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, correctional facilities, 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.

Annual Reports

2017-2018 Annual Report 

2016-2017 Annual Report 

2015-2016 Annual Report 


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.

2020 Strategic Plan & Strategy Filter (PDF)



We value collaboration, community and place, diversity, equity, healthy ecosystems, strategic disruption, the right to food, thriving local economies, and transparency.


Commitment to DEI

FINE is committed to addressing the inequities on which our current food system is built and which we as food systems practitioners perpetuate when we accept the status quo.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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

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Executive Director

Brittany Florio

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Program Coordinator

Momoko Hirose

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Program Associate

Hannah Leighton

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Director of Research and Evaluation

Sarah Lyman

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Communications Manager

Megnot Mulugeta

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Program Associate

Sheryl Rivas

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Research and Evaluation Associate

Dana Stevens

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Event & Project Manager

Tania Taranovski

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Director of Programs

Network Advisory Council

Andy Cox

Smith College

Laura Edwards-Orr

Center for Good Food Purchasing

Kyle Foley

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

Shelley Goraj


Christopher Howland

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Lauren Kaskey

Health Care Without Harm

Randall Liberty

Commissioner, Maine Department of Corrections

Josh Marshall

New Hampshire Farm Bureau

Renee Page

Healthy Communities of the Capital Area / Maine Farm to Institution

Kirby Roberts

Marketing Director, UMass Dartmouth Dining Services

Annie Rowell

Vermont First at Sodexo

Jesse Rye

Farm Fresh Rhode Island

Cara Santino

Food Entrepreneurship Program Manager, CitySeed

Julianne Stelmaszyk

Director of Food Strategy, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

Latha Swamy

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Director of Food System Policy at the City of New Haven, CT

Charissa Zapata-Walker

Program Manager, Massachusetts Farm to School


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

John Merck Fund logo
The Whitehead Foundation logo

High Meadows Fund


Henry P Kendall logo

USDA logo


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 2011 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 our story as a book chapter, and in this case study.


Want to stay in the loop on the latest farm to institution news and events? Subscribe to The FINE Print! We send three to five per month. Get up to speed by reading past editions in our archive.



Can Small Farmers Make it Big in Rhode Island?
Rhode Island Monthly | October 2019

Big Food Paybacks to Cafeteria Operators Spark Controversy
Food & Power | September 2018

Stonehill seeks to unite New England campus farms
Wicked Local Easton | February 2018

Bushel of New England Campus Farms Visit Stonehill for Summit
Stonehill College | February 2018

Designing A Food Hub Network for New England
KK&P | January 2018

National Farm to School Month Interview with FINE's Network Director 
iEat Green on Progressive Radio Network | October 2017

Sodexo in New England Plays Major Role in FINE Summit
Sodexo Magazine | Spring 2017

117 Organizations to Watch in 2017
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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We'd love to hear from you, so don't hesitate to get in touch!

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