We deeply appreciate all of the Sponsors who have prioritized underwriting support to make the 6th Farm Based Education National Gathering accessible and affordable.

Lead Partner Sponsors

The Trustees preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. Together with their neighbors, they protect the distinct character of our communities and inspire a commitment to special places, many of which are farms. 

Green Mountain Creamery is committed to locally made and locally affordable. They've prioritized funding support for the Gathering because they believe in the importance of connecting people to delicious, healthy food. Their delicious Greek Yogurts can be found in markets all over the country and was selected by the USDA as a protein source in the Federal school lunch program.


Emerson Hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 people in 25 towns. They are as committed to the high-quality health care they provide as they are to connecting their doctors, nurses and clinicians and the community to impactful resources and information. Look for the Farm Based Health and Wellness series at the Emerson Wellness Center for Mind and Body.

Colonial Inn. This 18th c. Historic Inn in the center of Concord, MA was once a storehouse for arms and provisions during the Revolutionary War and a welcoming place for Henry David Thoreau to reside when he was a student at Harvard University.

In addition to offering a block of rooms at a discounted price to Gathering attendees (book now!), Concord's Colonial Inn has generously offered the entire Inn to the Gathering for the Taste of the Commonwealth Celebration on the evening of Saturday, November 5th.


Woods Hill Table Restaurant, the Farm at Woods Hill and the film Farmagaddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms are the culmination of filmmaker and speaker Kristin Canty's passions for food, family farms, and sustainable sourcing.

Woods Hill Table Restaurant, the Farm at Woods Hill and the film Farmagaddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms are the culmination of filmmaker and speaker Kristin Canty's passions for food, family farms, and sustainable sourcing.

Kristin's enterprises have provided underwriting support for the Gathering to ensure people of all ages have access to the information they need to make healthy food choices and to support the farmers nationwide doing this important work.


In-kind Donations

We are thrilled to serve several items from great businesses and organizations throughout the event.  On Friday, enjoy energy bars from Raw Revolution and Health Warrior.  On Saturday, look out for cheese from Shelburne Farms and Appleton Farms, meat sticks from Vermont Smoke and Cure, and chocolate from Lake Champlain Chocolates. Beverages are provided by Spindrift and Purity Organic.  Equal Exchange is supporting the Gathering with coffee, tea, chocolate, nuts and raisins - thank you Equal Exchange!  On Sunday morning, enjoy the best granola on the planet on behalf of Stark Sister's Granola, paired with Green Mountain Creamery greek yogurt from Vermont milk. 


Whole Foods Market is a unique company. Each of their stores has a lot of latitude in deciding the best way to operate that individual store to meet the needs of the local community. That makes community giving really special and fun. Several times a year, their stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. In May,  the Farm-Based Education Network was the recipient of a Whole Foods Community Giving Day. Thank you to everyone who came to sample products and shop at the store with us that day! 
Clover Food Lab writes, "We're here to make food you love, the kind you talk about and look forward to eating." They serve up a new type of fast food at locations around Boston. This food is local, it’s just-cut, when they can, it is organic.  Their food philosophy is driven by simplicity.  We can't wait to serve their meals during conference lunches on Friday and Saturday.
Debra's Natural Gourmet will be cooking for conference attendees on Saturday Evening at the Taste of the Commonwealth event at Concord's Colonial Inn. Happiest to be socializing around food, Debra Stark … the “Debra” in the Debra’s Natural Gourmet, mixes business with pleasure and has taught her staff and customers to enjoy the same. Putting heart and soul into a business that represents a way of life, Debra opened Debra’s Natural Gourmet in October 1989 and instantly began fostering the sense of shared passion and community that is her dream. 
Verrill Farm operates on 200 acres in Concord and Sudbury. One hundred acres are prime farmland and 100 acres are wildlife habitats, woodlands, and wetlands. Steve Verrill’s father and mother moved to Concord in 1918 and started a successful dairy business. In 1957, upon graduation from Cornell University, Steve assumed operation of the farm. In 1982, after years of planning and negotiations, about 200 acres were placed under an Agricultural Preservation Restriction, thus preventing development of this land. In 1990, the dairy herd was sold and plans began to replace the existing tent retail space with our first farm stand, which was built in 1995 at 11 Wheeler Rd. in Concord. In September of 2009, they opened a new stand in the same location which includes additional retail space and greater convenience for our customers. The stand features their own produce, specialty foods, gifts and flowers. The expanded kitchen/bakery provides high quality baked goods, prepared entrées, homemade soups, and salads. 
Flatbread Company has been introducing people to the magic of earth and fire, and how that combinatin can produce incredible tasting pizza since 1998.  Beginning in Amesbury, MA, their mission of providing both guests and employees a place to ‘renew their spirit’, has never wavered. Flatbread Company will be providing pizza for Friday evening event at Verrill Farm on November 4th. 
On the Mat Yoga has welcomed and taught students of all levels and abilities, from brand new yogis to veteran teachers since 2002.  At On the Mat, they appreciate that every day is different and that every body is different. Although yoga certainly can be physically challenging, the more important challenge comes in your ability to quiet your mind.  On the Mat will generously provide a midday yoga class to conference attendees on November 5. 
Drumlin Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary 
At Drumlin Farm, you can experience life on a working farm and explore a wildlife sanctuary at the same time. Drumlin is presenting at Short Course on welcoming people of all abilities to the farm, a workshop on communicating about climate change, and complimentary admission to all conference attendees on Sunday afternoon until 4 pm when they close. Thank you for your support - Drumlin Farm! 

Sponsorship Contacts

Brooke Redmond   
t: 617-306-0090                                                                        

Meghan Connolly

t: 781-424-3273

Wayne Castonguay  
t: 978-360-2272

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