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.

Mission

Our mission is to mobilize the power of New England institutions to transform our food system.

SEE HOW WE ADVANCED OUR MISSION IN 2015-2016

Vision

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.

Values

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

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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.

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Team

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.

Staff

Peter Allison

Executive Director

Emily Barbour

Research Intern

Laura Gallagher

Metrics & Special Projects Intern

Kaitlin Haskins

Communications Manager

Amanda Landry

Communications Intern

Hannah Leighton

Research & Evaluation Manager

Erica Morrell

Policy Fellow

Dana Stevens

Event & Project Manager

Network Advisory Council

Sue AnderBois

State of Rhode Island

Ramón Borges-Méndez

Clark University

Andy Cox

Smith College

Shelley Goraj

MaineGeneral

Christopher Howland

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Monica Nakielski

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

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

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

Funders

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​.

History

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.

Newsletter

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.

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Press

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

Jobs

Director of Programs

We're hiring! FINE is currently seeking a new full-time director of programs who will play a senior strategic and management role for us. They will manage FINE's farm and sea to campus program as well as our food service program. The director of programs will also play leadership roles in fundraising and internal operations. 

We're no longer accepting applications for this job, as we're in the midst of the review phase. Stay tuned to learn who will be our first Director of Programs!

Contact Us

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

Email us:

General Inquiries
[email protected]

Communications
[email protected]

Research & Metrics
[email protected]

Network & Development
[email protected]

Summit & Events
[email protected]

Campus Programs
[email protected]

Send us some mail:

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