Launched by Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation, the first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than five hundred United States-based groups who are cultivating a better food system, including these five from Maryland.
Baltimore Free Farm is an urban agriculture project that works with nature rather than against it, presenting an alternative to the conventional commercial food system. Their garden spaces offer plots to anyone in the community. Every Wednesday, they organize a food rescue mission that saves 300 to 500 pounds of food that would otherwise be thrown out by distributors, and redistributes it to communities in need.
Eco City Farms (ECO) is an educational nonprofit designed to serve as a prototype for urban farming. Through a summer youth program, urban agriculture training classes, and a farm-to-school program, ECO promotes and advocates for nutrition and increased food security.
Food Link, Inc. of Annapolis, MD is an emergency hunger relief organization established in 1991. The group supports individuals without access to food by delivering over two million pounds of food each year to anti-hunger agencies or directly to patrons.
Maryland Organic Food & Farming Association connects growers, retailers, and consumers behind an educational mission to promote organic and sustainable farming and food. They advise growers on organic certification and benefits, and help build regional farming policy.
Real Food Farm, located on six acres in northeast Baltimore, MD is helping to develop a just and sustainable food system by improving food access and teaching youth about food production. They offer field trips and hands-on farm experiences to youth and make local food economically viable.