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5 Principles for Just COVID-19 Relief and Stimulus
Undersigned on this document advocate for 5 principles for just COVID-19 relief and stimulus: 1) Health is the top priority, for all people, with no exceptions. 2) Provide economic relief directly to the people. 3) Rescue workers and communities, not corporate executives. 4) Make a down payment on a regenerative economy, while preventing future crises. 5) Protect our democratic process while protecting each other.
5 Steps to Support Local Seafood
Five steps to support the people and businesses who provide fresh, local seafood, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic: 1) Eat more seafood. 2) Connect with fishermen and sea farms. 3) Support restaurants. 4) Shop small retail. 5) Spread the word. Includes recommendations for COVID-19 responses.
5 Tips for Incorporating Local Food into Menus at Institutions
Institutional dining staff offer their top tips for adding more local food onto the menu. Recorded at the Farm to Institution Small Campus event at Unity College, June 6-7, 2016.
6 Examples of Combatting Food Waste
How campuses and their suppliers are joining the global movement to reduce food waste. Six examples that highlight various ways to address food waste.
6 Tips for Food Distributors Who Want to Sell More Local Food
Distributors face significant barriers to meeting the growing institutional demand for local food. The following recommendations have the power to strengthen the distribution link of the farm to institution marketing chain.
8 New Local Vendor Ties Changing the Way We Eat
This blog post features eight distributors and producers who have been approved to sell food to large institutional food service companies and distributors such as Sodexo, Compass Group, Sysco and PFG. The businesses featured are: Intervale Food Hub, Heiwa Tofu, Red Tomato, Mousam Valley Mushrooms, Maine Grains, US Organic Grain Collaboration, and Farm Fresh New London County Schools
12 Tips for Getting Your Dining Staff on Board with Local Food
If you are interested in learning more about how you can engage your staff in using local foods, check out this list of ideas generated by the participants at our Local Foods for Small Campuses event at Unity Campus in June 2016:
20 Tips to Grow the Farm to Institution Marketplace
This article outlines 20 tips for getting more local food into institutions and is segmented by audience, including: food distributors, government agencies and elected officials, funders, nonprofits, and institutions.
50 State Food System Scorecard: Ranking the states on farm and food health
What do we know about the overall health, sustainability, and equity of the food system across the United States? Union of Concerned Scientists created the 50-State Food System Scorecard to help answer this question. They gathered publicly available data on a wide range of indicators, grouped the indicators into 10 broad categories and calculated scores for each state in each category, and averaged state scores across all 10 categories.
2012 Census of Agriculture Report
The 2012 USDA Census of Agriculture report offers a comprehensive summary of agricultural activity for the United States and for each state. It Includes number of farms by size and type, inventory and values for crops and livestock, producer characteristics, and much more, including data on instituional markets. Here you will find reports, raw data, special studies, methodology, and more.
2015 USDA Farm to School Census Questionnaire
View the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census survey tool. The Census prioritizes procurement data related to local sourcing, with documentation of additional farm to school activities (e.g., the prevalence of school gardens, promotional activities, and curriculum integration, etc.) as a secondary objective.
2015 USDA Farm to School Census Respondent Data
View all of the self-reported data from respondents of the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census. Results can be viewed at the state/national level or by SFA
2017 USDA Census of Agriculture Report
The 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture report offers a comprehensive summary of agricultural activity for the United States and for each state. It Includes number of farms by size and type, inventory and values for crops and livestock, producer characteristics, and much more, including data on instituional markets. Here you will find reports, raw data, special studies, methodology, and more.
2019 Health Care Trends
Hospitals throughout the nation are serving less meat and a plethora of gourmet plant-forward meals that would be could be found in the menu at a high-end, trendy restaurant. As Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York discovered, this strategy satisfies customer demand while meeting patient health and environmental goals. They are not alone. Fifty-eight percent of facilities in our network reduced the amount of meat they purchased for cafeteria and patient service, according to data from the most recent Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards.
2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit Sustainability Policy
In 2019, FINE established a Sustainability Policy to guide planning efforts at the 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit. The Policy addresses food and beverage, food waste, energy & transportation, and marketing & education.
2019 New England Food Vision Prize Webinar Recording
The New England Food Vision Prize is set up to support ideas that result in greater procurement of regional food by institutions, more regional food on campus menus, and increased demand for regional food by students while on campus and beyond the campus as alumnae. Up to six awards of up to $250,000 each will be granted this year. Informational Webinar Farm to Institution New England (FINE) and the Henry P. Kendall Foundation teamed up to offer an informational webinar about this round of the prize to all who are interested. The webinar was held on Thursday, April 11th from 10 to 11 am ET.
AASHE COVID-19 Resources for the Higher Education Sustainability Community
Google document organizing COVID-19 resources for the higher education sustainability community. Categories include: Articulating Connections Between Coronavirus Crisis and Sustainability, Equity and the Coronavirus, Resources on Policy Responses that Support Sustainability, Working Online and Creating Virtual Events, Student Support Resources, Upcoming Engagement Opportunities, Including Earth Day Ideas, Energy Management During Campus Closures, and Zen & Reprieve.
Be-Trayed: How Kickbacks in the Cafeteria Industry Harm our Communities - and What to Do About It
Real Food Generation has been building a case to unveil how major cafeteria contractors like Aramark monopolize the cafeteria industry, hurting the communities they claim to serve. The resulting report shines a light on long-hidden business practices that have rendered the food system rigid and unable to respond to crises like the one brought about by COVID-19.
Benefits of Farm to School Fact Sheet
A Snapshot from the National Farm to School Network on the benefits of farm to school activity, incuding economic development, public health, education, environment, and community engagement
The Benefits of Farm to School: Economic, Health, and Educational Impacts in Three Massachusetts School Districts
This document highlights three Massachusetts farm to school programs at Webster Public Schools, Chicopee Public Schools, and Somerville Public Schools. These case studies showcase specific farm to school projects in each district and demonstrates how these programs are creating financial impact and connecting students to food through classroom and garden activity.