East End Food Institute

We support, promote, and advocate for local food and local producers.

Southampton, NY   |  www.eastendfood.org

Mission

East End Food Institute's mission is to support, promote, and advocate for local food and local producers on the East End of Long Island.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Kate Fullam

Main address

PO Box 356

Southampton, NY 11969 USA

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EIN

27-1962169

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Farmers on the East End of Long Island have the capacity to leverage rich agricultural soils to produce significant quantities of produce for a sustainable and equitable food system. However, land and labor costs are high, and related distribution systems are not fully in place to support such a vibrant food economy. East End Food Institute works with growers, food producers, and other partners to identify and tackle some of the key issues within our local food system.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training

The East End Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) is a cooperative effort of local farms organized to enhance educational opportunities for farm apprentices. Apprentices on farms that participate in the CRAFT program experience a diversity of successful farm models and join a community of fellow apprentices and farmers.

Our goal for East End CRAFT is to enrich and support education and community building through farm tours, workshops, and social events. Every season, people of all ages and backgrounds come to the East End to gain farming skills by apprenticing on local farms. East End Food Institute collaborates with farm members to organize a series of bi-weekly tours and workshops for these apprentices that runs from April through October. The tours and workshops give them a chance to broaden their knowledge by exploring other farming models than the ones they're associated with. They also get to see a diversity of food producing ventures unique to the East End, such as vineyards, orchards, fish and shellfish hatcheries, and more. Local experts add to the experience through lectures and demonstrations. The CRAFT program also gives apprentices a chance to network and socialize with members of the farming community and people of similar interests.

Population(s) Served
Farmers

East End Food Institute's Farm to Community program, in partnership with Long Island Cares, gives farmers an outlet for their surplus produce and pays them for it while at the same time providing hungry Long Islanders with fresh, healthy produce. In 2018, the organization began freezing and vacuum sealing fresh produce during the height of the growing season to distribute to food pantry partners in the wintertime. This ensures that food pantry patrons can access locally-grown produce year-round, and it also supports the farms.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

East End Food Institute helps connect people interested in working as an apprentice on an East End farm with farmers willing to share their expertise. We work with a wide range of farms, each with different business models and apprenticeship programs. Most farms provide housing, fresh produce, a modest stipend, and hands-on training in exchange for the work apprentices contribute. Through our CRAFT program we offer apprentices additional educational opportunities that not only deepen their learning experience but also give them the chance to network and socialize with others in the farming community.

Population(s) Served
Farmers

East End Food Institute advocates for sustainable food policy at the national, regional, and local levels. We work hard to keep up-to-date and inform our members about relevant farm and food policy that affects East End farms and food businesses. We often team up with other organizations with complementary missions, such as the National Young Farmer's Coalition and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

Population(s) Served
Farmers
Unemployed people

East End Food Institute operates a shared community kitchen to help small scale food entrepreneurs get started. The kitchen is located on the Southampton Campus of Stony Brook University.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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East End Food Institute believes that the work of providing food to the community should be valued, and that this should be reflected in fair prices. Through education, collaboration, and promotion we hope to create an understanding between producers and consumers that upholds our vision. We strive to ensure that consumers enjoy healthy, local food, and that local producers are supported in a thriving regional food system.

Our programs support the sustainability of local farm and food businesses, including:
- Farm and food business apprentice matching and education
- Fully licensed commercial kitchen and food business incubator
- Food policy and advocacy engagement with other local partners
- Development of new markets for local food products

The organization employs a full time Executive Director, Food Production Specialist, Operations Manager, and Program Coordinator to organize and sustain its operations and programming. Our fully licensed commercial kitchen aggregates and processes surplus farm produce for redistribution to local markets, institutions, and community organizations that help community members in need. Local food entrepreneurs can use the shared commercial kitchen to launch new products that further support the local food economy. A partnership with The Food Lab at Stony Brook University in Southampton engages members of the public in classes, workshops, and an annual conference.

East End Food Institute has earned respect in the food community related to its longstanding farmer apprentice matching and training programs. This enables the organization to stay connected and hear the concerns of those at the beginning of the food system. The Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) program has been particularly successful, with participation increasing significantly in the past year. At the commercial kitchen in Southampton, the organization has seen increased revenues associated with food production contracts with local farms and food businesses that re-sell products made from local farm produce. Additionally, there has been an increase in rentals of shared kitchen space by local food entrepreneurs launching their businesses on the East End of Long Island. The next step is to expand our capacity to serve more farms and food businesses through expanded on-site storage for aggregation and distribution.

Financials

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East End Food Institute

Board of directors
as of 10/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Braverman

Debra Halpert

Evan Harrel

Brian Halweil

Vincent McGee

Sheri Sandler

Mark Smith

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/06/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.