Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
Massachusetts Food System Collaborative


Massachusetts local food system organizations, agencies, and institutions.

American Farmland TrustNorthampton413-586-9330Protect farmland, promote sound farming practices, and keep farmers on the land.
Berkshire GrownGreat Barrington413-528-0041Berkshire Grown supports and promotes local agriculture as a vital part of the Berkshire community, economy, and landscape, through advocacy, outreach, and education.
Boston Area GleanersWaltham781-894-3212Distribute 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.Brookline857-230-0812A social impact consulting group specializing in food systems planning and urban agriculture project development.
Boston Food Forest CoalitionBoston Promotes food justice and sustainable urban agriculture by building relationships between neighbors, land, and food in the city.
Boston Local Food ProgramCambridge617-395-0250Strives 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 InitiativesBoston617-635-3717Works to make healthy food more available and affordable in Boston and supports increased urban farming and public composting.
Boston Public Health CommissionBoston617-534-5395An independent public agency with the mission to protect, preserve, and promote the health and well-being of all Boston residents.
Boston Public MarketBoston617-973-4909The Boston Public Market is an indoor, year round marketplace for locally sourced groceries and specialty agricultural products.
Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy CouncilCambridge617-665-3809Catalyzes action around policies, systems, and practices that make smart food choices and fitness options available to more Cambridge residents.
Cape Cod Buy Fresh Buy LocalBarnstable508-375-6954Connects people on Cape Cod with locally grown farm and sea products, through education and information.
Cape Cod Cooperative ExtensionBarnstable508-375-6690Improves 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’ AssociationCarver508-866-7878Assists 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 AmherstAmherst413-545-4800Integrates research and outreach education in agriculture, food systems and the environment.
Center for EcoTechnologyStatewide413-445-4556Provides people and businesses with practical solutions that save energy, materials and money and have a positive impact on environment and community.
Central Mass GrownWorcester Promotes the purchase of local agricultural products, and fosters education about its benefits to health, communities, the economy, and the environment.
Children’s HealthwatchBoston617-414-6366To improve the health and development of young children by informing policies that address and alleviate economic hardships.
City GrowersBoston617-522-0205Transforms vacant lots in Boston into intensive urban farms that are economically and environmentally sustainable.
City SoilBoston617-469-8164Improves the region’s organic waste recycling infrastructure by integrating renewable energy production with healthier, more productive soils and landscapes.
Coalition to End HungerWestern MA The Coalition to End Hunger is a western Massachusetts initiative to raise public awareness about hunger and engage the public to learn about, explore and act on the magnitude of hunger across our region.
Common CapitalHolyoke413-420-0183Provides financing and business assistance to small businesses and high-impact community projects to contribute to a thriving local economy.
CommonWealth KitchenBoston 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 Deerfield413-665-7100CISA strengthens farms and engages the community to build the local food economy.
Community ServingsBoston617-522-7777A not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing home-delivered meals to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses.
Conservation Law Foundation Legal Food HubBoston / Providence617-350-0990CLF’s Legal Food Hub matches eligible farmers, food entrepreneurs, and food/farm organizations in New England with volunteer attorneys for free legal assistance on transactional legal matters.
Cooking MattersBoston617-774-1323Provides education programming for families to help them shop for and prepare nutritious meals.
Eastie FarmBoston617-419-0787Dedicated to pursuing climate justice, improving food access, and fostering community resilience through the development of interactive urban agricultural spaces and environmental education programs.
Equity TrustAmherst413-256-6161Promotes equity in the world by changing the way people think about and hold property, through a variety of programs.
Farm Credit EastStatewide800-562-2235Offers specialized lending and financial services to Northeast agriculture, commercial fishing, and forest product industries.
Federation of Massachusetts Farmers MarketsWaltham781-893-8222FMFM works to improve the health of individuals, strengthen community vitality, and enhance local farm viability through farmers markets.
Food Bank of Western MassachusettsHatfield413-247-9738Distributes food to member agencies (meal sites, emergency pantries, and shelters) in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties.
Food Corps MassachusettsStatewide212-596-7045Provides education and support with the goal of healthy food in schools.
Food for FreeCambridge617-868-2900Rescues 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 SchoolCambridge617-495-5202Provides 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.
Food LinkArlington781 819 4225Food Link delivers nutritious food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and eggs, to organizations that serve low income people in the Arlington area.
Franklin Land TrustShelburne Falls413-625-9151Assists farmers and other landowners who want to protect their land from unwanted development, by encouraging private stewardship by landowners.
Gardening the CommunitySpringfield413-693-5340A food justice organization engaged in youth development, urban agriculture and sustainable living to build healthy and equitable communities.
Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives AssociationGloucester978-283-2504Promotes 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 GrowersSomerville617-776 1400Transforms unused space into thriving urban farms, providing clients with access to nutritious food while revitalizing city landscapes.
Greening GreenfieldGreenfield413-774-5038A group of concerned citizens working with residents, businesses and town government to build a more sustainable Greenfield.
Groundwork LawrenceLawrence978-974-0770Builds community through its environmental and open space improvements, healthy food access programs, youth education, employment initiatives, and more.
Groundwork SomervilleSomerville617-628-9988Works toward sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships.
Grow Food NorthamptonNorthampton413-320-4799Building a just and resilient local food system that nourishes its community and the earth through land access, food access and education.
Health Care Without HarmStatewide703-860-9790Works to transform health care to reduce its environmental footprint and to allow it to become a community anchor for sustainability.
Health Resources in ActionBoston617-451-0049Develops 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 AssociationIpswich978-412-8200Works in partnership with communities, businesses, schools, and other organizations and residents to protect the Ipswich River.
Island Grown InitiativeVineyard Haven508-687-9062Supports a resilient & accessible food system on Martha’s Vineyard by providing food and agriculture education and developing local food system infrastructure.
Just RootsGreenfield413-325-8969A nonprofit community organization working to increase knowledge about and demand for local food in Franklin County.
Land For GoodStatewide603-357-1600Working to ensure the future of farming in New England by putting more farmers more securely on more land.
Lovin’ SpoonfulsBoston617-390-4450Facilitates the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded.
Massachusetts 4H FoundationFramingham508-881-1244Generates and provides resources to help expand the 4-H program in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts 4H Youth DevelopmentAmherst413-545-2646A 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 AssociationAbington508-468-1552Encourages, promotes and preserves agricultural activities in the commonwealth through its members and their individual programs.
Massachusetts Aquaculture AssociationEastham 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 CommissionsStatewide Provides education, training, support, and networking opportunities individual agricultural commission members, while building support for agriculture and ag commissions.
Massachusetts Association of Community Development CorporationsBoston617-426-0303Association of community development organizations dedicated to working together and with others to create stronger communities.
Massachusetts Association of Conservation DistrictsWestford Offers education modules that can be used to train district staff about the fundamental principles and operations of conservation districts.
Massachusetts Association of Dairy FarmersConway413-369-4656Encourages and promotes all interests which have for their purpose the advancement of a truly viable dairy industry.
Massachusetts Association of Health BoardsBoston MAHB’s assists and supports boards of health through programs of education, technical assistance, representation, and resource development.
Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care ProfessionalsStow781-274-7373Serves as an information resource to association members, legislators and Boards of Health, as well as the general public.
Massachusetts Audubon SocietyLincoln781-259-9500Serves as a leader and a catalyst for conservation, by acting directly to protect nature, and by stimulating individual and institutional action.
Massachusetts Beekeepers AssociationStatewide978-887-5726MassBee is uniting beekeepers through education, advocacy and sponsorship, facilitating the sharing of information, events & resources here in MA and beyond.
Massachusetts Cheese GuildWestport978-501-3142Advances the production, image, and enjoyment of premier cheeses from Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Clean Energy CenterBoston617-315-9355A publicly-funded agency working to accelerate the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)Boston617-626-1700State agency working to keep Massachusetts agriculture economically and environmentally sound.
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationMalden781-338-3000Provides a variety of resources in support of elementary and secondary education in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental ProtectionBoston617-292-5500A state agency that ensures clean air and water, manages toxics safely, coordinates waste recycling, and preserves wetlands and coastal resources.
Massachusetts Department of Public HealthBoston617-624-6000State agency responsible for food safety regulation.
Massachusetts Department of Transitional AssistanceBoston617-573-1600A state agency that provides Massachusetts residents with food and nutritional assistance, cash assistance, and employment supports.
Massachusetts Division of Marine FisheriesNew Bedford617-626-1520Develops and promulgates state rules and regulations governing commercial and recreational fishing, and works to balance marine resources with coastal culture.
Massachusetts Farm Bureau FederationMarlborough508-481-4766An independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization representing agriculture in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Farm Energy ProgramStatewide413-727-3090Offers 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 ProjectEasthampton413-253-3844Facilitates purchasing relationships between local institutions and farms, promotes local food and agriculture education for students, and supports practitioner networking.
Massachusetts Farm Wineries & Growers AssociationStatewide Encourages consumer awareness of Massachusetts wines and promotes a positive business environment for continued growth and production of Massachusetts grown wines.
Massachusetts Forest AllianceMarlborough617-455-9918Advocates 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 AssociationAmherst Encourages the growing and marketing of fruits adapted to this climate.
Massachusetts Future Farmers of America AssociationDighton Promotes agriculture and leadership among youth and provides students in agricultural education with opportunities to succeed.
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute Food SNAP Advocacy ProjectBoston617-357-0700Uses legal and policy advocacy to alleviate food insecurity and hunger in Massachusetts by increasing SNAP participation and benefits amounts.
Massachusetts Lobstermen’s AssociationScituate781-545-6984A member-driven organization that accepts and supports the interdependence of species conservation and the members’ collective economic interests.
Massachusetts Maple Producers AssociationPlainfield413-628-3912A nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of maple sugaring in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape AssociationConway413-369-4731Provides members (nursery and landscape professionals) with educational opportunities, industry news, legislative representation, and business development resources.
Massachusetts Partnership for Food Safety EducationAmherst Provides easy access to information, education and training resources for food safety principles and topics in multiple languages.
Massachusetts Public Health AssociationBoston857-263-7072A private, non-profit, statewide membership organization that promotes a healthy Massachusetts through advocacy, education, community organizing, and coalition-building.
Massachusetts Restaurant AssociationSouthborough508-303-9905Provides access, influence and protection to restaurant professionals allowing for the opportunity to lead thriving businesses.
Massachusetts State GrangeStatewide Promotes local agriculture and agricultural education, through local granges and through partnerships with other organizations.
MassDevelopmentBoston617-330-2000Stimulates business, drives economic growth, and helps communities thrive across Massachusetts, through a variety of initiatives.
Mass in MotionBoston617-624-5070A statewide movement, coordinated by the state health agency, that promotes opportunities for healthy eating and active living
Merrimack Valley Food BankLowell978-454-7272Transports, stores, and distributes food to people in need, working with 131 agencies serving 47 cities and towns in Massachusetts and Southern NH.
Mill City GrowsLowell978-455-2620Promotes increased access to land, locally-grown food and education, with the goal of fostering food justice.
Mount Grace Land Conservation TrustAthol978-248-2043Protects significant natural, agricultural, and scenic areas, and encourages land stewardship, in 23 towns in Franklin and Worcester Counties.
Neighboring Food Co-Op AssociationShelburne 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 ApplesHatfield203-439-7006Promotes the New England apple industry through educational and promotional events and projects.
New England Small Farm InstituteBelchertown413-323-4531Promotes small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers.
New England Vegetable and Berry Growers AssocationAmherst Supports and promotes the vegetable and berry industry in New England.
New Entry Sustainable Farming ProjectLowell978-654-6745Provides critical training, career development, and economic opportunity to new farmers.
New Lands FarmWorcester774-243-3900Provides access to land, training and technical assistance, and collective marketing opportunities to immigrant and refugee farmers.
NOAA FisheriesStatewide978-282-8494Promotes sustainable fisheries, recovery of protected species, and the health of coastal marine habitats.
Northeast HarvestNortheastern 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 ChapterBarre978-355-2853Through 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 DevelopmentSalem978-744-4430Serves as the economic development engine for a dynamic and evolving regional economy, connecting start-ups and existing businesses to needed resources.
Northwest Atlantic Marine AllianceGloucester978-865-3178A fishermen-led organization building a broad movement toward healthy fisheries and fishing communities.
Nuestras RaicesHolyoke413-535-1789Promotes agriculture, cultural foodways, and food access in Holyoke.
Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc.Springfield413-794-7739Provides 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 CenterNorthampton413-570-3060Works to build power for low-wage and immigrant workers in Western Mass through innovative and creative worker-driven organizing strategies.
Project BreadBoston617-723-5000Project 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 FundSouth Deerfield413-665-7100Provides financing and technical assistance to farm and food businesses through community investments.
Real Food Challenge UMass AmherstAmherst413-545-8682UMass 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 TomatoPlainville508-316-3494Distributes affordable local food across the Northeast using existing wholesale distribution systems.
Regional Environmental CouncilWorcester508-799-9139Creates access to food for Worcester’s most food insecure communities and promotes community leadership through youth development and community garden programs.
Rescuing Leftover CuisineBoston401-965-4532Rescues food to feed the hungry in the State of Massachusetts.
ReVision Urban FarmBoston617-822-3276Provides fresh food to nearby shelter residents and the surrounding community.
Sheffield Land TrustSheffield413-229-0234Protects the land essential to Sheffield’s natural, scenic, agricultural and rural character through stewardship and working with landowners.
Slow Money Pioneer ValleySouth Deerfield413-665-7100Catalyzes community-based investment in the local food system by connecting investors with farmers and local food entrepreneurs.
Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural PartnershipSouth Dartmouth508-524-2601Provides 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 NetworkNew Bedford A coalition of food pantries, farms, foundations, and social service agencies working together to promote food security in Southeastern Massachusetts.
Springfield Food Policy CouncilSpringfield Oversees coordination of public and private efforts to improve access to nutritious, affordable, culturally appropriate, fresh, and safe foods for Springfield residents.
Stock Pot MaldenMalden781-605-1426Provides education, support, and equipment for local food businesses.
Sustainable NantucketNantucket508-228-3399Cultivates a healthy Nantucket by building a more locally-based and self-reliant food system on-island, and a strong local economy.
The Carrot ProjectBoston617-674-2371Facilitates access to financing and business support for small farms and food businesses.
The Food ProjectLincoln781-259-8621Working 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 BankBoston617-427-5200Distributes food to needy people in Eastern Massachusetts and provides nutrition education.
The Trustees of ReservationsStatewide978-921-1944The Trustees preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.
Toxics Action CenterStatewide617-292-4821Works 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 LandStatewide415-495-4014Creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.
Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and PolicyBoston617-636-3737Pursues research and education, from cell to society, in a number of areas involving human nutrition science and policy.
UMass Amherst Department of Food ScienceAmherst413-545-2276UMass Amherst department providing education and research findings on a variety of areas in food science.
UMass Amherst Labor CenterAmherst413-545 4875Offers 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 AcademySpencer508-713-8539Provides 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 BostonBoston617-989-9920Supports 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 MassachusettsAmherst413-253-4350A 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 MassachusettsAmherst413-253-4300Provides loans and technical assistance to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural areas.
Waltham Fields Community FarmWaltham781-899-2403Promotes local agriculture and food access through farming operations and educational programs.
Western Massachusetts Food Processing CenterGreenfield413-774-7204Promotes economic development through entrepreneurship, provides opportunities for sustaining local agriculture, and promotes best practices for food producers.
Wholesome WaveStatewide203-226-1112Empowers under-served consumers to make healthier food choices by increasing affordable access to fresh, local food.
Worcester County Food BankShrewsbury508-842-3663The 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 CouncilWorcester508-723-4550Brings together the many actors and players who wish to affect the Worcester food system so that issues may be raised and solutions created.
Worcester Regional Food HubWorcester A collaborative project that aims to strengthen sustainable agriculture, increase access to local, nutritious food, and help incubate local food entrepreneurs throughout Central Massachusetts.
Worcester Roots ProjectWorcester508-343-0035A collective of youth and adult organizers creating opportunities for economic, social and environmental justice by supporting green projects and initiatives.
Massachusetts Food System Collaborative