Farm to School Lead
Kelly Erwin, Director, Massachusetts Farm to School Project
Key Partner Organizations
Mass. Department of Agricultural Resources; Mass. Farm Bureau Federation; American Farmland Trust; Berkshire Grown; Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture; Farm to Preschool and Families; Fertile Ground; Mass. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education; Mass. Fruit Growers Association; Mass. Public Health Association; Mass. School Nutrition Association; National Farm to School Northeast Regional Steering Committee; Project Bread; Real Food Challenge; Seeds of Solidarity Education Center; Southeastern Mass. Agricultural Partnership; The Food Project; and USDA.
Claneil Foundation, Mass. Dept. of Agricultural Resources, Next Door Fund, Project Bread,
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture, Partners for a Healthier Community, USDA Specialty Crops
Massachusetts Farm to School Focus
Since 2004, our grassroots initiative has facilitated sustainable purchasing relationships between Massachusetts farms and school food service providers. Our goal is to increase consumption of locally grown food for the good of our children, our farms, the state economy, and the environment. With stalwart support from MDAR, the Project:
Farm to Institution Highlights
In 2011, 217 school districts, representing more than half the students enrolled in public schools in Mass., reported they preferentially purchased locally grown foods. And, 81 private schools and colleges reported the same. Finally, 110 farms across the state sold their products, including fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, dairy, wheat, honey, and maple syrup directly to one or more institution.
Kelly Erwin, (413) 253‐3844 or firstname.lastname@example.org