By Peter Allison, Executive Director

Posted April 3, 2017

News, Opportunities

Help chart FINE's future: Apply to join our Network Advisory Council

We're now accepting applications for our 2017-18 Network Advisory Council

Dear FINE Partners,

Farm to Institution New England (FINE) is excited to announce that we are seeking applications for members of the FINE Network Advisory Council (NAC), which serves as our overarching governing body. We currently have an amazing NAC, and have some openings for new members as well. We are looking for individuals who represent the diversity of our communities and have experience in roles all along the supply chain. If you're interested in exploring this opportunity, please fill out an application or contact Peter Allison, FINE's Network Director, at [email protected].



Farm to Institution New England (FINE) is a six-state network of nonprofit, public and private entities working to mobilize the power of 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. For more information about FINE, explore our website (

We are in the process of seeking new members for the FINE Network Advisory Council (NAC) which serves as FINE’s overarching governing body. The volunteer NAC includes approximately 17 members who represent the six New England states and various roles in the farm to institution value chain. The NAC will also select a smaller Coordinating Committee (3 to 4 members) that will play a more hands-on role.  


  • Provide strategic direction for FINE in keeping with our current strategic plan, and help to evaluate and revise the plan as needed
  • Advise on FINE network development, programming and policy focus
  • Review and approve annual budget and workplan  
  • Assist with FINE network development through outreach to stakeholders  
  • Serve on FINE task forces and committees, as needed and available
  • Select and design a Coordinating Committee, which will provide a more active role in decision-making and guidance on behalf of the NAC
  • Review and revise the membership and function of the NAC as needed


  • Actively prepare for and participate in at least six meetings per year including at least three in-person meetings (travel and lodging expenses reimbursed)
  • Keep informed on FINE programs, budget and policies by reading monthly staff updates and periodic conversations with FINE staff
  • Help FINE disseminate information to farm to institution stakeholders through member outreach tools
  • Help FINE generate positive connections with stakeholders, provide input on development efforts, and create opportunities for ongoing collaboration and action
  • Serve a (renewable) term of two years


  • Individuals who have a commitment to FINE’s mission and vision
  • Individuals who have an interest in connecting with other farm to institution leaders from around New England to steer the future of this dynamic regional collaboration
  • Individuals from each of the six New England states
  • Individuals representing the diversity of our communities, including race, gender, gender identity, ethnicity
  • Individuals with experience and knowledge about farm to institution issues, including:
    • Food production for wholesale and institutional markets
    • Aggregation, processing, and/or distribution
    • Food service management and procurement
    • Institutional sustainability operations
    • Agriculture, public health, nutrition or procurement policies and programs
    • Economic development
    • Food justice
  • Individuals playing roles in the farm to institution supply chain, including:
    • Supply chain business leaders and employees
    • Government agency staff  
    • Researchers
    • Advocates and community organizers
    • Funders
    • Educators, clinicians, sustainability officers and dining service staff


  • Complete your application by Friday, May 5th, 2017
  • Network Advisory Council member selections will be announced by Friday, May 19th, 2017
  • First Network Advisory Council meeting will take place in June or July 2017


To learn more about Farm to Institution New England, visit, where you can find our mission, vision, strategic plan, history, newsletter archive, and more.