creating a resilient, healthy, safe and equitable regional food system through local food efforts.

Community Stories

Food Collection in Brattleboro (VT)

In 2004, Triple T Trucking started picking up organics because they saw a business opportunity and a resource that was being wasted. No one else was doing it and so they saw it as a service.

Building Health Equity in Newport, RI

In RI, the state health department developed their health equity zone program in an effort to mitigate the disparities and inequities present in living in some neighborhoods in the Ocean State.

Food Collection in New Paltz, NY

Curbside food scrap collection came to New Paltz, NY (population 12,830) soon after the town partnered with the U. S. EPA to initiate a Zero Waste campaign in 2011.

Food Collection in Hamilton (MA)

Hamilton allows households one 33-gallon container of solid waste, any more and you but as special blue bag for $1,75 and "Pay-As-You-Throw', but you recycle and compost as much as you want.

Food Collection in Lambertville (NJ)

For a nominal $65 fee for the service, participants in Lambertville (NJ) get the Third Can curbside cart, a pail to use in the kitchen, compostable bin-liner bags and free compost three times a year

Aquidneck Island: A Beachhead for Food Sovereignty

Bringing all the pieces together and finding the gaps, establishing communication and basic food knowledge in the community of Aquidneck Island, are the overarching goals of Aquidneck Community Table

From one, many: A garden grew

We all know the old proverb about the mighty oak and the little acorn. Well, in Barrington, RI, that’s pretty much the story of the community garden.

Creating Place with a Community Garden

The Franklin Community Preschool Garden in Franklin, VT educated the youngest members of their community about the “seed to plate to compost” cycle and engages children in the process.

Bring the Ocean to the Desert

The African Alliance of Rhode Island has a plan to bring local food and fish to neighborhoods in the southern end of Providence, RI.

SLRO: Farming to Fight Food Insecurity

The Sustainable Livelihood Relief Organization, formed by members of the Somali Bantu community, is using farming to fight food insecurity in Lewiston, ME.

(New) Urban Farming in Pawtucket (RI)

New Urban Farmers has brought a passion for local food and gardening to the kinds of communities that the localvore movement has largely bypassed.

PEP Talks

Portland (ME) Permablitzing

Grassroots Fund grantee group The Resilience Hub organizes a permablitz on the Eastern Promenade in Portland (ME).  Lisa Fernandes & Heather Foran share more about the work/impact of permablitzing.

Seacoast Eat Local

Sara Zoë Patterson is the founder and board chair of Seacoast Eat Local. Just like Bat Girl, she has a day job as a librarian, at New Franklin School in Portsmouth, NH.


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Princeton container guide

Outreach tool from Princeton (NJ) highlighting what is acceptable in the community food collection program

Bratteboro Pay-As-You-Throw guide

This guide will help you find answers to your questions about trash, PAYT, recycling, curbside compost collection, hazardous waste and disposal of non-curbside items. 

Food Solutions New England

Food Solutions New England (FSNE) is a regional, collaborative network organized around a single goal: to transform the New England food system into a resilient driver of racial equity and food justice, health, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities.

NH Fresh & Local Seafood

New Hampshire Fresh and Local Seafood provides a direct channel to purchase local fish making it a distinct and unique product. It's an example of an effort to increase awareness (and purchase) of local, sustainable seafood. 

50 by 60 - A New England Food Vision

A bold vision, put forth by members of Food Solutions New England, that calls for the New England region to build the capacity to produce at least 50% of clean, fair, just and accessible food for all New Englanders by 2060. Grassroots groups have used the food vision to provide context for their local work and to replicate some of the research pieces at the micro-level as the inform their own planning efforts. 

Ron Finley - guerilla gardener TED Talk

Grassroots groups have used this video as a starting point for meetings and as inspiration to show how local food activity can spark deep impact a the local level. Ron Finley’s vision for a healthy, accessible “food forest” started with the curbside veggie garden he planted in the strip of dirt in front of his own house. When the city tried to shut it down, Finley’s fight gave voice to a larger movement that provides nourishment, empowerment, education - and healthy, hopeful futures - one urban garden at a time.

RI Wild Plant Society

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, Inc., is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of Rhode Island's native plants and their habitats.

Kitchen Gardeners International

Their mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve greater levels of food self-reliance through the promotion of kitchen gardening, home-cooking, and sustainable local food systems. In doing so, KGI seeks to connect, serve, and expand the global community of people who grow some of their own food.

Upper Valley Farm to School

Upper Valley Farm to School share useful ideas for integrating farm to school into your school classroom, cafeteria, community or garden.

Green Mountain Farm to School

Working to promote the health and well being of Vermont’s children, farms and communities, Green Mountain Farm to School provides programs that integrate fresh food from local farms and school gardens into cafeterias while providing the knowledge and skills students need to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Neighboring Food Co-op Association

The Neighboring Food Co-op Association (NFCA) includes over 30 food co-ops and start-up initiatives in New England that are working together toward a shared vision of a thriving regional economy, rooted in a healthy, just and sustainable food system and a vibrant community of co-operative enterprise.

Salvation Farms

Salvation Farms utilizes local resources, skills and knowledge to create strong partnerships across industries and sectors and effectively move surplus food from farms to those who need it. The organization is available to assist community gleaning efforts in Vermont and across New England.

Boston Natural Areas Network

Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN) works to preserve, expand and improve urban open space through community organizing, acquisition, ownership, programming, development and management of special kinds of urban land - community gardens, urban wilds and greenways. BNAN staff is available as a technical resource to community gardeners in the Greater Boston area.

Southside Community Land Trust

Southside Community Land Trust provides access to land, education and other resources so people in Greater Providence can grow food in environmentally sustainable ways and create community food systems where locally produced, affordable, and healthy food is available to all. SSCLT staff is available as a technical resource to community gardeners across Greater Providence.

Grow It! Workshops

Join community and school garden leaders from around your region for this unique training series. Learn strategies to boost your garden programs and support growth, share stories and ideas, and celebrate this growing movement.

How to Start a Community Garden

The Vermont Community Garden Network provides a range or resources for new and established community gardens. The Start a Garden page gives a detailed overview of the different steps to get a (community) garden up and running.

Guide to Fruit Tree Basics

Cornell Cooperative Extension guide on fruit tree basics. Good resource for learning about growing fruit and part of an educational course on trees. Covers all the basics and provides a great foundation.


Understanding of various issues and programs related to sustainable agriculture in Maine

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

NAMA is a fishermen-led organization working at the intersection of marine conservation and social, economic, and environmental justice.
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