Networks and Advocacy Groups
A hub for agritourism listings for the consumer and also for those who want to post their agritourism location as a listing for free.
Boston Area Sustainability Group
The Boston Area Sustainability Group’s mission is to break down the silos of knowledge within sustainability, to assist the perpetual education of themselves and their peers, and to grow a robust community of subject matter experts equipped to collectively drive sustainability forward. They are an affinity group of 1400+ sustainability practitioners and engaged individuals representing a myriad of industries, academia, government, NGO, and not-for-profit entities in the Boston area and beyond. Participants hail from 264 communities across 24 states and a half dozen countries. Since 2009, they have come together on a regular basis to network, to learn, and to exchange on critical topics of sustainability.
Boston Food Network
We took a shot at documenting Boston’s local food scene and came up with this website as a resource. We hope you find it useful in exploring and learning about Boston’s food network. We built this resource because we want to see the Greater Boston local food network grow, and we see its potential as one of the strongest local food systems in the world (we’ll start with just the best in the country). We chose to sort this information into categories by role: producers, distributors, prepared food, food rescue, and facilitators.
The CitySprouts mission is to develop, implement and maintain beautiful, resource-rich school gardens in collaboration with public school communities. Integrated into the curriculum, CitySprouts gardens inspire teachers, students, and families with a deep, hands-on connection to the food cycle, sustainable agriculture, and the natural environment.
Food Business Association
The Food Business Association provides networking and educational support for local food industry professionals and entrepreneurs in Massachusetts.
Food Marketing Institute
For food retailers, wholesalers and suppliers of all types and sizes, FMI leads the way in providing comprehensive programs, resources, guidance, advocacy and services for the food, pharmacy and grocery retail industry.
Food Corps Massachusetts
FoodCorps connects kids to healthy food in school, so they can lead healthier lives and reach their full potential. The AmeriCorps leaders deliver our program in high-need schools, focusing on hands-on lessons, healthy school meals and a schooled culture of health. The MA service sites offer a variety of exciting and meaningful service settings; you may find yourself conducting a cooking class with a group of 2nd-grade chefs, designing lessons on the food system for an after-school club, or inspiring teachers to bring their students to the school garden you have cultivated for their interdisciplinary enrichment. Combine your passions for healthy food, education, justice, and community building with a great service year in Massachusetts!
Grocery Manufacturers Association
The Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 250 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe. Based in Washington, D.C., GMA’s member organizations include internationally recognized brands as well as steadily growing, localized brands.
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
The mission at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City is to drive economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector investment to create jobs, income and wealth for local residents. Founded in 1994 by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter, the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City is a national nonprofit research and advisory organization and the leading authority on U.S. inner city economies and the businesses that thrive there.
Land for Good
Their mission is to ensure the future of farming in New England by putting more farmers more securely on more land. They envision a vibrant landscape of working farms managed by thriving farmers. Entire communities will benefit from increased farming opportunity, healthy lands, and a more secure food supply. Since 2004, they have provided caring support and expert guidance to help farmers, landowners and communities navigate the complex challenges of land access, tenure and transfer. And their comprehensive and collaborative approach achieves customized solutions and helps realize family, farm business and community goals.
Let's Talk About Food
Let’s Talk About Food has morphed from a little do-good idea to a city-wide umbrella organization that presents educational events in partnership with universities, museums, libraries, hospitals, cities and towns, cooking schools, trade organizations, science festivals and a host of other non-profits.
Massachusetts Farm to School
Mass. Farm to School strengthens local farms and fisheries and promotes healthy communities by increasing local food purchasing and education at schools.
The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative
The Massachusetts Food System Collaborative (MFSC) was created following the completion of the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan in December 2015. The goals of the Collaborative are to promote, monitor, and facilitate implementation of the Plan.
National Specialty Food Association
The Specialty Food Association (SFA) is a membership-based trade association founded in 1952 and currently representing 3,500+ businesses. The SFA vision is to “Shape the Future of Food.” The members are specialty food artisans, purveyors, importers and entrepreneurs, as well as distributors, retailers, and others involved in the specialty food trade. The Association is a source of industry information, educational events and in-person and online networking opportunities for its members, including a Specialty Food Business Summit and online Product Marketplace. SFA produces yearly research reports that include the State of the Specialty Food Industry and Today’s Specialty Food Consumer.
National Confectioners Association
The National Confectioners Association is the trade organization that advances, protects and promotes chocolate, candy, gum and mints, and the companies that make these special treats. As the leading association for the $35 billion U.S. confectionery industry, NCA educates the public to help ensure that it understands and appreciates the unique role that chocolate and candy can play in a happy, balanced lifestyle. Confections are produced in all 50 states, creating jobs for approximately 55,000 workers in more than 1,000 manufacturing facilities across the country. More than 400,000 jobs in agriculture, retail, transportation and other industries rely in part on the sale of confections for their livelihood. For every one job that is created by confectionery companies, another seven are supported in related industries.
New England Small Farm Institute
New England Small Farm Institute (NESFI) is a land-based, non-profit organization. It was founded in 1978 by a local citizens' action group—Women in Agriculture, Food Policy and Land Use Reform—to encourage more sustainable regional agriculture, Their mission is to promote small farm development by providing information and training for aspiring, beginning and transitioning farmers. They maintain an extensive resource collection; produce publications; develop and offer innovative, farmer-guided programs; and advocate for policies that encourage sustainable small-scale agriculture. They seek collaborative program-delivery partnerships with service providers—associates, on-farm mentors, organizations and agencies—throughout the Northeast and nationwide.
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
New Entry, an initiative of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and additional partners, works locally, regionally, and across the country to strengthen local food systems by supporting new farmers. They serve and collaborate with the people, communities, and organizations in Massachusetts, the Northeast, and beyond!
Northeast Organic Farming Association
Through education and advocacy NOFA/Mass promotes organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil for the health of individuals, communities and the planet.
Nourish Boston connects people across socioeconomic boundaries with local, healthy food sources to improve individual and environmental health. Through classes, online tools, and outreach, they educate community members about the importance of food choices and teach skills that facilitate continued healthy living. As part of this effort, Nourish Boston and its members support local sustainable farms through education and volunteer work. Human health and environmental health exist in reciprocity, and nurturing the interconnectedness of people and land helps both to thrive.
Online Support for New England Food Entrepreneurs
This website is designed to help you start, maintain, or expand a food business. This online resource is brought to you by The New England Extension Food Safety Consortium, a network of Cooperative Extension food safety and nutrition specialists and educators and food science faculty representing the six New England land-grant universities. The Consortium develops and implements educational interventions on food safety issues from farm to table.
Project Bread brings a fresh approach to ending hunger. These are their goals: to promote sustainable and reliable access to healthy food for all, to invest in the strength and resiliency of local communities, and to collaborate with others in building a robust regional food system. With the support of partners, donors, corporate sponsors, individuals—and tens of thousands of Walkers—they work to break the cycle of hunger and poverty by devising, funding, advocating for, and facilitating solutions that change lives across the Commonwealth. As the only statewide anti-hunger organization, they listen and learn, identify needs and opportunities, and connect people, resources, and programs—in ways both tried and new.
Slow Money Institute
Slow Money Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to catalyzing the flow of capital to local food systems, connecting investors to the places where they live and promoting new principles of fiduciary responsibility that “bring money back down to earth.”
Southeastern MA Agricultural Partnership
SEMAP is dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food and sustainable farming in southeastern Massachusetts through research and education.
Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts
Launched in 1988 as the Responsible Business Alliance, the Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, MA with the mission to build a Massachusetts economy that is local, green and fair. In September 2013, SBN celebrated 25 years of supporting and building local entrepreneurship. With over 1000 locally owned and independent businesses, affiliates and individuals participating in SBN’s projects and programs, SBN remains the leading organization of sustainable business in the state.
They work to create a welcoming and hospitable culture for new entrants in sustainable agriculture. They have made films, radio, guidebooks, parties+trainings, almanacs, anthologies, song collections, exhibits, mixers, art-stunts and trans-media collaboratives that defy classification. They are a community powered studio dedicated to grassroots media, cultural programming and land repair for the benefit of the human and non-human worlds. Their various programs and projects address the practical and social concerns of those in their first years farming, they emphasize restorative land-practices, skill-building, networking and dialogue.
Trustees of the Reservation
The Trustees of Reservations preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. Together with neighbors, they protect the distinct character of our communities and inspire a commitment to our special places. Their passion is to share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures we care for. They enjoy and care for more than 100 special places – nearly 25,000 acres – all around Massachusetts.
Urban Farming Institute
The Urban Farming Institute of Boston’s mission is to develop and promote urban farming as a Commercial sector that creates green collar jobs for residents; and to engage urban communities in building a healthier and more locally based food system.
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.