Mark Winne

Mark Winne

From 1979 to 2003, Mark Winne was the Executive Director of the Hartford Food System, a private nonprofit agency that works on food and hunger issues in the Hartford, Connecticut area. During his tenure with HFS, Mark organized community self-help food projects that assisted the city’s lower income and elderly residents. Mark’s work with the Food System included the development of commercial food businesses, Connecticut’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, farmers’ markets, a 25-acre community supported agriculture farm, a food bank, food and nutrition education programs, and a neighborhood supermarket.

Mark is a co-founder of a number of food and agriculture policy groups including the City of Hartford Food Policy Commission, the Connecticut Food Policy Council, End Hunger Connecticut!, and the national Community Food Security Coalition. He was an organizer and chairman of the Working Lands Alliance, a statewide coalition working to preserve Connecticut’s farmland, and is a founder of the Connecticut Farmland Trust. Mark was a member of the United States delegation to the 2000 World Conference on Food Security in Rome and is a 2001 recipient of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Plow Honor Award. From 2002 until 2004, Mark was a Food and Society Policy Fellow, a position supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. 

Mark currently writes, speaks, and consults extensively on community food system topics including hunger and food insecurity, local and regional agriculture, community food assessment, and food policy. Since 2013, Mark has served as a Senior Advisor at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future where he works on local and state food policy. His essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Hartford Courant, the Boston Globe, The Nation, In These Times, Sierra Magazine, Orion Magazine, Successful Farming, Yes! Magazine, and numerous organizational and professional journals. Mark blogs regularly at www.markwinne.com. He is the author of Stand Together or Starve Alone: Unity and Chaos in the U.S. Food Movement (Praeger Press 2018), Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty (Beacon Press 2008), and Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture (Beacon Press, 2010).

Mark now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico and holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College and a master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University.

October Lunch and Learn: Food Town, USA Book Talk

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - 1:00pm EDT

Join us for a lunch and learn with author Mark Winne to dicuss his book Food Town, USA. The book looks at local food movements in 7...

Join us for a lunch and learn with author Mark Winne to dicuss his book Food Town, USA. The book looks at local food movements in 7 cities across the US, and how these movements are transforming towns impacted by disappearing industries and decades of inequity. This book reminds us about the power of community and how important food can be in bringing people together. We encourage you to read the book before the talk, but it is not required. Island Press is generously offering a 25% discount on books purchased through its website. Use code APGA to take advantage of this discount.  

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The Power of Food Forum

Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 5:30pm EDT

The Power of Food: Cultivating equitable policy through collective action is going virtual! Same dates, (mostly) same program, and now in many places. The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future...

The Power of Food: Cultivating equitable policy through collective action is going virtual! Same dates, (mostly) same program, and now in many places. The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) is organizing the first-ever national forum for food policy councils and similar groups from September 20-22, 2021. Mark Winne, author of Food Town, USA, is one of their speakers. 

The intent of the forum is to: 

  • Create a space that welcomes a diverse group of participants to learn, share and collaborate
  • Provide opportunities for skill-building, sharing resources and networking with other councils
  • Identify opportunities for changing food policy at local, state, regional, tribal and federal levels
  • Raise awareness about the value of food policy councils

Book Talk: Food Town, USA

Thursday, July 22, 2021 - 7:00pm EDT

Join The American Public Gardens Association as they host a book talk with Mark Winne, author of Food Town, USA.

Join The American Public Gardens Association as they host a book talk with Mark Winne, author of Food Town, USA. The book looks at local food movements in 7 cities across the US, and how these movements are transforming towns impacted by disappearing industries and decades of inequity. This book reminds us about the power of community and how important food can be in bringing people together. We encourage you to read the book before the talk, but it is not required. 

Members: $15
Non-Members: $30