Home » Events » Meet-the-Nonprofits: Farming & Local Food

Meet-the-Nonprofits: Farming & Local Food

March 30th, 2023
10:00AM to 11:30AM
Zoom - information to be emailed
Grantmaker, Philanthropic Advisor
Event type:
Philanthropic trends
Base fee:

Here in Massachusetts and throughout the country, we’ve seen increases in the costs to grow food and buy food and a doubling of food insecurity. We’ve also seen the resilience of local food systems and the importance of farming and local food in weathering the crises caused by the pandemic, climate, and other global events. Despite the far-reaching importance of local food systems, since 2018, less than 1% of all funding to Massachusetts-based nonprofits has gone to support farming and local food.

During this program, we will focus on three issues within the farming and local food space and how they manifest in Massachusetts. Experts and practitioners will discuss topics such as what it takes to be a successful farm, equity in farming, and scaling up our local food system. Featured speakers from Massachusetts-based nonprofits will shed light on what their organizations are doing to support local food and farming and the different layers and aspects of their work. This session is an opportunity to hear from and meet nonprofit representatives working in this arena, as well as gather with other funders interested in supporting this work.

In the final 25 minutes, participants will have an opportunity to head into breakout rooms for more informal engagement with our speakers.

Our Speakers:

Margaret Christie, Special Projects Director, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture

Joy GaryExecutive DirectorBoston Farms

Jessy Gill, Program and Policy DirectorWorld Farmers

Ruth GoldmanProgram OfficerMerck Family Fund (Moderator)

Jennifer Hashley, Trisha Pérez Kennealy and Michael Kennealy Director, New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

Winton Pitcoff, Director, Massachusetts Food System Collaborative

This program is presented in partnership with the Sudbury Foundation, Merck Family Fund, Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture, and New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.

Registration type: 
Normal registration

Zoom Instructions for Virtual or Hybrid Programs:

Zoom information: Zoom information for the program will be sent out to all registrants one week before AND in the afternoon of the business day before the session is scheduled to take place.  Please reach out to info@philanthropyma.org if you believe you are registered for this program and do not receive the link.

Registration & Program Follow-up Materials: Registration for the program will be closed at 2pm EST on the day before the program is scheduled to take place.  If you register after this point, you will be added to the waitlist and will be able to receive the program recording as well as all follow-up materials from the session.  For fee-based Nonprofit Partner programs, you can request these materials for a discounted rate.  Please note that it may take up to a week to prepare and disseminate those materials to all registrants.

Community Guidelines, Program Policies and In-Person Protocol:

Philanthropy Massachusetts has adopted these Community Guidelines & Policies for all programs.  

133 Federal Street, Suite 802 | Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617.426.2606
© 2019 Philanthropy Massachusetts