Launched by Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation, the first annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates more than five hundred U.S.-based groups including six from Connecticut who are cultivating a better food system.
Billings Forge Community Works promotes access to healthy food and the development of economically sustainable social enterprises that will help combat homelessness and hunger within communities in Connecticut. The kitchen at BFCW sources their produce and herbs from local farmers and offers catering services, cooking classes, and culinary training.
Connecticut FarmLink is a program devoted to keeping family farmland in production between generations. By connecting people who have land they can no longer farm with people who want to farm but don’t have land, FarmLink enables a new generation of young farmers to pursue and stewardship.
The Connecticut Food Bank, headquartered in East Haven, CT and founded in 1982, partners with the community, the private sector, and individuals to save food from waste and distribute it to over 600 hunger relief organizations. It is the largest concentration of food aid in Connecticut.
End Hunger Connecticut! concentrates on advocacy, outreach, and other educational and research efforts to establish a dynamic database of antihunger resources for the public and policymakers. EHC!’s work supports the implementation of federal food assistance programs and the development of policies that will enable families statewide to move toward food security and self-sufficiency by highlighting the importance of food security and nutrition issues.
MetroCrops, based at the University of Connecticut, researches and develops innovations in the urban intensive indoor farming of salad greens. Using hydroponic and LED technology, MetroCrops plans to make use of excess urban building space to provide the northeast with fresh local produce year round.
New Haven Farms is a nonprofit organization that hosts on-farm wellness programs combining agricultural, nutritional, and cooking education to combat the intersecting crises of diabetes, obesity, environmental degradation, and poverty. Consisting of eight farms, the organization grows organic fruits and vegetables and distributes them to families that are affected by poverty or individuals who are at-risk for chronic diseases.