In March 2018, FINE convened a policy workgroup comprised of over two dozen stakeholders from across New England to help guide and support FINE's policy initiatives. Nessa Richman, Rhode Island Food Policy Council Network Director, and Sue Anderbois, Rhode Island Director of Food Strategy, chair this workgroup. This past year members of the workgroup have been integral to shaping FINE's policy priorities, including the production of a policy scan and database containing key state legislation impacting institutional procurement of local foods across the region.
Additionally, in close collaboration with FINE staff and researchers at Vermont Law School's Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS), the policy workgroup is supporting the development of policy snapshots for each New England state. These snapshots provide analysis of key state procurement policy trends, accomplishments, and gaps, as well as recommendations for strengthening state procurement policy going forward. The workgroup will be supporting FINE and CAFS in producing a regional policy analysis building on these snapshot's key findings, to be released in August 2019.
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Farm to Institution Policy Snapshots by State
We're pleased to share these overviews of relevant policies at the state-wide level for the six New England states:
State Farm to School Policy Handbook
This publication offers a detailed review of relevant state policies introduced between January 2002 and December 2018. The handbook was created in partnership by the National Farm to School Network, Center for Agriculture & Food Systems, and US Department of Agriculture