, and we are looking for more sponsoring partners as we grow. Stay tuned as we grow the vision for this Organizing and tackle our first Issues in 2018/2019.