The organizations below are all doing important work to improve the food system.
Ag Innovations Network aims to build a better future for farmers, consumers, and communities. AIG works across California and the United States to bring together unusual partners to support change in the food system.
American Farmland Trust is the only national conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.
Chef’s Collaborative brings chefs together from across the nation to provide educational resources and professional food services to support the culinary community.
Domestic Fair Trade Association supports family-scale farming and farmer-led initiatives, and aims to bring farmers together with mission-based traders, retailers, and concerned consumers to build the movement for sustainable agriculture in North America.
Edible Schoolyard Project established in 1996 by nationally-acclaimed chef Alice Waters—supports educational programs that empower youth and promote locally-grown, fair, and sustainable food.
FamilyFarmed.org is committed to expanding the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic, and environmental health of communities.
Farm Commons is a nonprofit organization providing farmers the proactive legal counsel they need to become the resilient base of a healthy food system.
Farmers Market Coalition seeks to strengthen farmers markets’ capacity to serve farmers, consumers, and communities by providing the rapidly growing movement with information, tools and representation at state and federal levels. FMC includes newsletters, resource libraries, tips, and videos.
FarmsReach works to help family farms succeed: helping farmers access inputs & services, increase sales and profit through market-based programs, and connect with each other for support and camaraderie.
Finance for Food develops written materials, workshops, conference tracks, and other educational opportunities to help food system entrepreneurs identify and secure values-aligned financing.
Food Tank is a food think tank focused on the global food system. The founders hope to bridge the domestic and global food issues by highlighting how hunger, obesity, climate change, unemployment, and other problems can be solved by more research and investment in sustainable agriculture.
Good Eggs serves as a guide to eating well as well as an online database in which individuals may locate local farmers and vendors.
La Cocina is a group that aims to aid low-income food entrepreneurs as they formalize and grow their businesses by providing affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market and capital opportunities.
Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a non-profit farm and education center in Pocantico Hills, New Yorkthat holds children’s education programs.
Sustainable Food Trust This United Kingdon-based organization does research, advocacy and leadership building in and effort to impact the global food system.
Good Food Jobs connects individuals to current job opportunities and resources in the sustainable development arena.
Sustainable Eating & Living
American Community Gardening Association is a non-profit organization of professionals and volunteers that supports community greening in urban and rural communities.
Eat Well Guide is an aggregation of 25,000+ handpicked, locally grown listings ranging from bed and breakfasts, bakers, butchers, caterers, educational centers, markets, and coffee shops.
Fertile Ground is a blog on food policy, alternative crops, the growth industry, and food security.
Food Alliance is an organization that aims to promote sustainability in agriculture and the food industry and ensure safe and fair working conditions, humane treatment of animals, and careful stewardship of ecosystems.
Food Justice Certified is a food label developed by the Agricultural Justice Project based on social justice standards for farms, processors, and retailers.
Growing Power facilitates the development of Community Food Systems by providing educational and technical assistance to youth groups, farmers, and sustainable advocates.
Just Food is a non-profit organization that aims to unite communities and local farms to make fresh, locally grown food accessible to all New Yorkers.
Local Harvest is a website that enables individuals to locate farmers markets, family farms, and other resources of sustainably grown food around the nation.
Native Seeds is working to strengthen food security in the Greater Southwest by conserving that region’s unique crop diversity and teaching others to do the same.
Oakland Food Connection promotes nutritional awareness, access to healthy foods, and connections between people and our planet.
People’s Grocery is a health organization dedicated to improving the economy and wellness of West Oakland through the development of local, sustainable food systems.
Planting Justice combines ecological training and urban food production with a grassroots door-to-door organizing model to promote food justice, economic justice, and sustainable local food systems.
Roots of Change works to develop and support networks of leaders and institutions in California who have an interest in created a sustainable food system.
Slow Food USA the second largest slow food association in existence—is an organization committed to establishing a global, local and sustainable food system.
Soil Association founded in 1946 by a group of farmers, scientists and nutritionists is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane, and sustainable food.
Wasted Food is a blog that sheds light on the problem of wasted food, as Americans waste more than 40 percent of the food that they produce for consumption.
Politics, Policy, & Governance
The Center for Food Safety is a public interest organization that challenges harmful food production technologies through litigation and legal petitions.
Center for Rural Affairs is a national, rural organization dedicated to the protection and rebuilding of rural America.
Community Alliance with Family Farmers advocates for family farmers and sustainable agriculture.
Consumers Union is a nonprofit information organization that promotes consumer protection.
Environmental Working Group is an organization that aims to spread information to the public in order to protect community health and the environment.
Farm Aid is an organization dedicated to protecting family farmers.
Farm Policy News is a daily news source that analyzes farm policy.
Food Bank for New York City is an organization that tackles hunger on three fronts: food distribution, income support and nutritional education. FB also sponsors government-funded nutritional education programs and income support services.
Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy aims to eliminate the injustices that cause hunger, poverty, and environmental degradation through research, advocacy, and education.
Food & Water Watch is a group dedicated to ensuring the safety and sustainability of the food, water, and fish that consumers eat.
Green for All is a national organization working to create and implement programs that increase quality jobs and opportunities in the green industry.
Institute for Responsible Nutrition is an organization that aims to shape the way food is produced, marketed and distributed so Americans can end food-related illness and promote good health.
Marler Blog provides commentary on food poisoning outbreaks and litigation.
National Family Farm Coalition is an organization that works on family farm issues. NFFC represents 24 grassroots organizations in 32 states.
National Young Farmers’ Coalition is an organization that represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success.
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.
Organic Consumers Association is an organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability.
Pesticide Action Network works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives.
Union for Concerned Scientists — founded by students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — is a science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world.
Animal Protection & Welfare
Animal Welfare Approved audits and certifies family farms that utilize high-welfare methods of farming, on pasture or range.
American Grassfed Association is a national multi-species organization dedicated to protecting and promoting grassfed producers and grassfed products.
Eat Wild is a compilation of news, research, and listings on grass-fed (i.e.- beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork, dairy) foods and facts and other wild edibles.
The Humane Society of the United States — the nation’s largest animal protection organization– helps animals by advocating for better laws, and conducting campaigns to reform industries.
Seafood Watch is the Monterey Bay Aquarium seafood watch program that helps consumers and businesses make appropriate choices.
Beginning Farmers is a comprehensive compilation of information resources on farm financing, business planning, agricultural production, and marketing.
Chews Wise an organic and sustainable food blog.
Cooking Up a Story is an online television show and blog about food and sustainable living, showing unique documentary stories about farmers and ranchers, food artisans, and others whose lives center around sustainable agriculture.
Daily Yonder is a daily, multi-media source of news, commentary, research, and features relating to rural America.
Ecocentric is a blog that catalogues the relationship between food, water, energy, and environmental issues.
Edible Communities is the nation’s largest publishing company dedicated to the local foods movement.
Fair Food Project promotes a socially just food system through sharing the stories and voices of farm workers, growers, and fair food advocates.
Farm Policy is a political blog about topics ranging from agricultural economy to farming legislation.
FERN’s Ag Insider by Chuck Abbott is a daily newsletter featuring important food and farm news.
Food & Environment Reporting Network is the first and only independent, non-profit news organization that produces investigative journalism in the critically underreported areas of food, agriculture, and environmental health.
Food Politics is nationally acclaimed writer/educator Marion Nestle’s blog about nutrition and food policy.
Food Sleuth Radio is a community radio that covers topics ranging from science to politics, and to health.
Free from Harm is a blog that aims to empower the conscious, vegetarian, and vegan community.
Greenhorns is a grassroots organization whose mission is to support young farmers.
Grist is a news source on climate, energy, food, living, and technology.
Humaneitarian is a blog about humane meat eating.
Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues interprets rural issues for metro news media, conducts seminars, and publishes research concerning rural journalism.
Lettuce Eat Kale is a blog on food, family, and agriculture.
MichaelPollan.com is the Web site of author Michael Pollan, a hub for resources.
Obama Foodorama is a blog dedicated to uncovering the food and nutrition initiatives of the Obama Administration.
On Food is journalist Mark Bittman’s New York Times opinion column on food.
Mother Jones is where you can find food politics reporting by Tom Philpott.
Politics of the Plate is a blog about the intersections between governance and policy and food and agriculture.
SuperBug is a science blog at WIRED penned by Maryn McKenna that looks at food safety and antibiotic resistance.
Students and Schools Taking Action
Cofed is an organization that aims to inspire individuals to create more sustainable food systems.
The Edible Schoolyard Project is a network of educators, students, and chefs that enable individuals to share their stories and take action concerning the Farm-to-School movement.
Food Business School enables and empowers entrepreneurial leaders to design, deliver, and lead transformative innovations that address the world’s most pressing food challenges—and its greatest business opportunities.
Real Food Challenge is an organization that leverages the power of youth and universities to create a healthier, fairer, and greener food system.
UC’s Global Food Initiative addresses one of the critical issues of our time: how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025.
Yale Sustainable Food Project is a Farm-to School initiative involving students, faculty members, and community interests groups at Yale University.
Events and Conferences
Chef’s Collaborative Summit is an annual gathering of chefs and food professionals.
EcoFarm is a California-based conference for farmers and food advocates hosted by the Ecological Farming Association.
MOSES Organic Farming Conference is hosted by The Winsconsin-based Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES).
Organicology is a Portland-based gathering hosted four organic trade organizations.