FINE’s values have been developed to reflect our collective aspirations and guide us in carrying out our mission to transform the food system. These values reinforce each other and are not to be viewed in isolation. Together they reflect the need for whole systems thinking to understand and integrate the complex connections of the people, programs and policies related to the food system. They aim to create a high level of accountability, trust, and identity, both internally within the network and externally to our stakeholders and the broader public. Our values guide our behavior and articulate what we think is important in life. We commit to being intentional and aware about how our work connects to these values.

We value:  


Networks of diverse actors working together with a spirit of trust and generosity toward shared goals.

Community & Place

Place-based multi-state approaches that build on the unique geographic identity and history of our New England communities and region to promote relationships and foster productive change.  


A wide range of opinions (or “ways of knowing”), traditions, approaches, backgrounds, and communities.


Fair and just access to resources and opportunities for all within the food system and beyond, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, educational level, economic status or other characteristics.

Healthy Ecosystems

The integrity and biodiversity of natural systems. From recycling nutrients to promoting healthy fish stocks, crop diversity, soil and water quality, energy conservation, and resilience in the face of changing climates, we recognize that the well-being of people and planet are inextricably linked.

Strategic Disruption

Actions that directly challenge elements of the food system that run counter to our values.

The Right to Food

The belief that everyone deserves access to nutritious, affordable, sustainably produced, culturally appropriate food.  

Thriving Local Economies

Economies that cultivate socially equitable, financially viable, and environmentally healthy food systems and ensure that economic power resides locally to the greatest extent possible. This includes ensuring decent and dignified livelihoods for farmers, community-based fishermen and all supply chain workers.


Open access to information that has the potential to create positive change in the food system, and a commitment to honesty regarding goals and purpose when working in collaboration.