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Welcome to ISF!

ISF is a not-for-profit organization working to support and improve ecological health, through advocacy, research, consultation and education. ISF works to build, support and replicate models of success. Consistent with its ecological approach, ISF engages in campaigns which foster relationships and collaboration. ISF recognizes science and the arts as equally important in building a healthy, sustainable world.

ISF provides expertise on environmental toxins, health care design and healthy food systems and has presented and consulted internationally.

Commons Health

ISF is a founder of the Commons Health Network. Using a systems framework, Commons Health works to catalyze and network place-based models of health creation.

As we recognize, there are many parallels between the good food and integrative health communities. Each is anchored by a systems worldview, is connected by humanistic values, highlights the significance of place and identifies the importance of local decision making and empowerment. While both these movements are independently actualizing their interconnected movements into functional models, with a new lens we can see how closely these movements are aligned.  In so doing, we can purposefully cross leverage approaches and thereby accelerate new model development for the collective benefit of individual, community and planetary health and well-being.

For more information and to join the network visit Commons Health.  


Interconnectedness and Systems

Underlying all our work is an appreciation for and recognition of relationship. It is how change is made and provides the ability to think creatively about multi-benefit solutions. So, for example by working towards safer chemical policies, we can enhance the health of individuals, workers that make our goods, our environment and community. It draws on the science that links global chemical contamination throughout the web of life.

ISF Presents at Mercury Free Healthcare Conference, Penang, Malaysia

Similarly, our work on food systems forces the recognition that the issues of justice, access, nutrition and environment and others are false distinctions. They are one and the same. For more information...

ISF Executive Director Recieves National Thought Leader Award
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ISF Executive Director receives the Minnesota Public Health Association Paul and Sheila Wellstone Achievement Award for distinguished leadership in public health. See twenty year old clip of interview of Jamie Harvie (as mercury man)) by Ed Ehlingher M.D. current MN Commissioner of Health and 2006 Wellstone award winner.


ISF has been working with a statewide group of organizations to support the right to share seeds, without regulation. This includes the St. Paul Ramsey County Food and Nutrition Council, Gardening Matters, Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council, the Sustainable Economies Law Center, and the Duluth Seed Library.  Find below letters of support for these principles from:

IM4US - Portland, OR Sept 2014

ISF Executive Director shares the opportunities to connect the systems worldview of integrative physicians with community and ecological health concerns.

New report highlights efforts supporting healthy, fair, accessible and sustainable food. ISF’s “The Western Lake Superior Good Food Movement Status Report”, details the transformational progress by organizations and collaborations from across the Northland in advancing a healthy, fair, and accessible bio-regional food system.

A 20% by 2020 Local Purchasing Toolkit - A Report to Support Local Food Purchasing (pdf) includes the first regional directory of producers currently supplying the largest institutions and restaurants in our region. The report is intended to support regional restaurants, hospitals and universities market their commitment to local foods, and support regional producers and food businesses.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership helps increase the variety and consumption of vegetables. Across the country a variety of health insurance providers are including CSA's in their wellness initaitves and/or providing CSA rebates. Take our quick survey and show your interest in having CSA's be included in your helath insurance plan as a rebate or wellness offering!
Report to be launched, March 2013, forward by Institute for a Sustainable Future, Executive Director Jamie Harvie. Flier (pdf)
ISF is led by Executive Director Jamie Harvie (bio) a nationally recognized food system authority.
Our Support
The work of ISF is supported by the ISF Foundation, donations, private foundations, and through consulting work on projects consistent with our mission. Funders have included the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Loyd K. Johnson Foundation, Cedar Tree Foundation, USDA and more.