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A Call to Action!

on January 26, 2016
In December, UMass Amherst leader Anna Hankins shared this call to action informally, throughout the RFC network. There was big response -  student groups are diving in to take action on their campuses in Feburary, and join Regional Action TrainingsAre you in?

From Anna:

This May 2016 I will graduate with nearly $50,000 worth of debt and a degree in agriculture. I will have learned about soil chemistry, the basics of starting a farm, food policy, the farm bill.  And from what I’ve learned so far, our future is not one that will sustain us - unless we fight for it. We can’t lose any

"We need to build a better future" - Real Food UMaine Statement to Board of Trustees

on January 26, 2016

On Monday, January 25, members of Real Food UMaine made a powerful statement to their Board of Trustees, after passing out local, UMaine-grad-grown carrots to supporters in the meeting. Here is their statement:

Who we are: Real Food Umaine

My name is Currenn Mackie-Malcolm and the people you see holding locally-grown carrots are just a handful of supporters of a group called UMaine Real Food Challenge. The Real Food Challenge is student movement that works to build a truly nourishing food system through shifts in institutional purchasing.

Carrots of support as UMaine Real Food presents

Students Join the Fight for ‘Milk with Dignity’ -- Advocating for Human Rights in the Food System

on December 10, 2015

I met an incredible four year old on a small Vermont dairy farm this summer. She was babbling to herself; smiling without knowing it.  When her parents introduced her to me, she held her doll to her chest and looked down at her toes for a moment. In a moment, she was out the kitchen door, smiling her way across a lush green field behind the barn.

Stepping outside, we surveyed the three story barn, the large manure lagoon, the concrete milking room. And seeing the young girl on the other side of the pond, someone commented offhandedly, “I don’t think she has ever left the confines of this

18 Stellar Food Justice Organizations to support this #GivingTuesday

on November 30, 2015

Shovels. Flip-charts. Conference Calls. Travel. Meeting Rooms. Wheelbarrows. The work to build a just, resilient food system takes a lot of tools, time, and all of us, together!

This #GivingTuesday, Real Food Challenge is highlighting local grassroots organizations who we are lucky to call partners. Our collaboration, coalitions, and community with these organizations powers our work together toward a real food system.

We are highlighting partners who we have worked most closely with this year. Please add to the list, join our gratitude, and share your support for the movement to but a

Open Letter: Students against Fast Track and the TPP

on May 27, 2015

In response to the threat of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for a real food system, RFC has written an open letter to Congress, calling on them to oppose this harmful trade deal and the undemocratic "Fast Track" process for moving it through Congress.

We are asking you to sign up for a Thunderclap to release the letter on social media on June 3rd as part of a National Call-In Day, urging our representatives to oppose Fast Track and the TPP. It will also be delivered in person to Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader in the House of Representatives.


Dear Members of Congress,

On behalf of

7 Things We Learned From a Massive Real Food Road Trip:

on October 1, 2014
1) Focus on that Contract! Focus on that Contract!
After years with Sodexo, the University of Vermont is opening up their contract for new bidders.  After some serious research and advocacy efforts by The Real Food Working Group on campus, badass real food focused language got put into the university's desired specs:
…mandates that whatever company takes over, they hit the university's commitment to 20% real food BEFORE 2020, provide invoices for the Calculator in digital format, offer culturally diverse food offerings, provide complete transparency on rebates ("kickbacks") from big food

From Summer to Fall -- young people take a stand

on September 11, 2014

This has been a hard summer.

Bombs flying and houses crumbling in Ukraine, Gaza, Iraq and Syria.  Our own streets militarized in Ferguson.  The continued drought in California.

But this summer we've also seen inspired young leaders confronting police brutality, war and climate change. For those of us concerned with the food system, the connections are evident:
...the racism of Ferguson reflected in the poverty wages of our food and farm workers.
...the engines of war reflected in the petrochemical sprays on our fields and the floating factories that trawl our oceans.

As we enter a new school

CSU Board of Trustees Approves State-wide Sustainable Food Policy

on May 22, 2014


Michael Clemson, CSU Chancellor's Office, 562-951-4291
David Schwartz, Real Food for CSUs Campaign, 401-601-5545


CSU Board of Trustees Approves State-wide Sustainable Food Policy
 $20+ million to be devoted annually to local, sustainable farms and food businesses

Long Beach, CA – As the state of California struggles with record droughts and wildfires, today the California State University Board of Trustees, including Governor Jerry Brown, approved a long-awaited sustainable food policy will govern the more than $100 million spent on food across

Will the 'bluegrass state's' small farms rise in coal's wake?

on April 9, 2014
Written By Real Food Challenge Campaign Director David Schwartz
Kentucky has long been known for its bourbon, horse racing, college basketball, fried chicken, coal and tobacco.  Now, a thriving local food system!? That's the goal, if a team of local college students has its way.
This winter at the University of Louisville, students began combing through reams of invoices from U of L's $2.7 million food budget to assess exactly how much money is being devoted to local farms – as well as fairly trade, ecologically sound and humane farms and food businesses –  and how they could be

Real Food for CSU Campaign Heats up at Long Beach Trustee Meeting

on April 2, 2014

This blog post was written by Natalie Tran, UC Santa Cruz, '15.

The California State University system may be the largest state school system in the world with 23 campuses and over 400,000 students.  And right now, we students in California sit at an incredible turning point

This past week, we students from Humboldt State, San Francisco State, CSU Long Beach, CSU Pomona, CSU Northridge, and UC Santa Cruz met in Long Beach to attend a Board of Trustees meeting at the Office of the Chancellor. We came to raise our voices in support of a sustainable food section in a pending sustainability policy,