The mission of Sustainable Nantucket is to preserve the community character of Nantucket while sustaining its economic and environmental vitality.
Building a more locally based, self-reliant food economy – one in which sustainable food production, processing, distribution, and consumption is integrated— enhances the economic, environmental and social health of our island, and improves our long-term, overall sustainability.
Sustainable Nantucket’s (SN) programs represent a multi-level strategy designed to rebuild the local food system through education, advocacy, training, and partnerships that include the next generation of farmers and community stakeholders.
We are raising awareness about local food, connecting consumers to local food sources, advocating for greater local production, and working with our growers & food producers to develop creative methods to access resources and expand markets. Our efforts raise awareness about the larger concepts of sustainability: interdependence and stewardship of the environment, community, and help to make agriculture, a traditional industry of the island, to again be a driver of our economy.
When our community has greater access to fresh, local food, we:
- Strengthen the viability of our local family farms and small-scale growers
- Support a local living economy
- Get to know our farmers and have confidence in our food
- Place the power of our consumer dollar behind local production. Approximately 1/3 of our carbon footprint as a nation comes from industrialized agriculture, which also uses pesticides and herbicides degrading our soil and water systems. When we source your food locally, we help to reduce the demand for the food produced by this system.
- Enjoy incomparable taste and freshness
- Benefit from food with higher nutritional value
- Lessen our environmental impact by shortening our food’s commute