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Eat Well, Learn Well, Earn Well, Live Well: The South Coast Food Coalition

Utilizing our unique land and ocean resources, we will model a future where our food systems help everyone in our community thrive.

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Researcher Institution

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Labor organizations, agricultural associations, social justice groups, industry members, institutional food services, farmers, fishermen, educators and researchers.

Website of Legally Registered Entity

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 1-3 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

North Dartmouth

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

United States

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Bristol County, MA has a total area of 691 square miles (1,790 km2), with 553 square miles of land and 138 square miles of water.

What country is your selected Place located in?

United States

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Bristol County has immense potential with our combination of a successful fishing port, food-oriented diversity with several dozen different nationalities represented in the region, resurgence of local farming, and strong commitment from local educational institutions to incorporate local foods into our students' diets. There is also a strong labor and human rights tradition dating back to the abolitionist movement that emphasizes the importance of quality of life.

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

With the incredible diversity in Bristol County, the food culture is incredible, especially with our rich connections with Portugal and Central and South America.

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

While we live in a region of relative abundance, shifts in labor and technology have left the region behind the rest of the state when it comes to economic and educational success. We also have higher than state average rates of drug abuse, obesity, cardio vascular disease and diabetes. As a coastal region, we are also facing challenges related to global climate change.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

Creating stronger community through food system linkages will be central to not just making our eating better, but helping our region thrive economically and educationally.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

By 2050, food harvested from the sea and the land will be central to the region's economy, providing living wage jobs for the workers, better nutrition for our citizens, and drawing innovators and entrepreneurs to our region to enjoy the quality of life here.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

Our vision links all participants in the food system, from workers to consumers, across both land and sea, with strong hubs through our educational systems, towards a shared connection around that which literally sustains us.

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Prize partners


Join the conversation:

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Hi Ben Jones  Great to see you joining the Prize!
We noticed your submission is currently unpublished. Was this your intention? We'd love to have your submission included in the Prize. Even if you've not started populating your Vision just yet, by publishing your submission you can make it public for other teams in your region to see, get in touch and possibly even collaborate with you.
You can publish it by hitting the "Publish" button at the top of your post. You can also update your Vision at any time before 31 January 2020 by clicking on the "Edit Contribution" on top. If you need inspiration or guidance, take a look at the Food Vision Prize Toolkit.
Here is the link to the Prize Toolkit:

Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming weeks.

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Thanks! We convened a group and used the Took Kit to help guide the first of many conversations. This has been a catalyst for us for a number of different efforts around food systems.