SEMAP is dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food and sustainable farming in southeastern Massachusetts through research and education.
SEMAP believes that local agriculture is essential to the health and vitality of our community and our economy. Sustaining farmers and farm businesses, and expanding access to local food are at the core of our mission. We provide technical assistance to farmers, educate the community on the importance of local agriculture, work to increase the functionality of our region’s food system, and connect all people to local food.
StaffJason Wentworth - Executive Director
The BoardDerek Christianson - Co-chair,
played a significant role with community garden development in the city. She is currently spearheading the revitalization of the New Bedford Farmers Market by centralizing management of the market and increasing outreach and education efforts. Under her leadership, the market will also now allow farmers to accept SNAP benefits as well as credit cards, which will increase access to fresh and local fruits and vegetables, particularly among low-income, high disparity populations.As a Registered Dietitian, Kim is an appointed member of the Massachusetts State Nutrition Board, where she helps advise the state on sound nutrition policy.
Jon Jaffe, Farm Credit East
John Bullard, NOAA
Craig Dutra, The Community Foundation of Southeastern MA
Massachusetts’ “Buy Local” Organizations:
Buy Fresh Buy Local Cape Cod
Island Grown Initiative
Citizens Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)
2015 Agriculture & Food Conference of Southeastern MA Sponsors:
The 11th Hour Fund