The James Beard Foundation and Food Tank, along with a prestigious advisory group of food system experts, developed the first annual “Good Food Org Guide.” This definitive Guide highlights nonprofit organizations that are doing exemplary work in the United States in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice. Only nonprofit, scholarly, and municipal initiatives have been selected in order to spotlight efforts that are focused on community building and engagement, advocacy, and service.

The vision and objective of this annual publication is to focus attention on the dozens of nonprofit organizations (listed in alphabetical order, not ranked) who are working in fields, kitchens, classrooms, laboratories, businesses, town halls, and Congress to create a better food system. The list was determined by distinguished experts, including past recipients of the James Beard Leadership Award and food and agriculture leaders.

“We hope this guide will serve as a resource for chefs, farmers, students, advocates, and others to find the resources they need about the growing good food movement in the U.S.,” says Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation.

This annual guide will be launched at the James Beard Food Conference on October 27, 2014 as the definitive guide to organizations—national and state-by-state—who are making an impact with their work.

These groups include organizations who combat childhood obesity, malnourishment, and physical inactivity; prevent food waste; educate consumers on healthy, nutritious food choices; create networks of social entrepreneurs; protect food and restaurant workers; highlight solutions for restoring the health of people and the planet; work with indigenous communities to preserve traditions, culture, and biodiversity; inspire and educate individuals to cook more of their own food; and protect public health, human health, and the environment.

“Food Tank is delighted to collaborate on this effort with the James Beard Foundation—we’re thrilled to highlight so many great organizations who are working to educate, inspire, and cultivate a better food system,” says Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank.


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Action for Healthy Kids

Ag Innovations Network

AgChat Foundation

Agricultural Justice Project

AllergyKids Foundation

Alliance for a Healthier Generation


The Berry Center

Beyond Pesticides


Bioversity International

Bread for the World Institute

The Campaign for Food Justice Now

Campus Kitchens Project

Center for a Livable Future

The Center for Ecoliteracy

Center for Environmental Health

The Center for Food Safety

Center for Health and the Global Environment

The Center for Science in the Public Interest

Change Food

ChangeLab Solutions

Chef Ann Foundation

Chefs Action Network

Chefs Collaborative

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The Christensen Fund

Civil Eats

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Common Health ACTION

Common Threads

The Community Agroecology Network

Community for Zero Hunger

The Cookbook Project

Cornucopia Institute

Corporate Accountability International


Crossroads Resource Center

Earth Policy Institute

EcoAgriculture Partners

The Ecological Farming Association

Edible Communities

The Edible Schoolyard Project

Environmental Working Group

Fair Food Network

Fair Trade Campaigns

Fair Trade USA

Family Farm Defenders

Farm Aid

Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO

The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund

The Farmer Veteran Coalition

Farmworker Justice

Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund

Feeding America

First Peoples Worldwide

Food + Tech Connect

Food & Environment Reporting Network

Food & Water Watch

Food Chain Workers Alliance


Food Day

Food Democracy Now!

Food Ethics Council

Food First

The Food Lab

Food Policy Action

Food Recovery Network

Food Safety News

The Franciscan Action Network

George Washington University’s Office of Sustainability

Global Crop Diversity Trust

The Global FoodBanking Network

The Global Forum on Agricultural Research

GRACE Communications Foundation

Groundswell International

Grow Biointensive/Ecology Action

Growing Power

Health Care Without Harm

Healthy Child Healthy World

Healthy Food Action

Heifer International

Hip Hop Public Health

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements

The International Fund for Agricultural Development

The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation

Just Harvest USA

Just Label It

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture

La Via Campesina

The Land Institute

The Land Stewardship Project

Landesa Rural Development Institute

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Livestock Conservancy


Meatless Monday

Millennium Institute

Modern Farmer

National Black Farmers Association

National Cooperative Grocers Association

National Farmers Union

National Family Farm Coalition

The National Farm to School Network

The National Organic Coalition

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

National Women in Agriculture

The National Young Farmers Coalition

Native Food Systems Resource Center

Native Seeds/SEARCH

Natural Resources Defense Council

The Nature Conservancy

The Non-GMO Project

The Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture


The Oakland Institute


ONE Campaign

The Organic Center

Organic Consumers Association

The Organic Trade Association

Oxfam America

The Partnership for a Healthier America

The Permaculture Research Institute

Pesticide Action Network North America

Pew Charitable Trust’s Food Safety Project


Postharvest Education Foundation

The Presbyterian Hunger Program

The Prevention Institute

Rachel’s Network

Rainforest Alliance

Real Food Challenge

Real Food Media Project

Recipe for Success

Restaurant Opportunities Center United

Revolution Foods

The Rodale Institute

Rural Advancement Foundation International - USA

The Rural Coalition

Save Our Soils

The Savory Institute

Seafood Watch

Seed Savers Exchange

Share Our Strength

Slow Food International

Slow Food USA

Slow Money

The Small Planet Institute

Spoons Across America

Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

Sustainable America

Sustainable Food Center

The Sustainable Food Lab

Sustainable Food Trust

Sweet Water Foundation

Tasting Cultures Foundation


Think Food Group

The Union of Concerned Scientists

United Farm Workers

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization

U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance

Western Organization of Resource Councils

Wholesome Wave


Winrock International

Women Food and Ag Network

The Women’s Earth Alliance

World Farmers’ Organization

World Food Program USA

World Resources Institute

The World Rural Forum

The World Wildlife Fund

Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity

Young Professionals for Agricultural Development

Zero Hunger Challenge



Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network

The Bay Area Food Bank

E.A.T. South

Magic City Harvest

The REV Birmingham Urban Food Project



The Alaska Food Coalition

The Alaska Food Policy Council

The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

Kids’ Kitchen, Inc.

Sitka Local Foods Network



The Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture

The Arizona Nutrition Network

Baja Arizona

Cosechando Bienestar

Saint Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

Waste Not



The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance

The Arkansas Local Food Network

The Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Feed Fayetteville

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group



Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project

Alemany Farm

California Climate and Agriculture Network

California Women for Agriculture

Californians for Pesticide Reform

Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

The Center for Land-Based Learning

City Slicker Farms

Community Alliance with Family Farmers

The Cooking Project

The Ecology Center

Los Angeles Food Policy Council

People’s Grocery

Roots of Change



The Colorado Field Institute

Food Rescue Alliance

Foraged Feast

The GrowHaus

The Growing Project

Grow Local Colorado

Hunger Free Colorado

MM Local



Billings Forge Community Works

Connecticut FarmLink

The Connecticut Food Bank

End Hunger Connecticut!


New Haven Farms



The Delaware Center for Horticulture

Delaware Future Farmers of America Association

The Delaware Urban Food and Farm Coalition

The Food Bank of Delaware

The Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association of Delaware



The Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Florida Impact

Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth

Florida Organic Growers

The Florida Research Center for Agricultural Sustainability, Inc

The Harry Chapin Food Bank



The Atlanta Community Food Bank

Georgia Coalition for Physical Activity and Nutrition

The Georgia Food Oasis

Georgia Organics

The Georgia Sustainable Agriculture Consortium

The Georgia Young Farmers Association

The Savannah Food Co-Op

Truly Living Well

Well FED Savannah



Aloha Harvest

Hawaii Organic Farming Association

The Hawaii Public Seed Initiative

Kokua Hawaii Foundation

Malama Kauai



Feed the Gap

The Idaho Foodbank

Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force

Rural Roots

Six Rivers Market



The Food Circle

I Grow Chicago

Illinois Food Scrap Coalition

Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Purple Asparagus



Feeding Indiana’s Hungry

Food Coalition of Central Indiana

The Local Growers Guild

Second Helpings

The Townsend Food Project



Eat Greater Des Moines

Food Bank of Iowa

The Iowa Food Hub

The Iowa Food Systems Council

Table to Table



Grains for Hope

Kansas Association of Community Action Programs

The Kansas Food Bank

Kansas Rural Center



Community Farm Alliance


The Food Literacy Project

Kentucky Women in Agriculture

Organic Association of Kentucky



The Central Louisiana Local Foods Initiative

Community Kitchen Collective

John Besh Foundation

The Renaissance Project

Second Harvest Food Bank



Cultivating Community

Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools

Food and Medicine

Food for Maine’s Future

Good Shepherd Food Bank

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative

The Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center

The Maine Grain Alliance

The Maine Lobstermen’s Association

Washington County Food and Fuel Alliance



Baltimore Free Farm

Eco City Farms

Food Link, Inc.

Maryland Organic Food & Farming Association

Real Food Farm



Food for Free

The Food Project

Gaining Ground

New England Small Farm Institute

Youth Growing Organics in Worcester



Cherry Capital Foods

Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

Detroit Food Justice Task Force

The Greening of Detroit

Keep Growing Detroit

Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance

Michigan Urban Farming Initiative

Michigan Voices for Good Food Policy



Gardening Matters

Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council

Midwest Food Connection

Minnesota Food Association

Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota

Urban Oasis



Extra Table

Farm Families of Mississippi

Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of Mississippi

Good Food for Oxford Schools

Jackson Inner-City Gardeners

Mississippi Association of Cooperatives

Mississippi Food Network

Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity

Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network



After the Harvest

The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture

Cultivate Kansas City


The Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition

Harvesters: the Community Food Network

Healthy Living Alliance

Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security

The Missouri Organic Association

Urban Harvest STL



Grow Montana

Helena Community Gardens

Montana Farm to Restaurant Connection

Montana Food Bank Network

Montana Sustainable Growers Union



Big Muddy Urban Farm

City Sprouts

Community Crops

Food 4 Thought

Nebraska Farmers Union

Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society



Buy Nevada

Great Basin Community Food Co-op

Nevada Food for Thought


Southern Nevada Food Council

Vegas Roots Community Garden

Western Sustainable Agriculture Working Group



Food Solutions New England

Keep Growing

New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom

New Hampshire Farmer’s Market Association

New Hampshire Farms Network

Stonewall Farm



Foodshed Alliance

Garden State Urban Farms


New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition

New Jersey Farmers’ Market Council of Farmer’s and Communities

Table to Table

The Youth Farmstand Program



Cooking with Kids

Erda Gardens and Learning Center

Farm to Table

La Semilla Food Center

Project Feed the Hood

Veteran Farmer Project



The Brooklyn Food Coalition


City Harvest

Food Bank for New York City

Food Systems Network New York City


Just Food

Sustainable Restaurant Corps




Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association

Eastern Carolina Organics

Feast Down East

North Carolina Farm Fresh

Organic Growers School

We Are All Farmers



Bisman Community Food Co-Op

Dakota Resource Council

Foundation for Agriculture and Rural Resources Management

Hunger Free ND Garden Project

The Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers Association

The North Dakota Farmers Market and Growers Association

Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society



Central Ohio Local Food

Innovative Farmers of Ohio

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

Rural Action




CommonWealth Urban Farms

Oklahoma Farm and Food Alliance

Oklahoma Farm to School

Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Association

The Oklahoma Food Co-op



The City of Portland’s Sustainable Food Program

The High Desert Food & Farm Alliance

Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Rural Action

Oregon Sustainable Agriculture Land Trust

Rogue Valley Farm to School

Urban Gleaners



The Food Trust

Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger

Greensgrow Farms

Grow Pittsburgh

Hunger-Free Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture

Springboard Kitchens




El Departamento de la Comida

Govardhan Gardens



Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Northeast Organic Farming Association

The Rhode Island Food Policy Council

The Rhode Island Land Trust Council

The Southside Community Land Trust



City Roots

The Generous Garden Project

GrowFood Carolina

Lowcountry Local First

The South Carolina New and Beginning Farmer Program

The South Carolina Organization for Organic Living



Dakota Rural Action

Feeding South Dakota

Glacial Lakes Permaculture

Hills Horizon


Sustainable Harvest Alliance



Community Food Advocates


Hands On Nashville’s Urban Agriculture Program

Nashville Grown

Tennessee Organic Growers Association



Bake, Broil & Brew

East Side Compost Pedallers

East Texas Food Coalition

Foodways Texas

Texas Young Farmers

The Philosophy of Food Project

Urban Acres

Urban Roots



Backyard Urban Garden Farms

Utah Farmers Union

Utahns Against Hunger

Wasatch Community Gardens

Youth Garden Project



The Center for an Agricultural Economy

Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Intervale Center

Local Agricultural Community Exchange

Shelburne Farms

Vermont Farm to Plate Network

Women’s Agricultural Network



Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture


Local Food Hub

Real Food for Kids

Tricycle Gardens

Young Farmers of Virginia



Beacon Food Forest

Cascade Harvest Coalition

City Fruit

Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team

Garden-Raised Bounty

The Non-GMO Project

Puget Sound Sage

Seattle Tilth

Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network



The Collaborative for the 21st Century Appalachia

Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

West Virginia Food and Farm Coalition

West Virginia University Small Farm Center

The Wild Ramp



Madison Waste Watchers

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service

Milwaukee Urban Gardens

REAP Food Group



Eat Wyoming

Hole Food Rescue

Pushroot Community Garden

Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association

Wyoming Food for Thought Project

Wyoming Women in Ag



City Blossoms

D.C. Greens