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Farm to Institution New England is a six-state network of nonprofit, public and private entities working together to transform our food system by increasing the amount of good, local food served in our region’s schools, hospitals, colleges and other institutions. The FINE network consists of non-profit organizations, government agencies, institutions, foundations, farms, food distributors, food processors, food service operators and others.
Our mission is to mobilize the power of New England institutions to transform our food system.
By 2030, we envision New England institutions and the FINE network playing leadership roles in cultivating a region that is moving towards self-reliance. We envision an equitable and just food system that provides access to healthy and abundant food for all New Englanders, and is defined by sustainable and productive land and ocean ecosystems.
FINE’s vision is in alignment with those of many other food system entities, including the New England Food Vision created by Food Solutions New England. The vision we hold places emphasis on both the way that institutions and the farm to institution network will be operating, and the cultural conditions we see existing by 2030.
We value collaboration, community and place, diversity, equity, healthy ecosystems, strategic disruption, the right to food, thriving local economies, and transparency.
FINE works in three primary ways. We (1) serve as the backbone for the farm to institution network in New England, (2) catalyze collaborative projects that address key barriers in the New England institutional supply chain, and (3) advance a policy and programmatic agenda.
Farm to Institution New England is a program of Third Sector New England, a charitable 501(c)(3) organization.
Farm to Institution New England (FINE) was launched in 2010 as a joint initiative of the Regional Steering Committee of the National Farm to School Network and a collaboration of New England agricultural commissioners. Since inception, FINE has focused on developing cross-sector connections between K-12 schools, colleges and universities, hospitals and other institutions such as day cares, health centers, assisted living facilities, prisons, government facilities and corporate campuses. Today, FINE serves those at the forefront of the farm to institution movement in the region, providing a forum to connect and share ideas, models, resources and support. Learn more about our network by reading this case study.
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FoodTank | December 2016
Farm to Institution Lessons Learned
Vermont Farm to Plate | December 2016
Farm to cafeteria table: The new local food frontier
GreenBiz | October 2016
Tips to Grow the Farm to Institution Marketplace
Vermont Farm to Plate | October 2016
Why Farm-to-Institution Sourcing is the Sleeping Giant of Local Food
Civil Eats | August 2016
Region's distributors cite lack of supply, high prices of local foods (only available to subscribers)
Sustainable Food News | August 2016
New Report Reveals Farm to Institution Trends in Food Distribution
UVM Food Feed | August 2016
Bring local food movement to University of Maine System campuses
Portland Press Herald | October 2015
Maine’s Public Universities to Increase Use of Local Food
Boston Globe | August 2015
Maine’s universities should walk the talk on local foods, farms
Bangor Daily News | August 2015
The Fight For Local Food Arrives at the University of Maine
Modern Farmer | August 2015
Advocates urge UMaine System to dish up local foods to students
Portland Press Herald | July 2015
Maine food producers call on universities to think local when feeding students
Bangor Daily News | July 2015
Group Wants UMaine System to Buy More Maine-Grown Produce
MPBN | July 2015
Locally grown food for UMaine campuses offers sustainable food path and helps farmers
Maine Insights | July 2015
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Farm to Institution New England
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