After an energized discussion of some of the unique organizations making a huge impact on Boston’s food system, Dan Peckham and Lauren Abda noted how difficult it was to pull the larger picture of the local food network together. Despite the amazing work of all of these companies and organizations, it’s not easy to get a sense of just how many players there are working on local/sustainable food in Boston, and more importantly, how they are all connected and working together.
A few months and many conversations with local food experts later, with a healthy dose of Google research added into the mix, the initial database of organizations in Boston’s food network is beginning to take shape. What you see here is the first experiment to take the information we've collected and organize and display it in a way that is useful for a range of different audiences. We hope you enjoy it, and we are very interested to hear both how this resource is helpful and how it can be improved – we look forward to your feedback!
Dan Peckham is an Environmental Analyst at the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), where he works with state environmental agencies in the Northeast on water pollution issues. On weekends, Dan stays involved with his other environmental interests as a member of the Net Impact Boston Chapter’s Leadership Team, as a volunteer with Cleantech Open Northeast, and by exploring Boston’s food system through efforts such as this.
Dan spends his free time on activities ranging from soccer and ultimate frisbee to salsa (both the dance and the food), and he dreams of taking yet another trip to South America sometime soon.
Lauren Abda is the founder of Branchfood, an organization that unites entrepreneurs in transforming the food system through innovation. Her work is focused on supporting food entrepreneurs and connecting them with key resources to grow their startups. She has both industry and academic experience in food and tech, with a long-term focus on uniting both sectors and using design and technology to improve our food system.
Lauren studied nutrition and food science at the University of Vermont, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree and attended Tufts University where she received her Master of Science degree in food policy and nutrition.