Most of us have become aware over the past few years that the food we eat has a “carbon footprint” that includes the pesticides and fertilizers (often petroleum-based) used to grow it and the energy used to process and transport it (often from places very distant from our own tables). As in many places, farmers and consumers in the North Quabbin area have been working to reinvigorate the local and regional “foodsheds” that were dismantled with the age of long-distance trucking and large-scale agribusiness.
Some North Quabbin Resources related to local food and farming include:
- Greater Quabbin Food Alliance — A group of farmers, community organizations, land trusts, and planners working together to address the food system challenges in our communities, including the agricultural economy, food access and local food procurement, health, farmland conservation, and education.
- Quabbin Harvest — A community coop market working to provide healthy food at an affordable price while building community, supporting local agriculture and respecting the natural environment
- Seeds of Solidarity — a local organic farm and education center, co-sponsors of the annual North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival
There are many more inside our annual North Quabbin local food brochure, updated periodically! Click below for a PDF of the brochure, or look for the current version in local stores and libraries.