Boston Local Food is all about growing a sustainable local food system with a goal to provide healthy local food for all. We define local as starting where you are in metro Boston, stretching out through Massachusetts and within New England. We collaborate with local businesses, non-profits, government agencies and individuals to achieve our goals.
Through programs, events and educational outreach, Boston Local Food builds connections between eaters, local farms, fisheries, food producers, distributors, restaurants, retail food businesses, government agencies and non profit organizations – with a core interest in supporting locally owned independent food businesses. A program of Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN), we promote the values of local, green and fair in all of our efforts.
We believe every person, business, organization and community can be part of the solution by shifting 10% of the food we include in our mouths, menus and shelves to local food sources from non local sources. Currently less than 5% of the food eaten in Massachusetts is from local sources and we want to raise this through conscious choices.
In 2009, we identified Seven Initiatives as our priorities:
- Produce the premier Boston Local Food Festival
- Encourage local restaurants to include local food
- Support the growth and development of local food incubator kitchens
- Promote food production in urban areas
- Increase retail and distribution of local food
- Map the local food system
- Initiate the Eastern MASS Local Food Network
In 2010, with seed funding from Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, our events included:
- 5 ALLocal dinners in diverse restaurants throughout metro Boston communities
- Buy Local wholesale tradeshow in partnership with Seaport World Trade Center
- Local Option offered by 110 restaurants during Restaurant Week Boston in partnership with Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Boston Local Food Festival with over 100 vendors, 200 volunteers and 30,000 participants.
- We also were supportive of efforts with the local incubator kitchen, Crop Circle Kitchen and an urban agriculture pilot venture, City Growers of City Fresh Foods.
In 2012, our current events include additional ALLocal dinners and an expanded Third Annual Boston Local Food Festival on Saturday, October 7. This website and upcoming newsletters will serve as new resources promoting our events and other local food opportunities in the metro Boston area.
We welcome your ideas and enthusiasm. Contact us and we will connect as soon as possible.