What do we want in our ideal end state?
- A strong, inclusive, connected, and collaborative network of people who support and advocate for regional campus food systems
- Healthy, local/regional food in all campuses in New England
- Thriving farms, fisheries and other food businesses that produce, process, and distribute this food
- Equitable and transparent supply chains for the food purchased by New England campuses
- Engaged students that understand where their food comes from and take part in decision-making related to campus food systems
- Food systems education incorporated into all campuses
- Broader communities empowered and engaged by this network
What do we believe?
- All people should have access to healthy, local/regional food
- A robust, well-connected regional campus food systems stakeholder network focused on sharing information, connectivity, and collaboration can solve problems and make change more effectively than individuals
- Understanding the story of their food has the ability to empower & mobilize people to make positive changes in their eating habits and in the food system
- All workers in the food system deserve fair pay and respectful treatment
- Sustainable food production, processing, distribution, preparation, and disposal should account for all of the following: a healthy environment, fair labor practices, and profitability
- Sustainable farmers, fishermen and other local/regional food businesses create stronger regional economies and communities
- Creating lasting change requires a culture of transparency, innovation, creativity, failure, and success
- Food system transformation requires time, momentum, diversity, and resources
- Students are critical to defining and creating campus demand for healthy, local/regional foods
What guiding rules will help frame our network functions?
- The Network will actively seek and promote all types of stakeholders to participate and connect
- Respectful discourse and dialogue are encouraged and expected
- We want to share and learn from both success and failure
- We will seek to share existing information to address identified needs
- We will develop new tools and resources focusing on activities that require a network’s infrastructure or support
- The Network will provide opportunities for peer groups (dining directors, students, chefs, etc.) to connect and also facilitate connection across groups
- The Network will seek opportunities for collective problem-solving whenever possible
Want to learn more about how the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network was created?