The Farm-to-Institution Sector — critically important to building regional food systems

by Nessa on March 13, 2014

 

Farm to Institution connects institutional food buyers with local farmers and food. Institutions are entities that feed groups of people through central food preparation facilities, including pre-school programs, schools, colleges and universities, senior centers, hospitals, emergency food providers, prisons and more.

There are many exciting stories of efforts to bring fresh, local milk, fruits, vegetables, meats and other products from local farms to local schools, colleges, hospitals, and childcare centers.

By buying local, institutions can improve the health of their clients and create significant new economic opportunities for farms and food businesses.

By selling to institutional markets, farmers and food businesses gain predictable, year-round markets for high volumes of food.

I am happy to announce that I am now working as Collaborative Development Consultant for Farm to Institution New England (FINE).

Farm to Institution New England (FINE) is a six-state collaboration that connects schools, colleges, hospitals, and others institutions to producers of locally-grown foods. FINE encourages farmers and institutional buyers to develop sustainable and mutually-beneficial relationships that enhance the well-being of institutions’ food consumers and our regional agricultural economy. You can learn more about them here:

http://www.farmtoinstitution.org/

As Collaborative Development Coordinator, I work with FINE to build its strategic development capacity and enhance the capacity of its partner organizations in New England. If you want to learn more about investing in FINE and/or the farm to institution sector in New England, please contact me.

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