Chesapeake Eaters for Change

In the phenomenal closing session of the 2018 NESAWG “It Takes a Region” Conference, an annual gathering of people working to repair, reset and transform the food system in the Northeastern U.S., NESAWG board member Rev. Heber Brown led a deep discussion with Brandy Brooks, Ingabire Adam, and Neftali Duran that challenged us to convert the education, emotion, and energy from the conference into action. The work of dismantling systemic oppression and creating equity and justice at every level of the food system is hard, uncomfortable, and necessary.

As an author, in my book, The Chesapeake Table: Your Guide to Eating Local, my goal is to spur eaters not only to eat local for their own enjoyment, but to support those working to transform our local food system so we can all eat better, live better and leave a better environment for our kids. So my outcome from the conference is to launch a year-end campaign, Chesapeake Eaters for Change, to show how we can make a difference by contributing financially to the nonprofit organizations working on various food system issues.

The list of organizations below is curated from my own knowledge and from organizations that have told their stories and shared their expertise at farming and food systems conferences over the past couple of years. Contributions from individuals help connect the work of these groups to their communities and helps lessen their reliance on grant funding, creating a broader funding base that builds resilience.

We are on the threshhold of November, when both election season and holiday season are opportunities to think about something larger than ourselves, to do something that will benefit others as well as ourselves. This year more than ever, we really need to put our money where our values are.

I’ve only included nonprofits that offer a way for you to donate online, so it couldn’t be easier. I also focused on DC, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, and it is not by any means comprehensive, but it’s a good representative start. Choose one or more groups whose work you already know and have always meant to support, or check out some groups you’ve never heard of and see if you can support the work they are doing in your community. You can also take a look at this list of Chesapeake-region food policy councils, some of which are nonprofits and could also be candidates for your financial support.

If you can, post to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #eatersforchange if you make a donation based on this campaign! It would be great to see what kind of impact Chesapeake eaters can make!

Organization Region State
Accokeek Foundation Maryland
Arcadia Center for Food and Agriculture Metro DC
Black Church Food Security Network Mid-Atlantic
Black Yield Institute Maryland
CATA, The Farmworkers’ Support Committee Mid-Atlantic
Chesapeake Bay Foundation Chesapeake
Community Foodworks Mid-Atlantic
Crossroads Community Food Network Maryland
DC Central Kitchen DC
DC Greens DC
Dreaming Out Loud DC
ECO City Farms Maryland
Fair Farms Maryland Maryland
Farm Alliance of Baltimore Maryland
FRESHFARM Markets Chesapeake
Future Harvest CASA Chesapeake
Health Care Without Harm – Healthy Food in Health Care Mid-Atlantic
Local Food Hub Virginia
Maryland Farmers Market Association Maryland
Maryland Organic Food & Farming Association Maryland
Maryland Pesticide Network Maryland
Massachusetts Avenue Project Pennsylvania
Mill Creek Urban Farm Pennsylvania
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG) Northeast
No Boundaries Coalition Maryland
One Art Community Center Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance Pennsylvania
Real Food Farm Maryland
Red Wiggler Community Farm Maryland
Soil Generation Pennsylvania
The Common Market Mid-Atlantic
The Food Trust Pennsylvania
The LEAF Project Pennsylvania
The Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden Pennsylvania
Urban Tree Connection Pennsylvania
VietLead South Jersey Pennsylvania
Virginia Association for Biological Farming Chesapeake Virginia
Virginia Farmers Market Association Virginia
Waterkeepers Chesapeake Chesapeake