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  • About this webinar series: CommUNITY Powers the Food System was the theme of the 2023 Northeast Farm to Institution Summit, and it continues with FINE's new webinar series. We continue to build on the energy and community created during the 2023 Summit as we shift to the 2025 Summit. Each webinar highlights important progress, offers opportunities to collaborate, and helps our network move towards a more just, equitable, sustainable, and resilient food system for all. We recognize the impact of the institutional sector on the food system, in procurement, investment, research, education, and care. Through the power of people - our ideas, efforts, and collaborations - we will address urgent issues like climate change, wealth inequality, and racial injustice.

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    • January 18, 2024: Networking for Change: The F2iSummit and the New England Food Hub Network [recording]
    • February 15, 2024: The Butternut Soup Story: All the Ingredients of Success
    • canceled March 21, 2024: Details TBD
    • April 18, 2024: Details TBD
       
  • The Butternut Soup Story: All the Ingredients of Success

    February 15, 2024, 1 pm ET

    Tune in to hear how butternut squash was transformed into a delicious soup that fed thousands at regional hospitals. The story begins with creative strategies to source 5,000 pounds of butternut grown and harvested at Plainville Farm in Hadley, MA this fall, pitching a product for hospital patients and retail outlets, creating a delicious flavor profile that met dietary requirements, producing 1,000 gallons of soup, and freezing it for delivery by an approved vendor - all on budget and on time. Hear how this partnership between Boston Food Hub, CommonWealth Kitchen, and Sodexo (Beth Israel Lahey Health Hospitals, UMass Memorial Health, and The Mass General Brigham) demonstrates the power of innovation and collaboration, and charts the way for more farm to institution success stories. Bring your questions - presenters are eager to hear from you

    Presenters

    • Peter Allison, Executive Director, Farm to Institution New England (webinar host)
    • Amy Leigh Galvin, General Manager - Bayridge Hospital, Sustainability and Wellness Coordinator BILH , Sodexo Healthcare 
    • Kevin Doherty, Director of Culinary Operations, CommonWealth Kitchen
    • Annie Broad, Manager of Boston Food Hub, a program of the nonprofit Boston Area Gleaners
       
  • March 21, 2024, 1 pm ET

    Sorry, we had to cancel this date!

  • April 18, 2024, 1 pm ET

    Details on this month's farm to institution webinar coming soon.

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  • Previous Webinars & Recordings

  • Networking for Change: The F2iSummit and the New England Food Hub Network

    January 18, 2024, 1 - 2:30 pm ET

    Looking for ways to rekindle the sparks you generated at the 2023 F2iSummit back in April? Are you curious to learn more about the impact of this networking event and the progress attendees have made since? At this webinar, FINE’s Director of Strategic Impact Hannah Leighton reflects on that extraordinary network event. We’ll also highlight one example of regional farm to institution work that happened since then. Katelyn Porter, NH Food Alliance Value Chain Coordinator, will join us to talk about how the F2iSummit launched a new wave of collaboration among New England food hubs and food processors. You will learn about their progress and connect it to your own farm to institution work. Come hear what made the F2iSummit so special—where 612 people came together from 334 organizations!— and share your ideas for the next one.