Coonamessett Farm Foundation, Inc. (CFF)’s purpose is the development and transfer of appropriate technology, in support of farming and fishing communities, that are environmentally sound, socially equitable, economically feasible, and compatible with a sustainable future.
Introduction to the Foundation
Coonamessett Farm Foundation, Inc. conducts and supports scientific research and educational activities that promote sustainable fisheries operations, local small-scale agriculture and aquaculture, and renewable energy sources for the benefit of the present and future public. In pursuit of these objectives, the Foundation promotes and undertakes studies, programs, and other activities in accordance with the regulations for a corporation organized under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 180 and described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Foundation, and its predecessor Coonamessett Farm Inc., has been providing research services for over twenty years. The members of the Board of Directors have decades of experience in engineering, science, and education. They are supported by a young and dynamic staff of scientists that excel in their respective projects at sea, in the field, or behind a computer. Each project’s research team is assembled carefully to ensure the accomplishment of the all objectives by partnering CFF’s skilled workers with government, academic, and private sector professionals in a wide range of disciplines.
The Directors and staff possess experience and backgrounds in aquaculture, farming, fishing, renewable energy, engineering, finance, education, resource management, fish and shellfish health assessment, and government regulations. Specific skill sets include crop production management, literature searches and reviews, knowledge of federal, state and local regulatory resource protection requirements (environmental permitting), preparation of environmental impact studies (EAs and EIS documents), cost estimating and implementation of management plans, at-sea data collection, underwater photography and videography, marine living resource surveys (including protected species), invasive species control, hydroponics, and ecological restoration.