Josie Watson lives and loves the local food system in the Upper Valley of Vermont. She has been a soil health and regenerative agriculture researcher for 3 years, having held positions at the Food and Agriculture Organization Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, where she helped launch the Northeast Healthy Soil Network. She is currently a joint JD and Masters candidate at Vermont Law School and Yale School of the Environment, and researcher for the Regeneration Fund at ICV, a regenerative finance group.
Building Bioregional Food Systems Post-COVID 19: The Northeast Healthy Soil Network & the power of regional food system reform consortium work
By Josie Watson, 350 Vermont
COVID-19 has reminded us, perhaps as never before, that we need an overhaul, not only of our health care system, but our food system as well.  As a steady stream of studies and articles point out, a priority of future food system policy should be to support the emergence of local and regional, diversified, healthy food and farming systems, derived from fertile, carbon-rich soils.