Posted May 7, 2020
We're now accepting applications for the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network Steering Committee
We are looking for up to six individuals who represent the diversity of New England campus communities. Information is below, or contact Tania Taranovski, FINE's Director of Programs.
Farm to Institution New England
Farm to Institution New England (FINE) is the backbone organization for a six-state network of nonprofit, public, and private entities working to mobilize the power of regional institutions to transform our food system. We work to increase 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. More information about FINE.
The New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network
The New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network (FSCN) 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. Steering Committee members meet monthly and volunteer a few additional hours per month to lead, promote, and coordinate Network activities and advise FINE on farm to campus initiatives. More information about the FSCN.
Network 2020-2021 Goals:
- Help meet numerical targets and the New England Food Vision.
- Educate stakeholders including the next generation.
- Increase and diversify network participation.
We will also support the Network as the regional food system moves forward from the disruptions resulting from COVID-19.
WHO WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Are you interested in getting more local food into New England colleges, universities, and independent K-12 schools? Do you have a passion for creating a stronger, more resilient, and just food system? If this describes you, and you enjoy working collaboratively to build supportive networks, please join us! We strongly encourage applicants from across New England who represent the diversity of farm to campus stakeholders, including race, ethnicity, ability, gender, and sexual orientation. We welcome participation from people throughout the farm to campus food system including workers from food service, food processing, and farms; farmers and fishermen; distributors and processors; dining directors/managers and chefs; non-profit advocates or service providers; educators/faculty; campus farm and garden managers; researchers/analysts; campus administrators; policymakers; community and economic development and/or finance representatives.
FSCN STEERING COMMITTEE ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Play an active role in determining the network's direction, including the annual strategic plans, policies, and structure
- Support campus-related programming (e.g., online and in-person events, blogs, case studies, research, and reports) through participation in working groups and projects
- Help grow the network through outreach to stakeholders, centered on FINE’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Share and promote the FSCN information and activities with colleagues
- Contribute to the FSCN communication platforms including the dining operators listserv and/or the Facebook group
- Create an open and inclusive working and network environment
TIME AND TERM COMMITMENTS
FSCN steering committee members are asked to serve a minimum of 1 year. The steering committee will meet via videoconference monthly for an hour. Preparation for meetings will require approximately half an hour for agenda review, reading materials, monthly updates, and/or responding to questions and emails. In between monthly meetings, steering committee members may be asked to work on projects that require 30-90 minutes of additional time. The total monthly commitment is a minimum of 90 minutes. The group aims to meet in person at least once a year at a location in New England. FINE covers travel and accommodation costs for these in-person meetings.
BENEFITS OF SERVING ON THE FSCN STEERING COMMITTEE
By serving on the FSCN steering committee, you will help guide and provide leadership for network efforts in the region. You’ll also have the opportunity to expand your own network and participate in events and activities designed to support your work. You will join a fun, committed team of thought leaders and practitioners to create a stronger, more resilient, and just food system in New England.
READY TO JOIN US?
- Applications are due by Monday, June 15, 2020
- Application review, and invitations to join the FSCN Steering Committee completed by June 30, 2020
- First committee meeting in early July 2020