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Maine Farm to Institution (MEFTI) is a multi-sector network of people from institutions, nonprofits, farms, government agencies and other entities involved in the food system. MEFTI brings people together from different sectors to share best practices, exchange information, provide training opportunities, and promote local food. 

Our goal is to get colleges, hospitals, schools and other institutions to buy more Maine-grown foods. We seek ideas and input from other farm-to-institution stakeholders to create a sharing network that will accelerate this goal. A cross-sector approach will help create a network that improves Maine’s food economy.

MEFTI supports developing the supply and increasing the consumption of Maine-grown food in Maine institutions in order to give more people access to healthy foods while also strengthening the local economy. We value sustainable agriculture practices and fair jobs in the food system as a foundation for this work. 

MEFTI is generously funded by the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. 

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Leadership Team

Meet the Maine Farm to Institution Network leadership team!

Stephanie Cesario | Maine Farm to School Network

Andrew Graham | Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Jason Goggin | Maine Department of Corrections

Shelley Goraj | MaineGeneral

Kristina Kalolo | Cumberland County Food Security Council

Lauren Kaskey | New England Healthy Food in Health Care

Julia McGuire | University of Maine

Renee Page | Healthy Communities of the Capital Area

Riley Neugebauer | Maine Farm to Institution Network

Jeff Wolovitz | Heiwa Tofu

Sector Leads

Farm to School

Renee Page

Assistant Director
Healthy Communities of the Capital Area

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Farm to college

Tania Taranovski

Farm to Institution New England and New England Farm & Sea to Campus

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Farm to Health Care

Lauren Kaskey

New England Facility & Procurement Coordinator
Health Care Without Harm  

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News & Events

Save the date for the Maine Farm to School Conference on October 4, 2019 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine!

Learn about the Maine Food for the UMaine System coalition successes >  


Learn about the impact of the farm-to-institution marketing chain on our food producers, distributors, schools, hospitals and colleges by visiting our recently launched New England Farm to Institution Metrics Dashboard.