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Institutional Procurement of Local Food: Vermont Policy Snapshot

Organization: FINE
Published: 2019

This snapshot is part of a six-state series exploring demand-side policies in New England that support public institutions' ability to increase purchases of local food. These snapshots, links to resources, a regional report with comparative findings and recommendations, a database and scan of all policies discussed, and other related information can be found on FINE’s policy page: https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/new-england-farm-institution-policy-project. These documents are current as of May 2019.

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Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers: Leveraging Purchasing Power to Drive Systems Change

Author: Sapna E. Thottathil, Annelies M. Goger
Published: 2018

This 2018 book is divided into four primary sections titled: The Role of Institutions in Food Systems Change, Setting Purchasing Standards through Policy, Creating Shared Identity through Place-Based Connections, and New Directions for Institutional Food Service. Within those sections, chapters are written by farm to institution leaders across the country, including those from Health Care without Harm, the Center for Good Food Purchasing, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, the Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State, and many more. FINE’s chapter, titled “Farm to Institution New England: Mobilizing the Power of a Region’s Institutions to Transform a Region’s Food System,” includes an overview of FINE’s history and origin, followed by an in-depth look at the state of farm to institution in New England today.

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Issue briefs and resources on how COVID-19 is impacting food system

Organization: Harvard Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation
Published: 2020

A list of issue briefs and resources on how COVID-19 is impacting the food system. From Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic.

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Keep on Tracking Local Food: How Better Data Management Systems can Increase Local Food Procurement at New England Campuses

Organization: FINE, New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network
Published: 2018

In 2017, the New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network (FSCN), an initiative of Farm to Institution New England (FINE), conducted in-depth interviews with dining and sustainability managers from ten different campuses to evaluate the variety of ways that campuses in New England are currently tracking their local and sustainable food purchases. By offering some initial insights, FINE and FSCN hope to catalyze the development of best practices for local food procurement. This fact sheet highlights key findings, good ideas, and potential snags from the pilot interviews, which complements FINE’s 2015 Campus Dining Survey.

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Key Planning Recommendations for mass gatherings in the context of the current COVID-19 outbreak

Organization: World Health Organization
Published: 2020

Key planning considerations for organizers of mass gatherings in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass

Organization: USDA
Published: 2012

(See Chapter 7 on Farm to Institution.) The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is a digital guide to help stakeholders navigate USDA resources and efforts related to local and regional food systems. It explains USDA’s recent work to create new market opportunities and to use consumer interest in where their food comes from to foster a national conversation that benefits all of American agriculture. The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative (KYF), a management and communications effort described in the next section, has facilitated these efforts since its inception in 2009. The KYF Compass organizes USDA’s work on local and regional food systems into seven thematic areas; each section discusses resources related to the theme and provides case studies and examples of USDA-supported programs and projects in the field.

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Leveraging Contracts for Local Food Procurement a Guide for Institutions That Work With Food Service Management Companies

Organization: FINE
Published: 2015

This guide aims to assist institutions that are managed by FSMCs in influencing the request for proposal (RFP) and contract negotiation processes to increase purchases of local foods. The guide describes different types of contracts typically used with FSMCs and the ways by which local food procurement is incorporated in them; describes the role of the RFP and provides questions to consider when soliciting proposals in order to vet companies to find one that best meets the institution’s needs; calls out key components of typical contracts that need to be negotiated to improve the ability of institutions to purchase local food products; and t provides a brief resource section providing sample RFP and contract language and New England companies that specialize in food service contract negotiation.

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List of articles related to COVID-19

Organization: Vanessa Garcia Polanco, MSU
Published: 2020

Google document of resources on food and COVID-19. Categories include food justice, food safety, supply chain, food security, agriculture, community gardens, restaurants, food chain workers, schools, policy, and food waste.

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List of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in all 50 States

Organization: Modern Farmer
Published: 2020

A list of farms in all 50 states that offer community supported agriculture (CSA), updated during COVID-19.

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List of COVID-19 resources for farmers from ATTRA

Organization: National Center for Appropriate Technology ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture Program
Published: 2020

COVID-19 response resources for farmers, including categories of farmers markets, alternative marketing, financial assistance, food safety, and food security.

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List of Financial Resources for COVID-19 Response

Organization: Philanthropy Massachusetts
Published: 2020

Resource page for Massachusetts funding with ways to respond to natural disasters and other calls for emergency relief.

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List of Resources for Farmers and Others in Food System

Organization: Wit Meets Grit
Published: 2020

List of resources on a variety of COVID-19 topics including: canceling events, funding, strategic planning, communication foods, food access, farming, and advocacy.

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Local Food for Campus Dining: Stats & Stories

Organization: FINE
Published: 2017

This webinar illustrates how FINE's research can inform your efforts to increase procurement of local food at institutions in New England and beyond. We discuss topics such as: the rising demand for local food; definitions of local and tracking methods; the prevalence of price and availability barriers; campus farms and gardens; food education initiatives; and differences between campuses operated by food service management companies and those that are self-operated. Moderated by Kaitlin Haskins of FINE. Speakers include: Peter Alison of FINE, Nessa Richman of FINE, Jenny MacArthur of Unity College, Stephanie Keith of Roger Williams University

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Local Food in COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Organization: National Farm to School Network
Published: 2020

The importance and benefit of connecting with local food continue to emerge as vitally important and a key to addressing potential challenges of emergency feeding efforts. This fact sheet outlines some of the promising practices that school nutrition providers, early care and education center, community partners, and state agencies have seen during COVID-19 while supporting local farmers and producers in accessing markets, while supporting families in accessing healthy food.

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Local Food Marketing Practices Survey

Organization: USDA
Published: 2015

This survey, which was the first of its kind, established baseline data on local and regional food market trends. The results were released in late 2016, showing that agricultural producers across the United States are selling billions of dollars worth of product to direct markets, including direct markets that reach institutional consumers. Here you will find the survey form, methodology, key findings, and more.

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Local Food Processing in New England

Organization: FINE
Published: 2017

This video features the seven members of FINE's New England Food Processors’ Community of Practice, a group of representatives from seven New England food processing facilities. This short video looks at the unique characteristics of the various food processors in the region, comparing what is working well and what is most challenging. This short video features The Franklin County Community Development Corporation (Greenfield, MA), the Vermont Food Venture Center (Hardwick, VT), Mad River Food Hub (Waitsfield, VT), Northern Girl (Van Buren, ME), CommonWealth Kitchen (Dorchester, MA), Farm Fresh RI (Pawtucket, RI), and Hope & Main (Warren, RI).

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Local Food Processing White Papers: Food Safety Regulation - an Introduction for Entrepreneurs

Organization: FINE, New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network
Published: 2018

A four-part series of white papers on the processing of local food products in New England. The white papers were developed to help processors, investors, and policymakers better understand some of the fundamental issues and opportunities that these operations must address to be a success.This guide will help new food businesses navigate the regulations and gain certifications that will help you access institutional markets and other large buyers. Download the other white papers at https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/new-england-local-food-processing-white-papers

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Local Food Processing White Papers: The Culinary Incubator Business Model

Organization: FINE, New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network
Published: 2018

A four-part series of white papers on the processing of local food products in New England. The white papers were developed to help processors, investors, and policymakers better understand some of the fundamental issues and opportunities that these operations must address to be a success. This report provides an overview of the challenges and a list of recommendations for incubators; funders and nonprofits; and government officials who want to support the growth of new food businesses in New England. Download the other white papers at https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/new-england-local-food-processing-white-papers

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Local Food Processing White Papers: The Equipment Question

Organization: FINE, New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network
Published: 2018

A four-part series of white papers on the processing of local food products in New England. The white papers were developed to help processors, investors, and policymakers better understand some of the fundamental issues and opportunities that these operations must address to be a success. This paper includes recommendations for equipment manufacturers; funders and nonprofits; and government officials who wish to support help food processors access the equipment they need to ramp up production of lightly processed local food. Download the other white papers at https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/new-england-local-food-processing-white-papers

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Local Food Processing White Papers: Work Force Development: A Challenging Opportunity

Organization: FINE, New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network
Published: 2018

A four-part series of white papers on the processing of local food products in New England. The white papers were developed to help processors, investors, and policymakers better understand some of the fundamental issues and opportunities that these operations must address to be a success. This paper highlights innovative workforce development programs and provides recommendations for food manufacturers; funders and nonprofits; and government officials who wish to help ensure New England has enough skilled workers to support the new food economy. Download the other white papers at https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/new-england-local-food-processing-white-papers

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