The Legal Food Hub provides pro bono legal assistance by matching qualified attorneys in our network with…
& the Organizations that Support Them
Over the last year, our volunteer attorneys donated more than 2,000 hours of time to help farmers, food businesses, and organizations navigate legal issues. In addition to matching participants with free legal help, we continued to expand our educational outreach online and created dozens of free guides to help small farmers and food businesses understand legal essentials that could affect their operations. Here are just a few highlights of our work in 2020. Hover over each photo, then click to read more.
Another Milestone year
In spite of it, New England’s farmers, food entrepreneurs, and food justice-focused nonprofits and community groups forged ahead. We salute the resilience of the movers and shakers who found ways to nourish our communities and lend a hand to neighbors.
At the Legal Food Hub, we worked to support these businesses and organizations through pro bono legal assistance. This year, we surpassed the 750-case mark regionwide, with 105 of those handled in 2020 alone. We also launched a new website that makes it easier to access our services. And we developed dozens of new easy-to-use legal guides addressing the topics our participants ask about most, from forming a business entity to leasing farmland to protecting a brand. The Legal Food Hub is proud to support the people nourishing our region.
FIRMS in our network in four states
NEW ENGLAND STATES SERVED BY LEGAL FOOD HUB
CASES placed since June 2014
MILLION dollars leveraged since 2014
Even as we applaud the rediscovery of fresh local food, we must remain vigilant that this movement doesn’t leave behind those who have been marginalized historically when it comes to land use and food access.
Farmers can play a key role in curbing climate change, but also need support as they adapt to its impacts.
As we look to the long recovery ahead, the strength and courage that our farmers and local food businesses have shown every day give us reasons for hope.