Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
Massachusetts Food System Collaborative

Projects

The Collaborative’s projects, networks, and activities.


Register for the 2022 MA Food System Forum: Reconnecting, Celebrating, and Moving Forward

The 2022 MA Food System Forum will be on Wednesday, October 12 from 8:30am – 4pm. It will be held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, located at 366 Main St in Sturbridge, MA. Join hundreds of advocates, farmers, and other food system stakeholders in celebrating the innovative work and positive changes in […]

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Current legislative activity

The Massachusetts legislature is considering many bills in the 2021-22 session that relate to the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan. This list includes bills that most closely align with goals and recommendations from the Local Food Action Plan.

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2022 Elections

Check out responses from candidates to the Collaborative’s questionnaire here! The local food system relies on wise public policy to function well. Laws and regulations about land, natural resources, health and safety, and other issues all impact how sustainable and equitable our food system is, as do public investments in programs. Across the food chain, […]

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Healthy Incentives Program

Campaign for Healthy Incentives Program Funding

The Collaborative leads the Campaign for HIP Funding to ensure that the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP), which provides fresh, healthy, local foods for SNAP recipients, receives increased funding to meet demand, operates year-round, and adds new farmers to fill gaps in program coverage.

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Agricultural Equity Network

The Ag Equity Network is made up of and led by Massachusetts farmers who identify as BIPOC. The Network advocates for state public policy that supports equitable land access, jobs, education, and other resources that are vital for BIPOC farmers to be sustainable in their businesses, and for the food system in Massachusetts to be […]

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Food waste reduction

The Collaborative is working to reduce food waste in Massachusetts through research, advocacy and network building.

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Campaign for food system literacy

The Collaborative is facilitating a campaign to ensure that every K-12 public school student in MA has access to high-quality food system education.

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Farming

Farming in Massachusetts faces many challenges from high land costs, to insufficient education and technical assistance resources, to incongruent regulations, to an inadequate labor supply. The Collaborative works to connect agricultural organizations with food system policy and advocacy efforts designed to create a more secure and sustainable local food system.

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Race and equity in the food system

Our food system, like our country, was constructed within a systemically racist framework. As healthy food relies on healthy soil, a healthy food system relies on practices based on an understanding of this framework and a commitment to dismantling it.

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Urban Agriculture Coalition

The Collaborative is working with Mill City Grows and the Springfield Food Policy Council to organize skill sharing among urban agriculture organizations.

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