After working together in close and creative collaboration, we, Louisa Kasdon, CEO and founder of Let’s Talk About Food, and Ilene Bezahler, founder and publisher of To Market and Edible Boston, decided to merge our mission-driven food and education work into one great new nonprofit: The Food Voice, launched this past July 1. The Food Voice encompasses print, events, digital and social media outreach to advance public engagement in our food system.
Our goal is to be:
New England’s New Hub for All Things Food, a Fresh and Unified Voice for the Progressive Food Movement.
Together as The Food Voice, we will continue to shine bright light on the food topics, the questions––and most of all the voices ––that matter to our region; always tuned in to what matters to you today and what matters for the near and long-term future:
- delighting you with gorgeous stories about our local food and local food people;
- stimulating your mind with dozens of free public events, conferences and festivals; and
- working as connectors to create community in the progressive food space.
As one efficient, committed, delicious organization, our impact will soar. As a magazine reader, event goer or podcast listener, you’ll be connected, in the know about where our food movement is now, and where it's going, who is doing what, and why it matters to you and your family. With The Food Voice, you'll be at the center of food in our region and beyond.
We are asking 2,000 people to donate $30 (or more!) over the next 30 days to help kickstart our new nonprofit organization, The Food Voice.
We remain committed to the idea that most of our events and publications should be free-of-charge to keep them accessible to the broadest possible audience in order to have the biggest social impact possible. But we need your help to grow and to continue on that path. Your support will allow us to fulfill our immediate goals:
LAUNCH a Let’s Talk About Food Podcast. $35,000 will enable us to produce a pilot for a podcast series that will entertain and educate our community with an engaging fun format, loads of local voices and their stories, on topics you care about. We hope to debut our series in mid 2018.
EXPAND the scope and reach of our regional publication, To Market. Our goal of $25,000 will help us to double our current reach and expand our editorial coverage.
To Market's first three issues have been well received throughout New England, but we want to print more copies and to reach more people! With your help, we can continue to educate and inform people across our entire food region, sharing best practices and sparking minds from Southeast Rhode Island to Northeast Maine and everywhere in between. We expect our magazine to become the print voice of the regional food conversation, the must-read for people who care about food in New England.
Our Work So Far
With compelling writing and captivating photography, Edible Boston has brought the stories and images of local food and agriculture to people in the Greater Boston and Worcester area seasonally since June 2006 and will continue to do so in the years ahead.
We’ve published 47 issues of Edible Boston, telling the stories of local people who make our food; the farmers who struggle to acquire and keep their land, the fishermen who cope with ever-tightening regulations and a dwindling catch, the bakers who source local grains, the food entrepeneurs and their new products, the restaurants who strive to be competitive and still be part of the farm-to-table movement.
We write about urban farming, local food history, food technology and innovation, modern mixology, home brewing and cheesemaking.
We create, test and photograph seasonal recipes and spread the word about local food policy, sustainability and equitable food access in the Greater Boston and Worcester area.
We print 50,000 copies of each issue, distributing the magazine to farmers markets and local grocers, bakeries, farms, restaurants, wine stores, home stores, and food events throughout the Greater Boston and Worcester area. Each magazine is read by 200,000; our readers tell us they hold on to each issue, creating a library that they can refer back to season by season.
Let's Talk About Food has convened over 200 public conversations about food and has engaged over 50,000 people in conversations about food-related topics, such as:
- the future of fishing and farming in New England,
- the Farm Bill,
- politics of food,
- food justice,
- food allergies, and
- where food and technology intersect.
We've led the effort to improve school food in Massachusetts, becoming leaders in the movement to bring Revolution Foods to the Boston Public schools. Most recently, we launched a regional literary festival, The Readable Feast, to celebrate local authors and their books about food.
We've created a sister magazine to Edible Boston to give New England readers the information they need to make better choices about the food they eat. Inspired by the local food evolution we have watched unfold in New England, To Market includes high impact topics that are both local and global, spotlighting writers, farmers, entrepreneurs and artisans from all over our region.
We've now published three pilot issues of To Market with stories on:
- sustainable fisheries,
- food labels,
- restoring water quality with oysters,
- advocating for better school meals,
- food waste in schools, and
- the revival of New England grains.
We've interviewed political figures from Vermont (Chuck Ross), Massachusetts (Jim McGovern) and Maine (Chellie Pingree) and shared our artisanal food discoveries from all over New England.
In To Market we will continue to take an in-depth look at food policy, business and the necessary problem solving of regional sustainability; exploring new trends and products, celebrating our industry leaders and uncovering the complexities of our region's food.