Seeking Session Proposals thru Nov. 23rd

Now Seeking Session Proposals for the 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit!

Deadline: Nov. 23rd (now closed)

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Since the first gathering in 2015, the biennial New England Farm to Institution Summit has become a seminal event for stakeholders working to transform our regional food system. More than 500 participants attend the summit, including food service operators, producers, supply chain businesses, advocates, public officials, and others dedicated to this work. We strive to bring together an inclusive and diverse regional network of individuals and entities across all parts of the food system – that’s where you come in!

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? 

The #F2iSummit is by-the-network, for-the-network. In these challenging times, it’s more important than ever that we come together to make positive change. You can help make that happen! Join us by submitting a proposal idea that will bring the New England food systems community together to CELEBRATE what we’ve accomplished, MOBILIZE more stakeholders, and TRANSFORM the farm-to-institution supply chain. The request for proposals is open until Friday, Nov. 23rd. To find more information about what we are looking for and how proposals will be reviewed, visit the summit website.

The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit will be held at UMass Amherst on April 2-4. The summit is hosted by FINE in partnership with UMass Amherst, the Northeast Farm to School Collaborative, the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network, and Health Care Without Harm. We have generous support from the John Merck Fund, Henry P. Kendall Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture, Red’s Best, Food Solutions New England, and UMass Amherst, and we're accepting new sponsors.

The request for proposals is now live on the New England Farm to Institution Summit website:

2019 #F2iSummit Website is Now Live!

Announcing the launch of our 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit website

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

The summit website, which FINE staff developed in-house, reflects a custom visual identity developed in partnership with graphic designer and illustrator Seth Gregory of Northampton, Massachusetts. We worked closely with Seth to develop a fresh, bright look for the 2019 summit that will inspire people and bring everyone together around a common cause. 

Currently, the website features baseline information about the 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit as well as robust details about sponsorship opportunities. From now until April, we'll be adding details about the program, registration, scholarships, field trips, exhibitor opportunities, and more. Check back regularly!

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Sponsorship Opportunities are Now Available!

Consider partnering with us by sponsoring the 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit!

We're pleased to announce a whole suite of sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit. Sponsoring this event is a great investment for your company or organization, and there’s sure to be a package or experience that’s the right fit for you!

As a sponsor, you will provide valuable support and leadership to New England’s premier cross-sector conference dedicated to transforming our food system by leveraging the power of our region’s anchor institutions. You can promote your brand and connect with industry leaders, influencers, and decision-makers. 

Your sponsorship helps build a strong regional food system of viable farm and food businesses, engaged institutions, and well-nourished communities. Please visit the summit website to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and download the sponsor guide. 

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Save the Date for the 2019 New England #f2isummit!

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The Farm to Institution New England team is pleased to announce that our 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit will be held on April 2-4, 2019 at UMass Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Thanks to FINE's strong network of local and regional food system partners, our 2015 and 2017 summits were both a tremendous success. FINE is eager to once again serve as the principal summit host, working with many partners to bring our region the third biennial New England Farm to Institution Summit. Collectively, we are committed to curating an event that meets the needs of our growing and dynamic network of stakeholders to mobilize institutions to transform our food system. 

The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit steering committee is already laying the groundwork for our summit theme, structure, outreach, and funding elements. We invite you to save the date and stay tuned for more information! 

If you're interested in having an active role in shaping the summit, contact us at summit@farmtoinst.org to learn more.