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).
- New Entry Sustainable Farming Program Cash, In-Kind, or Volunteer donations accepted
- Northeast Organic Farming Association Give to regional or state chapters
- Farmers Market Coalition Give to regional or state chapters
- Greenhorns Great, Grassroots, Grabs your attention
- 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.
- 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.
- North Country Sustainability Center – Teaching traditional skills and helping a community become sustainable and self-sufficient
- New England Farmers Union – Provide a much-needed political voice for farmers
- 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!)
- Island Grown – Gleaning, mobile poultry processing, school gardens, Martha’s Vineyard farm map, and more
Out of State & Honorable Mentions
- Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (PA)
- Rochester Roots Urban ag, school gardens (NY)
- Lovin Spoonfuls Boston area food rescue (MA)
- Waltham Fields Community Farm (MA)
- 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!