Resources

Massachusetts Organizations

American Farmland Trust Northampton 413-586-9330 Protect farmland, promote sound farming practices, and keep farmers on the land.
Berkshire Grown Great Barrington 413-528-0041 Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape, through advocacy, outreach, and education.
Boston Area Gleaners Waltham 781-894-3212 Distribute local produce to food pantries and meal programs, working with farmers to provide volunteer labor ​to harvest what would otherwise be plowed under.
Boston Food and Farm PBC, Inc. Brookline 857-230-0812 A social impact consulting group specializing in food systems planning and urban agriculture project development.
Boston Food Forest Coalition Boston Promotes food justice and sustainable urban agriculture by building relationships between neighbors, land, and food in the city.
Boston Local Food Program Cambridge 617-395-0250 Strives to create a local food system ensuring access to healthy food for all people while supporting local food producers, farmers and entrepreneurs.
Boston Office of Food Initiatives Boston 617-635-3717 Works to make healthy food more available and affordable in Boston and supports increased urban farming and public composting.
Boston Public Health Commission Boston 617-534-5395 An independent public agency with the mission to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents.
Boston Public Market Boston 617-973-4909 The Boston Public Market is an indoor, year round marketplace for locally sourced groceries and specialty agricultural products.
Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council Cambridge 617-665-3809 Catalyzes action around policies, systems, and practices that make smart food choices and fitness options available to more Cambridge residents.
Cape Cod Buy Fresh Buy Local Barnstable 508-375-6954 Connects people on Cape Cod with locally grown farm and sea products, through education and information.
Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Barnstable 508-375-6690 Improves the health and well-being of families and communities; conserves and enhances natural and marine resources; and strengthens agriculture and food systems.
Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association Carver 508-866-7878 Assists growers in solving everyday problems, offers assistance in regulatory compliance, sponsors professional development seminars and organizes association activities.
Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment at UMass Amherst Amherst 413-545-4800 Integrates research and outreach education in agriculture, food systems and the environment.
Center for EcoTechnology Statewide 413-445-4556 Provides people and businesses with practical solutions that save energy, materials and money and have a positive impact on environment and community.
Central Mass Grown Worcester Promotes the purchase of local agricultural products, and fosters education about its benefits to health, communities, the economy, and the environment.
Children's Healthwatch Boston 617-414-6366 To improve the health and development of young children by informing policies that address and alleviate economic hardships.
City Growers Boston 617-522-0205 Transforms vacant lots in Boston into intensive urban farms that are economically and environmentally sustainable.
City Soil Boston 617-469-8164 Improves the region's organic waste recycling infrastructure by integrating renewable energy production with healthier, more productive soils and landscapes.
Common Capital Holyoke 413-420-0183 Provides financing and business assistance to small businesses and high-impact community projects to contribute to a thriving local economy.
CommonWealth Kitchen Boston Provides shared kitchens and business assistance to help entrepreneurs build food companies and strengthen our regional food economy.
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) South Deerfield 413-665-7100 CISA strengthens farms and engages the community to build the local food economy.
Community Servings Boston 617-522-7777 A not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing home-delivered meals to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses.
Conservation Law Foundation Boston 617-350-0990 CLF forges solutions to New England's environmental challenges – climate change, clean water, healthy communities – for all.
Cooking Matters Boston 617-774-1323 Provides education programming for families to help them shop for and prepare nutritious meals.
Equity Trust Amherst 413-256-6161 Promotes equity in the world by changing the way people think about and hold property, through a variety of programs.
Farm Credit East Statewide 800-562-2235 Offers specialized lending and financial services to Northeast agriculture, commercial fishing, and forest product industries.
Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets Waltham 781-893-8222 FMFM works to improve the health of individuals, strengthen community vitality, and enhance local farm viability through farmers markets.
Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Hatfield 413-247-9738 Distributes food to member agencies (meal sites, emergency pantries, and shelters) in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.
Food Corps Massachusetts Statewide 212-596-7045 Provides education and support with the goal of healthy food in schools.
Food for Free Cambridge 617-868-2900 Rescues fresh food—food that might otherwise go to waste—and distributes it within the local emergency food system where it can reach those in need.
Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School Cambridge 617-495-5202 Provides students with the opportunity to practice using legal and policy tools in order to address the health, environmental, and economic impacts of our food system.
Franklin Land Trust Shelburne Falls 413-625-9151 Assists farmers and other landowners who want to protect their land from unwanted development, by encouraging private stewardship by landowners.
Gardening the Community Springfield 413-693-5340 A food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities.
Gloucester Fishermen's Wives Association Gloucester 978-283-2504 Promotes the New England fishing industry, helps to preserve the Atlantic Ocean as a food supply, and assists fishermen and their families to live better lives.
Green City Growers Somerville 617-776 1400 Transforms unused space into thriving urban farms, providing clients with access to nutritious food while revitalizing city landscapes.
Greening Greenfield Greenfield 413-774-5038 A group of concerned citizens working with residents, businesses and town government to build a more sustainable Greenfield.
Groundwork Lawrence Lawrence 978-974-0770 Builds community through its environmental and open space improvements, healthy food access programs, youth education, employment initiatives, and more.
Groundwork Somerville Somerville 617-628-9988 Works toward sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships.
Health Care Without Harm Statewide 703-860-9790 Works to transform health care to reduce its environmental footprint and to allow it to become a community anchor for sustainability.
Health Resources in Action Boston 617-451-0049 Develops programs with partners that advance public health and medical research, with the goal of resolving today’s most critical public health issues.
Ipswich River Watershed Association Ipswich 978-412-8200 Works in partnership with communities, businesses, schools, and other organizations and residents to protect the Ipswich River.
Island Grown Initiative Vineyard Haven 508-687-9062 Supports a resilient & accessible food system on Martha’s Vineyard by providing food and agriculture education and developing local food system infrastructure.
Just Roots Greenfield 413-325-8969 A nonprofit community organization working to increase knowledge about and demand for local food in Franklin County.
Land For Good Statewide 603-357-1600 Working to ensure the future of farming in New England by putting more farmers more securely on more land.
Lovin' Spoonfuls Boston 617-390-4450 Facilitates the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded.
Massachusetts 4H Foundation Framingham 508-881-1244 Generates and provides resources to help expand the 4-H program in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts 4H Youth Development Amherst 413-545-2646 A youth development program open to youth ages 5 through 18, part of a nationwide system connected to land-grant higher ed institutions.
Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs Association Abington 508-468-1552 Encourages, promotes and preserves agricultural activities in the commonwealth through its members and their individual programs.
Massachusetts Aquaculture Association Eastham Its purpose is to promote the continued development of shellfish and fish farming, and to improve conditions affecting aquaculture in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Association of Agricultural Commissions Statewide Provides education, training, support, and networking opportunities individual agricultural commission members, while building support for agriculture and ag commissions.
Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations Boston 617-426-0303 Association of community development organizations dedicated to working together and with others to create stronger communities.
Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts Westford Offers education modules that can be used to train district staff about the fundamental principles and operations of conservation districts.
Massachusetts Association of Dairy Farmers Conway 413-369-4656 Encourages and promotes all interests which have for their purpose the advancement of a truly viable dairy industry.
Massachusetts Association of Health Boards Boston MAHB’s assists and supports boards of health through programs of education, technical assistance, representation, and resource development.
Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals Stow 781-274-7373 Serves as an information resource to association members, legislators and Boards of Health, as well as the general public.
Massachusetts Audubon Society Lincoln 781-259-9500 Serves as a leader and a catalyst for conservation, by acting directly to protect nature, and by stimulating individual and institutional action.
Massachusetts Beekeepers Association Statewide 978-887-5726 MassBee is uniting beekeepers through education, advocacy and sponsorship, facilitating the sharing of information, events & resources here in MA and beyond.
Massachusetts Cheese Guild Westport 978-501-3142 Advances the production, image, and enjoyment of premier cheeses from Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Boston 617-315-9355 A publicly-funded agency working to accelerate the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Boston 617-626-1700 State agency working to keep Massachusetts agriculture economically and environmentally sound.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Malden 781-338-3000 Provides a variety of resources in support of elementary and secondary education in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Boston 617-292-5500 A state agency that ensures clean air and water, manages toxics safely, coordinates waste recycling, and preserves wetlands and coastal resources.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health Boston 617-624-6000 State agency responsible for food safety regulation.
Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance Boston 617-573-1600 A state agency that provides Massachusetts residents with food and nutritional assistance, cash assistance, and employment supports.
Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries New Bedford 617-626-1520 Develops and promulgates state rules and regulations governing commercial and recreational fishing, and works to balance marine resources with coastal culture.
Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation Marlborough 508-481-4766 An independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization representing agriculture in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Farm Energy Program Statewide 413-727-3090 Offers a range of services to the farming community to reduce energy use and produce renewable energy that focus on bringing projects from concept to completion.
Massachusetts Farm to School Project Easthampton 413-253-3844 Facilitates purchasing relationships between local institutions and farms, promotes local food and agriculture education for students, and supports practitioner networking.
Massachusetts Farm Wineries & Growers Association Statewide Encourages consumer awareness of Massachusetts wines and promotes a positive business environment for continued growth and production of Massachusetts grown wines.
Massachusetts Forest Alliance Marlborough 617-455-9918 Advocates for a sustainable forest economy, responsible forest management practices, private land equity, and the continuation of working forests on public and private lands.
Massachusetts Fruit Growers Association Amherst Encourages the growing and marketing of fruits adapted to this climate.
Massachusetts Future Farmers of America Association Dighton Promotes agriculture and leadership among youth and provides students in agricultural education with opportunities to succeed.
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute Food SNAP Advocacy Project Boston 617-357-0700 Uses legal and policy advocacy to alleviate food insecurity and hunger in Massachusetts by increasing SNAP participation and benefits amounts.
Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association Scituate 781-545-6984 A member-driven organization that accepts and supports the interdependence of species conservation and the members’ collective economic interests.
Massachusetts Maple Producers Association Plainfield 413-628-3912 A nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of maple sugaring in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association Conway 413-369-4731 Provides members (nursery and landscape professionals) with educational opportunities, industry news, legislative representation, and business development resources.
Massachusetts Partnership for Food Safety Education Amherst Provides easy access to information, education and training resources for food safety principles and topics in multiple languages.
Massachusetts Public Health Association Boston 857-263-7072 A private, non-profit, statewide membership organization that promotes a healthy Massachusetts through advocacy, education, community organizing, and coalition-building.
Massachusetts Restaurant Association Southborough 508-303-9905 Provides access, influence and protection to restaurant professionals allowing for the opportunity to lead thriving businesses.
Massachusetts State Grange Statewide Promotes local agriculture and agricultural education, through local granges and through partnerships with other organizations.
MassDevelopment Boston 617-330-2000 Stimulates business, drives economic growth, and helps communities thrive across Massachusetts, through a variety of initiatives.
Mass in Motion Boston 617-624-5070 A statewide movement, coordinated by the state health agency, that promotes opportunities for healthy eating and active living
Merrimack Valley Food Bank Lowell 978-454-7272 Transports, stores, and distributes food to people in need, working with 131 agencies serving 47 cities and towns in Massachusetts and Southern NH.
Mill City Grows Lowell 978-455-2620 Promotes increased access to land, locally-grown food and education, with the goal of fostering food justice.
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust Athol 978-248-2043 Protects significant natural, agricultural, and scenic areas, and encourages land stewardship, in 23 towns in Franklin and Worcester Counties.
Neighboring Food Co-Op Association Shelburne Falls A co-operative federation of food co-ops and start-up initiatives working toward a thriving co-operative economy and a healthy, just, and sustainable regional food system.
New England Apples Hatfield 203-439-7006 Promotes the New England apple industry through educational and promotional events and projects.
New England Small Farm Institute Belchertown 413-323-4531 Promotes small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers.
New England Vegetable and Berry Growers Assocation Amherst Supports and promotes the vegetable and berry industry in New England.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project Lowell 978-654-6745 Provides critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers.
New Lands Farm Worcester 774-243-3900 Provides access to land, training and technical assistance, and collective marketing opportunities to immigrant and refugee farmers.
NOAA Fisheries Statewide 978-282-8494 Promotes sustainable fisheries, recovery of protected species, and the health of coastal marine habitats.
Northeast Harvest Northeastern Mass Provides programs to help consumers discover, enjoy and support the farmers and local agriculture in Essex and Middlesex Counties.
Northeast Organic Farming Association / Massachusetts Chapter Barre 978-355-2853 Through education programs and advocacy NOFA/Mass promotes organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil.
North Shore Alliance for Economic Development Salem 978-744-4430 Serves as the economic development engine for a dynamic and evolving regional economy, connecting start-ups and existing businesses to needed resources.
Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance Gloucester 978-865-3178 A fishermen-led organization building a broad movement toward healthy fisheries and fishing communities.
Nuestras Raices Holyoke 413-535-1789 Promotes agriculture, cultural foodways, and food access in Holyoke.
Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc. Springfield 413-794-7739 Provides skills, expertise and experience to create successful public health campaigns and sustainable system changes to improve health and well-being in Western MA.
Pioneer Valley Workers Center Northampton 413-570-3060 Works to build power for low-wage and immigrant workers in Western Mass through innovative and creative worker-driven organizing strategies.
Project Bread Boston 617-723-5000 Project Bread works to promote sustainable and reliable access to healthy food for all, and to collaborate with others in building a robust regional food system.
PVGrows Investment Fund South Deerfield 413-665-7100 Provides financing and technical assistance to farm and food businesses through community investments.
Real Food Challenge UMass Amherst Amherst 413-545-8682 UMass Dining has committed to buy at least 20% local food annually by 2020 and thereby use their tremendous purchasing power to support a healthy food system.
Red Tomato Plainville 508-316-3494 Distributes affordable local food across the Northeast using existing wholesale distribution systems.
Regional Environmental Council Worcester 508-799-9139 Creates access to food for Worcester’s most food insecure communities and promotes community leadership through youth development and community garden programs.
ReVision Urban Farm Boston 617-822-3276 Provides fresh food to nearby shelter residents and the surrounding community.
Sheffield Land Trust Sheffield 413-229-0234 Protects the land essential to Sheffield's natural, scenic, agricultural and rural character through stewardship and working with landowners.
Slow Money Pioneer Valley South Deerfield 413-665-7100 Catalyzes community-based investment in the local food system by connecting investors with farmers and local food entrepreneurs.
Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership South Dartmouth 508-524-2601 Provides technical assistance to farmers, educates on the importance of local agriculture, and works to increase the functionality of the region’s food system.
Southeastern Massachusetts Food Security Network New Bedford A coalition of food pantries, farms, foundations, and social service agencies working together to promote food security in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Springfield Food Policy Council Springfield Oversees coordination of public and private efforts to improve access to nutritious, affordable, culturally appropriate, fresh, and safe foods for Springfield residents.
Stock Pot Malden Malden 781-605-1426 Provides education, support, and equipment for local food businesses.
Sustainable Nantucket Nantucket 508-228-3399 Cultivates a healthy Nantucket by building a more locally-based and self-reliant food system on-island, and a strong local economy.
The Carrot Project Boston 617-674-2371 Facilitates access to financing and business support for small farms and food businesses.
The Food Project Lincoln 781-259-8621 Working to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system.
The Greater Boston Food Bank Boston 617-427-5200 Distributes food to needy people in Eastern Massachusetts and provides nutrition education.
The Trustees of Reservations Statewide 978-921-1944 The Trustees preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.
Toxics Action Center Statewide 617-292-4821 Works side-by-side with communities, providing them with the skills and resources needed to prevent or clean up pollution at the local level.
Trust for Public Land Statewide 415-495-4014 Creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.
Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Boston 617-636-3737 Pursues research and education, from cell to society, in a number of areas involving human nutrition science and policy.
UMass Amherst Department of Food Science Amherst 413-545-2276 UMass Amherst department providing education and research findings on a variety of areas in food science.
UMass Amherst Labor Center Amherst 413-545 4875 Offers academic programs and research focused on economic justice, labor movements, and working people and their organizations in the US and around the world.
Urban Farmers Agriculture Academy Spencer 508-713-8539 Provides nutritious food to low-income families in Worcester County, while providing gainful employment and educational opportunities to at risk Worcester youth.
Urban Farming Institute of Boston Boston 617-989-9920 Supports the development of urban farming (the growing of agricultural products for income) in Boston and in other urban areas of Massachusetts.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Massachusetts Amherst 413-253-4350 A federal agency that works hand-in-hand with the people of Massachusetts to improve and protect their soil, water and other natural resources.
USDA Rural Development Massachusetts Amherst 413-253-4300 Provides loans and technical assistance to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural areas.
Waltham Fields Community Farm Waltham 781-899-2403 Promotes local agriculture and food access through farming operations and educational programs.
Western Massachusetts Food Processing Center Greenfield 413-774-7204 Promotes economic development through entrepreneurship, provides opportunities for sustaining local agriculture, and promotes best practices for food producers.
Wholesome Wave Statewide 203-226-1112 Empowers under-served consumers to make healthier food choices by increasing affordable access to fresh, local food.
Worcester County Food Bank Shrewsbury 508-842-3663 The region’s leading anti-hunger organization distributing over 6 million pounds of donated food and grocery product in partnership with food donors,
Worcester Food and Active Living Policy Council Worcester 508-723-4550 Brings together the many actors and players who wish to affect the Worcester food system so that issues may be raised and solutions created.
Worcester Roots Project Worcester 508-343-0035 A collective of youth and adult organizers creating opportunities for economic, social and environmental justice by supporting green projects and initiatives.