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Central Mass Grown is a non-profit organization comprised of farmers, buy-local advocates, and community leaders dedicated to raising consumer awareness and increasing the profitability of regional farms.

Predicated on the symbiotic relationship between farmers and their surrounding communities, Central Mass Grown’s efforts have generated consumer awareness and the demand for locally grown food products, while streamlining the logistical access to these crucial food/product sources. Our organization’s mission is to promote the purchase of local agricultural products and to foster education about its benefits to health, community, economy, and the environment. 

In practice, we at Central Mass Grown…

  • Educate farmers, consumers, and the general public on issues about and related to farming;

  • To support the advancement of knowledge and understanding of farms and farming and their benefits and relationship to the environmental, economic, nutritional and social well-being of persons within central Massachusetts and surrounding areas;

  • Promote the sales and purchase of agricultural products grown in Central Massachusetts to local markets, restaurants, retailers, aggregators, distributors, general consumers and others; and

  • To undertake such other activities as are consistent with the requirements of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1984, as amended, and regulations adopted thereto



Board of Directors

(Chair) Halley Stillman, Still Life Farm, Hardwick
Joanie Walker, Walker Farm on Whortleberry Hill, New Braintree
Trish Settles, CMRPC, Stow
Maleah Gustafson, Central Mass Local Food, Holden
Sheri Bean, MRPC & Baile an Chotaigh Farm, Westminster
Susan Phinney, Locust Knoll Farm, Sterling
Grace Sliwoski, Regional Environmental Council, Worcester
Kate Gervais, Worcester County Conservation District, Holden
Andre Tougas, Tougas Farm, Northborough
Bruce Hopper, Pure BS Maple Shack, Auburn
Sheila Cuddy, Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp., Ware
Lynn Hartman, Hartman’s Herb Farm, Barre
Sheryl Vaillette, Westminster Agricultural Commission, Westminster

Executive Director:
Mackenzie May (2016)