Posts By: Gideon Burdick

Red Tomato receives grant from Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement program

Funding supports continued research on impacts of sustainable fruit production in the Northeast. We’re pleased to share that we’ve been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement program. These funds will support Red Tomato’s ongoing efforts to research the impacts of sustainable fruit production on 18 Northeast orchards. Challenges of Growing Produce… Read more »

EcoApple supports sustainable and locally grown fruit in the Northeast.

Northeast orchards set high bar for regional standards EcoApple® supports sustainable and locally grown fruit in the Northeast.   As apple-picking begins across the Northeast, some of the region’s leading fruit growers are working together to promote a high standard of growing practices especially developed for the unique growing conditions of the region. A network… Read more »

Michael Rozyne Keynote – What are We Collaborating For?

At the 2018 NGFN Food Hub Conference, a national gathering of organizations similar to Red Tomato, our founder Michael Rozyne presented the keynote, What are we Collaborating For? The hour-long address detailed the importance of an inclusive narrative, and not an organic OR conventional approach to agriculture. Grab the popcorn and settle in! Don’t have time… Read more »

IPM Explained

At the 2018 NGFN Food Hub Conference, a national gathering of organizations similar to Red Tomato, Michael Rozyne presented the keynote ‘What are we Collaborating For?’, which included 3 spoken word segments. An audience favorite was IPM Explained. Put simply? What is Integrated Pest Management?  

Angel Joins the Wallace Center Food Systems Leadership Network

We’re excited to share that our Director of Operations Angel joins the Wallace Center Food Systems Leadership Network as a mentor to help build capacity across the movement! 1.What is the Food Systems Leadership Network? The Food Systems Leadership Network is a national Community of Practice to support leaders and staff of community-based organizations working… Read more »

The Disappearing East Coast Apple

local apples on display

Walking through the produce section of a grocery store in the Northeast in the past month and you’re likely to have noticed something strange. Despite a good harvest and plenty of supply, Macoun, McIntosh, Empire, Gala, Pink Lady, and Evercrisp apples from the Northeast are difficult, if not impossible to find, having all but disappeared… Read more »

Red Tomato Celebrates 20 Years of Supporting Mid-Sized Farms in the Northeast

Over 100 farmers, scientists, funders, advisors and current and former staff and board gathered Saturday, November 4th at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation in Waltham, MA. The diverse crowd celebrated nonprofit Red Tomato’s 20 years of delivering local produce from mid-sized farms in the Northeast to our regions grocery stores and institutions…. Read more »

Why small, local, organic farms aren’t the key to fixing our food system

In general, the experts I talk to about this have a view of sustainability that encompasses all sizes and all crops, with local and organic playing an important, but necessarily small, role. Michael Rozyne plays that role. He’s the founder of Red Tomato, a Massachusetts food hub that connects midsize regional produce growers to supermarkets,… Read more »

Analysis shows Environmental Impact of EcoApple® Orchards

Elly Vaughan Phoenix Fruit Farm

Sixteen Northeast orchards representing 1439 acres of fruit are successfully certified Eco Apple® for 2017. Several of the orchards have now been certified Eco for ten years or more, with additional orchards joining over the past decade. Phoenix Fruit Farm of Belchertown, MA, under the leadership of new owner Elly Vaughan, is certified for the… Read more »