Supporting Organizations


Barre

NOFA/Mass

87 Bullard Pasture Road, Wendell, MA 01379
978-544-6347
outreach@nofamass.org
nofamass.org
facebook.com/NOFA-Mass

Northeast Organic Farming Association/Mass Chapter. 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.


 

Hardwick

East Quabbin Land Trust (Founding Member)

P.O. Box 5
120 Ridge Road, Hardwick, MA 01037
413-477-8229
chenshaw@eqlt.org
EQLT.org
facebook.com//East-Quabbin-Land-Trust

The East Quabbin Land Trust works to foster the sustainable use of our natural and historical resources for the benefit of all generations through the conservation and stewardship of the farmlands, woodlands, and waters in our region of Mass. Working with private landowners we have facilitated the conservation of over 3,500 acres, are developing a 2-mile section of the Mass Central Rail Trail and complete numerous land stewardship practices each year. The general public is invited to explore our 850 acres of land in Hardwick, Barre and New Braintree.


Holden

Worcester County Conservation District

52 Boyden Rd, Holden, MA 01520
508-829-0168
lisa.trotto@ma.us.gov
WorcesterConservation.org

The Worcester County Conservation District is a division of state government, created by state law to provide local leadership in the conservation of our natural resources. We accomplish much of our work through partnerships with state and federal agencies and local conservation organizations. We provide an established structure that can quickly supply expertise and manpower to solve environmental issues.


Leominster

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (Founding Member)

464 Abbott Ave, Leominster, MA 01453
978-345-7376
mrpc@mrpc.org
mrpc.org
facebook.com/Montachusett-Regional-Planning-Commission

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is the regional planning agency for 22 cities & towns that comprise the Montachusett Region.  MRPC has joined forces with CMRPC and others in an effort to better connect central Massachusetts farm products to the tables of our local families. Superior locally grown and raised vegetable and meat products, cheese and wine are produced in the Montachusett Region. We’re proud to work alongside a vast network of farmers, distributors, grocery stores and innovators from the Nashoba Valley to North Quabbin regions & everyone in between.

North County Land Trust

325 Lindell Avenue, Leominster, MA 01453
978-466-3900
jmorrison@northcountylandtrust.org
NorthCountyLandTrust.org
facebook.com/NorthCountyLandTrust

North County Land Trust works in a 14 community region in north-central Mass., to conserve farms and other working landscapes. We work with landowners, grassroots groups and communities to finance conservation projects, using government grants and other funding sources.


Growing Places

325 Lindell Ave, Leominster, MA 01453
978-598-3723
staff@growingplaces.org
joanne@growingplaces.org
GrowingPlaces.org

At Growing Places, we believe in the power of food gardening to improve lives. We help individuals, families, and communities in North Central Massachusetts to realize the social, health and economic benefits of growing, harvesting and using their own produce. We offer hands-on educational programs in our Teaching Gardens, educational workshops and provide educational materials and support to food gardeners in the region. To help support our mission we operate a small market garden producing greens and garlic.


Marlborough

Mass Farm Bureau

249 Lakeside Ave, Marlborough, MA 01752
508-481-4766
katelyn@mfbf.net
farmbureau.co

Mass Farm Bureau is the state’s largest non-profit trade association of agricultural producers. Over 6,000 member families in 11 counties have joined together to solve problems common to the agricultural community. While members join at the local county level, a membership gives you access to all the benefits of both the Mass Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation, the world’s largest agricultural advocacy organization with over 6.2 million family members nationwide.


Petersham

Common Grow, LLC

203 East Street, Petersham, MA 01366
978-724-3311
rich@commongrow.com
commongrow.com
facebook.com/Common-Grow-LLC

Common Grow, LLC is a legal and land use consulting firm that works with farmers, landowners, homebuyers, municipalities, and non-profit organizations to support those engaged in agricultural pursuits and to develop innovative methods for protecting farms and open space and for encouraging food security and biodiversity. For more information, visit commongrow.com.


Princeton

Wachusett Mountain Association

Rutland

Holden Grange #78

51 Muschopauge Road, Rutland, MA 01543
508-886-4037
holdengrange78@gmail.com
grange.org/holdenma78/

The Grange, a family fraternal organization, provides a variety of programs and activities for its members and the community. Since receiving its charter in 1875, Holden Grange continues to promote agriculture as an essential industry for our economy. Members are dedicated to improving the community through education on agriculturally-related topics, service projects, and volunteerism.  For more information visit our website.


Shrewsbury

Worcester County Food Bank

474 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
508-842-3663
jmcmurray@feedingamerica.org
foodbank.org
facebook.com/Worcester-County-Food-Bank

Worcester County Food Bank’s (WCFB)  is the region’s leading anti-hunger organization distributing over 5 million pounds of donated food in partnership with food donors, financial supporters, and volunteers. WCFB provides this product to a network of 131 Partner Agencies that have programs for feeding people including food pantries, community meal sites, and shelters. WCFB also advocates within the community and at the state and federal levels for systemic, sustainable solutions to the problem of hunger.


Ware

Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation (Founding Member)

23 West Main Street, Suite 1, Ware, MA 01082
413-967-3001
mail@qvcdc.com
QVCDC.org
facebook.com/Quaboag-Valley-CDC

Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation is a nonprofit community development organization providing technical support and financing to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Our services include business computer skills training (Excel, Word, QuickBooks, and more), technical assistance (legal, accounting, business planning, websites, and more) and loans for small businesses that do not qualify for conventional financing ($500 – $100,000). Many of our services are available at low or no cost (eligibility requirements apply). Visit our website to learn more! qvcdc.com


Westminster

Westminster Agricultural Commission

11 South Street, Westminster, MA 01473
978-874-1373
altobelliml260@comcast.net
westminster-ma.gov
facebook.com/Westminster-Farmers-Market

We host Westminster’s Farmers’ Market – first Friday in May through last Friday in October, 3:00-6:30 pm, on Academy Hill, with 15 core vendors and 25-30 on event days -(5 scheduled events May, July, Aug, Sept and October) carrying a full range of local foods. We also support the Backyard Growing educational series, the Growing Great Food working group and other educational and local food events with the collaboration of the GAFFers (Gardening And Farming Friends), our local independent support group.


Worcester

Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (Founding Member)

2 Washington Square – Union Station, Worcester, MA 01604
508-459-7717
jpierce@cmrpc.org
CMRPC.org
facebook.com/Central-Mass-Regional-Planning-Commission

CMRPC is the designated regional planning entity for the southern two-thirds of Worcester County. Beginning in 2012, CMRPC began studying the region’s agricultural economy. CMRPC is now working with farmers, institutions, markets, and others to explore how to improve the efficiency of moving products from farm to market. Promoting Central Mass Grown has been a key aspect of that. In addition, CMRPC is assessing the feasibility of developing a food hub in southwestern Worcester County.


Regional Environmental Council

9 Castle Street, No. 1, Worcester, MA 01610
508-799-9139
director@recworcester.org
recworcester.org
facebook.com/Regional-Environmental-Council

The REC Food Justice Program works to increase and facilitate access to fresh, healthy, affordable produce for residents of Worcester’s lowest income and most food insecure neighborhoods. We accomplish this through our network of 60+ community and school gardens, a youth employment and leadership development program for low-income teens that grow organic produce on two urban farms, and run three full season farmers’ markets including a Mobile Market that makes 15 stops per week in low-income, food insecure neighborhoods.


Worcester Food Policy Council

c/o United Way, 484 Main St., Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01608
508-723-4550
hungerfreeworcester@gmail.com
WorcesterFoodandActiveLiving.org
facebook.com/Worcester-Food-Active-Living-Policy-Council

The Worcester Food & Active Living Policy Council (FALPC) is a coalition of organizations, institutions and agencies that work for a sustainable and just food system and active community environment in Worcester and beyond. FALPC does this through public education, policymaker engagement, and policy advocacy.  We work at the local level and at the state level with partners from across the commonwealth in sectors such as public health, agriculture, social justice, anti-hunger, and bike and pedestrian advocacy.