Within the context of NEFKE, the term registry refers to a collaboratively maintained, multi-functional online database maintained by NESAWG. It contains information about people, projects, organizations, events, and resources directly related or relevant to food systems work in the Northeast U.S., each tagged using descriptive taxonomies. That includes food producers, distributors, processors, institutional buyers and other value chains participants, as well as those who support them. Where possible our work draws on and complements similar work elsewhere, including the USDA, Data.gov, VIVO/AgriVIVO, and Data Commons Cooperative.
Data contributors/curators include network partner orgs. Individuals can contribute information to the NEFKE registry through this Google form: www.tinyurl.com/nefke-form. Registry data is shared with all partner orgs, enabling them to use that data in a variety of ways, including on their own sites (e.g. to display a map of Farm to School projects listed in the registry for a particular region, or regional event calendars like this).