The Concord Food Collaborative is a network and online resource facilitating information sharing and the building of local food connections in Concord, Massachusetts.
The mission of the Concord Food Collaborative is to celebrate and grow our vibrant, local food system.
The Concord Food Collaborative is open to all individuals, businesses, and organizations with an interest in the mission. The Collaborative is guided by a Steering Committee and Advisors responsible for overseeing and executing the activities of the Collaborative.
An Annual Meeting of the Concord Food Collaborative will bring together all members of the collaborative to network, celebrate the activities of the past year, review the agenda for the following year, and introduce new members to the Steering Committee.
The CFC will reevaluate the efficacy and rationale of its mission and vision annually. Members of the Collaborative should feel at liberty to propose amendments or recommendations to ensure smart evolution of practices and principles.
In November 2009 several local groups* hosted a screening of Food, Inc. and a speaker forum as part of their Life in the Balance public forum series.
From the discussion sessions at the speaker forum, committees were created to set agendas, action items and outreach strategies to improve school food, support the vibrant local agriculture and build community around the important issues of sustainability, wellness, and climate change.
This website was established soon after to build a community of information sharing and establish local food connections to strengthen a healthy, accessible, and sustainability local food system.
The Concord Food Collaborative grew out of the 2012 report on Concord’s food system, Building Local Food Connections: A Community Food Assessment, Concord, Massachusetts. The report documented Concord’s many food-related assets and identified key steps that Concord can take to build a vibrant, localized food system that promotes human, environmental, and economic health.
The Community Food System Assessment’s “Six Critical Recommendations for Concord’s Local Food System” :
1. Establish a local food council
2. Implementing farm-to-institution programs.
3. Promote a town-wide gardening movement.
4. Revitalize animal husbandry in Concord.
5. Match farmers and growers with suitable land in Concord.
6. Permanently protect farmland for agricultural use.
Sponsors of the report formed an Interim Concord Food Policy Council in 2013. In September 2014, the Concord Food Council (CFC) launched officially as an ad hoc, volunteer Council comprised of twelve members representing a wide range of stakeholders in the Concord and surrounding region’s food system. In 2016 Council members determined the community would be better served with a broader more collaborative structure. The Council was dissolved, members shifted into a Steering Committee, and the Concord Food Collaborative was launched in June 2016.
*The League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, ConcordCAN (Concord Climate Action Network), Carlisle Climate Action, and Concord-Carlisle Adult & Community Education
Please email if you are interested in learning more about getting involved with the Concord Food Collaborative. If you identify with the nature of this work we hope you will introduce yourself to existing members of the Collaborative's volunteers and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org.