Food System Organizations Directory

There are hundreds of organizations representing diverse food systems interests across the Northeast. Below is a partial list searchable by keyword and location. If you would like to be added to the list contact us at [email protected].

  • National Academy of Sciences
  • National Agriculture of the Middle Initiative
  • National Center for Appropriate Technology
  • National Cooperative Business Association
  • National Farmers Union
  • National Good Food Network
  • National Organic Coalition
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
    The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities. NSAC’s vision of agriculture is one where a safe, nutritious, ample, and affordable food supply is produced by a legion of family farmers who make a decent living pursuing their trade, while protecting the environment, and contributing to the strength and stability of their communities.

    110 Maryland Avenue NE, Suite 209 Washington, D.C. 20002
    (202) 547-5754
  • National Young Farmers Coalition
    MISSION NYFC represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success.  VISION We envision a country where young people who are willing to work, get trained and take a little risk can support themselves and their families in farming.  GUIDING PRINCIPLES The National Young Farmers Coalition supports practices and policies that will sustain young, independent and prosperous farmers now and in the future.

    PO BOX 1074 Hudson, New York 12534
  • Native Earth Teaching Farm
  • Neighboring Food Co-op Association
  • NESAWG Distribution and Food Workgroup
    The focus of Distribution and Food Hubs sessions at this year's It Takes A Region Conference will be Postmortem: FoodEx 2008-2014, featuring a presentation by JD Kemp, FoodEx founder. FoodEx was an internet-based local food transporter and distributor, formerly based in Boston.

  • NESAWG Race and Equity Workgroup
  • NESAWG Research & Assessment Workgroup
    NESAWG's Research & Assessment Workgroup includes a diversity of practitioners, funders, researchers, planners, educators, advocates and others in its membership. What we share is an interest in more informed decision making and programming.As a Community of Practice/Learning, we draw from each others experience and expertise, sharing insights and challenges, identifying areas of common need and opportunity. Through that process, we've initiated the Northeast Food Knowledge Ecosystem pilot project. Partnering with a number of other regional organizations, NEFKE is a collaborative effort linking people, technology and information in support of a healthy, more resilient regional food system. We welcome input and engagement as we implement several exciting new collaborative tools and shared resources. 

  • New England Farmers Union
    New England Farmers Union (NEFU), a membership organization, is committed to enhancing  the quality of life for family farmers, fishermen, nurserymen and their customers through educational opportunities, co-operative endeavors and civic engagement. NEFU was founded in 2006 as a charter member of the National Farmers Union (NFU) an agricultural advocacy organization founded in 1902 and based in Washington, D.C. NEFU farmers and fishermen drive policy positions. Our members engage New England elected officials and public agencies, and press them to implement and enforce laws and regulations that will strengthen New England’s agriculture and fisheries. Legislators from our region look to NEFU when deciding how to vote on policies that will have an impact on issues such as: Dairy: New England dairies are small and face different issues than dairy farms in other parts of the country. NEFU works with lawmakers to ensure that our region’s dairy farmers have a voice in shaping policies that affect milk prices and regulations. Direct Sales: New England farmers rely on sales directly to consumers and local food producers. NEFU fights to protect the economic viability of small-scale growers and producers. Sustainability: New England farmers leverage resources from public agencies to develop sustainable practices that protect their long-term viability. NEFU educates legislators about how small investments in our region can have a significant impact on our food, the environment and our economy. Conservation: From our coastlands to our mountains, New England abounds with natural resources and beauty. NEFU advocates for policies that preserve our rural and coastal landscape while enhancing our region’s economic well-being. Energy and Food Security: By promoting co-operative educational and business enterprises, NEFU works to ensure that our children will live in a region that can feed and fuel itself.

    176 Avenue A, Suite 2 Turners Falls, MA 01376
  • New England Grassroots Environmental Fund
  • New England Small Farm Institute
  • New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • New Jersey Conservation Foundation
  • New Roots Charter School
  • New York Farm Bureau
  • New York Residents Against Drilling
  • New York Small Scale Food Processors Association
  • New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
    Welcome to the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets' website. Our mission is to foster a competitive food and agriculture industry that benefits producers and consumers alike. Agriculture makes up one-quarter of the State's land area and contributes immensely to the quality of life in New York State by generating economic activity and producing wholesome products to nourish our families. We work diligently to promote a viable agricultural industry, foster agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguard our food supply.

  • New York State Dept. of Health, Div. of Nutrition
  • New York State Senate Agriculture Committee
  • New York Sustainable Ag Working Group
  • New York University
  • New York University, Dept. of Food Studies
  • New York University, SCPS
  • Newton Community Farm
  • NOFA Central NY
  • NOFA Connecticut
    CT NOFA is a growing community of farmers, gardeners, land care professionals, and consumers that encourages a healthy relationship to the natural world. CT NOFA: Promotes methods of farming, gardening, and land care that respect biodiversity, soil, water, air, and the needs of future generations through education, support, and advoca Encourages the growth of a sustainable, regional food system that is ecologically sound, economically viable and socially just. Educates consumers about their power to effect positive changes through their food and land care choices. Increases the local and organic food supply and maintains productive agricultural land by creating opportunities for new and veteran farmers. CT NOFA is working toward: The growth of organic food production in Connecticut, resulting in local, sustainable agricultural systems. A clean, safe, healthy environment to pass on to future generations. Preservation of existing farmland in the state. An abundant supply of organically grown food for Connecticut citizens.

    126 Derby Avenue, Derby, CT 06418
    (203) 308-2584
  • NOFA Massachusetts
    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. NOFA/Mass envisions a commonwealth of people working together to create healthy landscapes that feed our communities and restore our environment.

    411 Sheldon Road Barre, MA 01005
    (978) 355-2853
  • NOFA New Hampshire
    Our Mission: We actively promote regenerative, ecologically sound gardening, farming and land care practices for healthy communities. We help people build local, sustainable, healthy food systems.

    84 Silk Farm Road, Concord, NH 03301
    (603) 224-5022
  • NOFA New Jersey
    334 River Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844
  • NOFA New York
    Founded in 1983, NOFA-NY is a statewide organization leading a growing movement of farmers, consumers, gardeners, and businesses committed to promoting sustainable, local, organic food and farming.  We provide education, assistance, and support to regionally-based, sustainable farmers to help them thrive; educate consumers about the value in buying local, organic products; help consumers connect with regionally-based farmers; work to make local, organic food available to all people; and advocate policies that support a sustainable food and farm system. Our organization promotes the stewardship of the land and the lives that inhabit it.  Stewardship encompasses the long term viability of our natural resource base; the health of consumers; the working conditions of farmers, their families and workers; the needs of communities; and the welfare of farm animals.

    1423 Hathaway Drive Farmington, NY 14425
    (585) 271-1979
  • NOFA Vermont
    The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont is a nonprofit association of farmers, gardeners, and consumers working to promote an economically viable and ecologically sound Vermont food system for the benefit of current and future generations.

    PO Box 697, Richmond, VT 05477
  • North Twin Educational Programs
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)
    The NOFA Interstate Council provides coordination between the chapters, conducts the annual NOFA Summer Conference and acts as an umbrella organization for projects of collective concern to NOFA chapters, such as the Northeast Interstate Organic Certification Committee. Each of the seven state chapters comprising the Northeast Organic Farming Association provides educational conferences, workshops, farm tours and printed materials to educate farmers, gardeners, consumers and land care professionals. The Natural Farmer, the quarterly newspaper of the NOFA Interstate Council, publishes features on organic farming techniques, certification issues, environmental developments as they impact farmers and growers, organic market conditions and other topics of interest to the Northeast organic community.

    411 Sheldon Road Barre, MA 01005
  • Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development
  • Northeast-Midwest Institute
  • Northern Berkshire Transition
  • Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance (NAMA)
    The Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance’s mission is to enhance and maintain healthy marine ecosystems by organizing a decentralized network of community-based fishermen, fishworkers and allies.We are a fishermen-led organization that promotes fleet diversity and gives a voice to independent, community based fishermen.We work with community based fishermen on market and policy alternatives that protect and maintain marine biodiversity while ensuring healthy local fishing economies that feed healthy food systems. We advocate for policies and practices that will sustain our fisheries.

    Gloucester, MA 01930
  • Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership
  • Nuestras Raices
  • NYC Dept of Health & Mental Hygiene
  • NYC Foodscape
  • NYS Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition