Posted December 15, 2015
Meet the 10 leaders who will shepherd the Farm & Sea to Campus Network
In June 2015, 30 individuals representing a diverse set of stakeholders from across the food system in New England met in Boston to discuss the mission and next steps for a regional Farm & Sea to Campus Network. They were all people who are interested in seeing more local food get onto student plates, and who also felt that the higher education landscape is a powerful tool for influencing the food system at large via education, job training, and more. The mission for the network, which we developed as a result of that meeting, is as follows.
Our Mission: The New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network is a community of higher education and food systems stakeholders who connect, share, and collaborate to develop transparent regional supply chains and educate campus communities about regional food systems.
Another takeaway from that June meeting was the need to further clarify the structure for this group, which led to the recruitment of a region-wide steering committee, made up of individuals who will help define and implement the goals of the network. Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of the Steering Committee. Over 30 applications were submitted for ten seats on the Steering Committee. We are grateful for all of the amazing applications that were received and we look forward to including everyone in the ongoing efforts of the network.
We are excited to announce the Farm & Sea to Campus Network Steering Committee members, who are all serving one-year terms.
Farm & Sea to Campus Network Steering Committee
- Joanna Benoit, Sustainable Food Systems Coordinator, Auxiliary Enterprises, UMass Amherst
- Andy Cox, Director of Dining Services, Smith College
- Kyle Foley, Sustainable Seafood Brand Manager, Gulf of Maine Research Institute
- Simca Horwitz, Eastern Mass Program Director, Mass Farm to School and Farm & Sea to Campus Co-Coordinator, FINE
- Caylin McKee, Sustainability Manager, UVM Dining/Sodexo, University of Vermont
- Riley Neugebauer, Farm & Sea to Campus Co-Coordinator, FINE
- Kristin Speikers, Manager, Procurement & Vendor Relations, Boston College
- Loreen Tirrell, Program Coordinator, Culinary Arts & Food Service Department, North Shore Community College
- Stephen Volpe, Chief Operating Officer, RI Dairy Farms Cooperative
- C.J. Walke, Peggy Rockefeller Farms Manager, College of the Atlantic & Staff for the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA)
This group will be meeting in person in February to help outline some next steps and working groups that will allow additional participation and engagement from across the region. Stay tuned for more details on that. In the meantime, please congratulate these folks on their new role!