The Farm to Institution Summit is a first-year conference that will bring together leaders from the Northeast who are working to get more local and regional food into schools, colleges, health care and other institutions. Please join us -- and up to 800 other farm to institution advocates -- for three exciting days of learning, sharing, exploring and connecting.
The event will convene representatives from institutional facilities, along with their food supply chain partners and farm to institution advocates, to maximize collective impact and overcome challenges to buying more local food. The conference will feature three sector-specific forums for farm to school, farm to college and farm to health care, plus a full day of cross-sector workshops, sessions, speakers, activities and more!
The summit is designed to identify issues that cut across the sectors and the region, highlight important successes and achievements in farm to institution in the region, develop collaborative strategies to pursue, inspire and engage participants on important and challenging work, and show connections between sectors, states, and supply chain stakeholders. Summit conveners believe that we are better together — working collaboratively strengthens each of us and increases our ability to make a positive difference.
Are you an advocate, educator, foodservice professional, institutional chef, farmer, fisherman, processor, distributor, aggregator, student, sustainability coordinator, clinician, policymaker or someone else engaged in the farm to institution movement? This conference is just for you!
Where & When
Date: April 7-9, 2015
Location: UMass Amherst in Amherst, MA
The conference is hosted by Farm to Institution New England in collaboration with the National Farm to School Network, Health Care Without Harm, Farm to Institution New York State and other partners.
Peter Allison, Farm to Institution New England
Kaitlin Haskins, Farm to Institution New England
Betsy Rosenbluth, Vermont Food Education Every Day
Kimberly Clark, Farm Fresh Rhode Island
Stacia Clinton, Health Care Without Harm
Riley Neugebauer, Farm to Institution New England
Glenda Neff, Farm to Institution New York State
Olga Moriarty, Pollination Event Company
Dana Stevens, consultant