A big part of what we do is connect our network partners and support their work, but we also run our own projects that address specific issues along the farm to institution supply chain. This includes supply chain research, food processing collaboration, food service contract support, farmer wholesale readiness assistance and more. Looking for information specific to schools, colleges, and hospitals? Visit our sector pages >
Farm to Campus
FINE's Farm & Sea to Campus Program aims to increase the amount of local food served in colleges, universities, and residential high schools. We bring together advocates, dining staff, faculty, students, and businesses to spur change in food purchasing patterns, encourage healthy eating, and empower a new generation of food activists.
FINE launched the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network to serve a community of higher education and food systems stakeholders. To join the network, contact Tania Taranovski at email@example.com.
Are you a dining director or chef at an institution? Join our dining operator listserv and check out our recipe series, both resources that we developed to help you use more local and regional food.
The Metrics Project is a major data-driven snapshot of the farm to institution food market chain. The project covers all facets of the supply chain, from production to distribution and consumption.
We are currently developing a common set of key indicators showing the baseline of farm to institution initiatives. Highlights of the data we’ve collected are featured in a new interactive online dashboard, which you can visit by clicking on the link below.
FINE's Food Service Program is a multi-year effort that aims to inform action by increasing the understanding of how food service management companies work. We also help institutions utilize the request for proposal and contract negotiation processes to increase purchases of local food.
The New England Local Food Processors’ community of practice (COP) provides a forum for local processors to share information, visit each other’s facilities, and develop collaborative solutions to common problems. The COP is helping representatives from seven New England food processing facilities be better equipped to meet and overcome their challenges, and pass what they are learning to other processors in New England and beyond.
Our goal is to help existing processing facilities become more efficient at processing local produce and meat for institutions and share best practices with new facilities. Participants are learning valuable information about topics like processing equipment, plant design, and food safety.
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.