American Farmland Trust$25,000
To ensure that farmland in New England and New York transfers from the current (and aging) generation of landowners to a next generation of farmers, which will strengthen farm economies, protect working landscapes, and create a more resilient and healthy regional food system.
Fair Food Fund$37,500
To channel the growing demand for regionally and sustainably produced food among large institutional food purchasers and build a more just and sustainable food system to provide access to healthy, fresh, and sustainably grown food, especially in underserved communities.
To enable Farm-to-Institution New England to build a stronger regional food system by connecting New England farms and food producers to institutional purchasers through cross-state collaboration and infrastructure development.
Good Shepherd Food-Bank$40,000
To form "buy local" wholesale purchase partnerships with Maine farmers and to expand direct farm-to-pantry food distributions to help eliminate hunger and poor diets for needy Maine families.
To protect local and regional food systems against potentially damaging international trade agreements.
Land for Good$25,000
To develop tools that aid farmers and farm purchasers in making transactions that keep farmland accessible and in food production.
To build the momentum for expanding Maine-grown food, assist food growers and processers to become profitable, look for ways to access larger markets (institutions and urban markets) and identify policy barriers that hinder farmers in accessing institutional customers.
To investigate the need for and viability of creating a credit union focused on small-scale sustainable agriculture for the Northeast.
To scale up production and marketing of regionally produced food by educating farmers and fishermen about cooperative business models, providing them with technical assistance, and eliminating legal barriers that new farm and fishing cooperatives face.
To extend New Hampshire Community Loan Fund’s expertise in finance and business development to farm and food entrepreneurs, investors, and intermediaries in New Hampshire and across New England, with special emphasis on building farm-to-institution channels; and to increase New Hampshire’s involvement in revitalizing the New England food system.
To improve the supply chain from producer to wholesale/institutional buyer in order to meet the growing demand for local food while increasing farmer/producer financial viability.
Real Food Challenge$60,000
To shift New England college and university food purchases away from industrial agriculture towards local and sustainable sources.
To increase sales from New England farms to New England institutions; provide growers with new market opportunities and distributors with steady, transparent supply chains; and develop logistics and marketing solutions to encourage institutional customers to source more local and regional products.
To enhance the capacity of the University of New Hampshire Sustainability Institute to coordinate and direct Food Solutions New England, which will facilitate state-level food system planning designed to build a vibrant food economy in the region, as well as ensuring access to healthy, sufficient, and affordable food for all in New Hampshire.
To carry out an eighteen-month participatory planning process for the future of Maine’s food system, and to connect that process with those underway in the other five New England states and for the region as a whole.
To increase service and capital providers’ expertise in business, financial planning, and marketing so that they can better assist farm and food entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, thereby increasing the availability of Vermont and New England produced foods for local and regional markets.
To promote job creation, greater economic output, and increased access for Vermont and regional consumers to healthy, fresh food over the next ten years.
To make strategic investments in Vermont’s sustainable food systems.
Wholesome Wave Foundation$60,000
To strengthen the infrastructure for New England's food systems (e.g., food hubs and processors) by providing business planning assistance combined with access to capital for scaling up to successfully compete for contracts with institutional and other large buyers.