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The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit will bring together 500+ people who are leveraging the power of institutions to transform our food system.

Farm to Institution New England along with our partners UMass Amherst, Health Care Without Harm, the Northeast Farm to School Collaborative, the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network are pleased to announce the third biennial New England Farm to Institution Summit, which will take place on April 2-4, 2019 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Since the first gathering in 2015, the New England Farm to Institution Summit has become a seminal event for stakeholders working to transform our regional food system. More than 500 participants are expected at the event, including foodservice operators, producers, supply chain businesses, advocates, public officials, and others dedicated to this work. The summit seeks to bring together an inclusive, diverse regional network of individuals and entities across all parts of the food system.

The summit will feature programming that focuses on farm to school, farm to campus, farm to health care, and farm to corrections, as well as cross-sector themes. We welcome both newcomers and pioneers on the forefront of the movement to inspire change and generate energy through sharing best practices and innovative strategies; enhancing network capacity through skill building; and strengthening our collective impact by engaging leaders and policymakers in shared problem-solving.

Online

Website: www.f2isummit.org
Hashtags: #f2isummit #farmtoinstitution
Social Media Handle: @farm2inst
(Facebook, Twitter & Instagram)
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Tagline: Celebrate. Mobilize. Transform.

Dates: April 2-4, 2019

Location:
Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center
UMass Amherst
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003

Objective

The New England Farm to Institution Summit is designed to identify issues that cut across the sectors and the region, highlight important successes and achievements in farm to institution in the region, develop collaborative strategies to pursue, inspire and engage participants on important and challenging work, and show connections between sectors, states, and supply chain stakeholders.

Audience

Do you have an innovative idea, a set of best practices, or a policy proposal to share? Has your institution been leading the charge to improve our food system? Are you a student mobilizing your school to support regional producers, protect the environment, and pay food chain workers a fair wage? Are you running an institutional dining program while tracking your sustainability impact? Are you a regional producer selling to institutions? Do you want to brainstorm some big solutions with other great food systems practitioners in the region? This conference is for you!

Registration

Early bird registration is now open.

Scholarships

We will offer partial scholarships to dozens of people who request financial assistance to attend the #F2ISummit.

Program

The New England Farm to Institution Summit program is chock full of engaging sessions, inspiring speakers, exciting tours, fun social events and more!

Exhibitor Fair

The exhibitor fair at the #F2ISummit will be a great opportunity to promote your products and services, build awareness around your mission, strengthen relationships and meet new customers and collaborators!

Sustainability

As we work to make this our most meaningful New England Farm to Institution Summit yet, we are doing a lot of reflecting on the environmental impact of hosting an event of this sort. We have worked hard to make sustainable decisions throughout the program planning process; we strive to serve local and regional foods throughout the event and we are dedicated to minimizing waste by using reusable materials and composting.

We have established a sustainability committee and created a sustainability policy to guide our efforts and help us measure our impact. The policy outlines targets and activities for FINE and our partners during the planning process, but it also includes ways that you, the attendees and presenters, can help us make this event as sustainable as possible!

Sponsorship

We have many opportunities for sponsorship! Interested? Learn more >

Contact

Questions? Suggestions? Contact us at summit@farmtoinst.org.

Steering Committee

Peter Allison
Farm to Institution New England

Chris Howland
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Bridget Lawrence-Meigs
Stonehill College

Renee Page
Healthy Communities of the Capital Area

Stacey Purslow
NH Farm to School

Dana Stevens
Farm to Institution New England

John Stoddard
Health Care Without Harm

Tania Taranovski
Farm to Institution New England

Advisory Team

Sue Anderbois
State of Rhode Island

Mandilyn Beck
Sodexo Sustainability

Sarah Bernstein
Farm Fresh RI

Kalila Booker-Cassano
Henry P. Kendall Foundation

Andy Cox
Smith College

Jane D'Antonio
Food Solutions New England

Abrah Dresdale
Franklin County Jail

Danielle Fleury
USDA Farm to School

Britt Florio
UMass Amherst

DJ Grandmaison
Lef Farms

Kaitlin Haskins
Farm to Institution New England

Simca Horwitz
MA Farm to School

Dawn LaVallee
Medfield Public Schools

Hannah Leighton
Farm to Institution New England

Randall Liberty
Maine State Prison

Jamey Lionette
Red's Best

Ninya Loeppky
John Merck Fund

Anna Malek Mercer
Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation

Mark McBrine
Charleston Correctional Facility

Caroline Myran
New Venture Advisors

Abbie Nelson
VT FEED

Hilda Roque
Nuestras Raíces

Betsy Rosenbluth
VT FEED

Dan Roth
Brigham Health

Annie Rowell
Sodexo

Theresa Snow
Salvation Farms

Karen Spiller
Food Solutions New England

Cecily Upton
Food Corps