The Collaborative's priorities for promoting, monitoring, and facilitating implementation of the Plan.
To suggest projects for the Collaborative or find out how to get engaged with existing Projects, contact Director Winton Pitcoff.
Campaign for Healthy Incentives Program FundingThe Collaborative leads a campaign to ensure that this program, 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.
Farming in MassachusettsFarming 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.
Food Waste ReductionThe Collaborative is working to reduce food waste in Massachusetts through research, advocacy and network building.
MA Urban Ag CoalitionThe Collaborative is working with Mill City Grows and the Springfield Food Policy Council to organize skill sharing among urban agriculture organizations. This is a list of guidance, resources and case studies for urban ag organizations responding to COVID-19.
Municipal Food PolicyMunicipalities have significant opportunities to develop and implement policies that support the local food system. Resources are available to help advocates work with municipal officials.
MA Food Policy Councils NetworkLocal food policy councils create critical momentum for change at the local level. The Collaborative supports these groups through a statewide network of food policy councils that provides a venue to strengthen connections between the groups, share best practices, and provide relevant education.
Food system bills in the MA legislatureThe 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 Plan.