Who We Are

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.


Our Work

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.



Meet our staff and network advisory council!

We're working to ensure that students and patients at schools, colleges and hospitals across New England have access to healthy, regionally grown food.


Peter Allison

Network Director

Kaitlin Haskins

Communications Manager

Hannah Leighton

Research Associate

Sarah Lott

Farm & Sea to Campus Intern

Hannah Mellion

Food Hub Project Coordinator

Nessa Richman

Metrics & Development Manager

Dana Stevens

Event & Project Manager

Network Advisory Council

Sue AnderBois

State of Rhode Island

Charlene Andersen

New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

Kevin Blaney

Chartwells Higher Education

Ramón Borges-Méndez

Clark University

Andy Cox

Smith College

Shelley Goraj


Christopher Howland

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Mark Lapping

U of So. Maine (Emeritus) / Maine Food Strategy

Monica Nakielski

‎Partners HealthCare

Jennifer Obadia

Health Care Without Harm

Renee Page

Healthy Communities of the Capital Area / Maine Farm to Institution

Ken Payne

Rhode Island Agricultural Partnership, RI Food Policy Council

Alicia Pedemonti

Northeast Pork Association / NH Agency of Agriculture

Margaret Read

Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

Annie Rowell

Vermont First at Sodexo

Brett Tolley

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance

John Turenne

Sustainable Food Systems

Sarah Waring

Center for an Agricultural Economy


Farm to Institution New England is generously funded by the following foundations and agencies:


Fiscal Sponsor

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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Contact Us

We'd love to hear from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch!

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General Inquiries
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Farm to Institution New England
15 Linden Road
Hartland, VT 05048