Things on Tuesday: “Act Locally” Holiday Gift Edition

The 60 degree weather plus Christmas lights is a little weird to most of us New Englanders, but that is no reason not to feel the holiday spirit.

Inspired by this fellow WordPresser, I asked the NEFOOD Listserv for local food & agriculture non-profits to support.

When you think about giving charitably this season remember that the crises from Irene are not over for many farmers, and, it is truer than most clichés: No Farms. No Food.

My top 5 (because I have personally benefitted from their programs or know their work first hand).

  1. New Entry Sustainable Farming Program Cash, In-Kind, or Volunteer donations accepted
  2. Northeast Organic Farming Association Give to regional or state chapters
  3. Farmers Market Coalition Give to regional or state chapters
  4. Greenhorns Great, Grassroots, Grabs your attention
  5. CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture). Makes great use of donations for many projects. Link is to a special loan program for farmers impacted by Irene.

Other MA

  1. Boston Area Gleaners Glean food that is edible but will not be sold from local farms to bring fresh fruits & vegetables to food pantries & shelters.
  2. North Country Sustainability Center – Teaching traditional skills and helping a community become sustainable and self-sufficient
  3. New England Farmers Union – Provide a much-needed political voice for farmers
  4. North Amherst Community Farm Public-Private Partnership providing a CSA, increasing local access to organic food, maintaining a community and natural resource (Also, I grew up in Amherst. Yay!)
  5. Island Grown – Gleaning, mobile poultry processing, school gardens, Martha’s Vineyard farm map, and more

Out of State & Honorable Mentions

  1. Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (PA)
  2. Rochester Roots Urban ag, school gardens (NY)
  3. Lovin Spoonfuls Boston area food rescue (MA)
  4. Waltham Fields Community Farm (MA)
  5. Your local food bank Food security is an increasing problem and even some pretty small towns have food banks or charitable services that serve and/or distribute food. If you can’t donate money, donate food or time. It will feel good and every little bit helps.

Happy Giving Season!

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