By Mike Zastoupil, Farm & Sea to Campus Interim Coordinator

Posted May 4, 2018

News, Opportunities

FINE is Launching a New England Campus Farms Working Group!

Photos courtesy of Hampshire College (above) and UMass Amherst (at left)

The New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network (FSC Network), an initiative of FINE, is looking for a committed and motivated campus farm advocate to co-lead a new working group focused on campus farms, and join the FSC Network steering committee.

The FSC 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.

The campus farms working group is an outgrowth of the New England Campus Farmer Summit FINE co-hosted at Stonehill College in February. During that event, it became clear that campus farmers in New England want more ways to collaborate and stay connected.

Bridget Meigs of Stonehill College has agreed to be one of the co-chairs of the new working group focused on campus farmers. There are currently three other working groups in the FSC Network: supply chain development; education and engagement; and evaluation and tracking.

All working group co-chairs also serve on the FSC Network's steering committee. Members of the steering committe agree to a one-year term and contribute about three to four hours per month. While we understand the seasonality of campus farming, we are looking for someone who can make a commitment for all months of the year.

If you are interested in volunteering for this exciting new role, please review the list of responsibilities of Steering Committee members, then apply online. The deadline for applications is Friday May 18th, 2018.

For more information, please contact Mike Zastoupil, FINE's Farm & Sea to Campus coordinator, at [email protected].



More Opportunities to Get Involved

If you aren't a campus farmer yet you would like to be involved in the FSC Network, you can become a member of one of our four working groups. We’ve redesigned the working group meeting structure so you have more options for involvement, with less commitment. Each month, a different working group will have a call focused on a specific topic. You can join the calls as you wish, and use them to brainstorm ideas and connect with others who are interested in the same topics.