We’ve extended the RFP deadline to Friday, November 23rd! There’s still plenty of time to help us build an incredible educational program for the 2019 #F2iSummit!

About the Conference

Farm to Institution New England along with our partners UMass Amherst, the Northeast Farm to School Collaborative, the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network, and Health Care Without Harm 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 food service 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 welcomes 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.

Proposal instructions

Overarching Objectives

We are seeking session proposals that will help participants:

  1. Be inspired to set and achieve bold goals and connect farm to institution work to the “bigger picture” in regional and national food system work.

  2. Learn about innovative farm to institution strategies (e.g. culinary, purchasing, contracting, community partnerships) that have proven successful and can be adopted, adapted, or scaled up.

  3. Develop new skills through in-depth trainings, problem-solving workshops, etc.

  4. Build new and stronger relationships among individuals and organizations, across sectors, and throughout the region, enabling us to collectively move the work forward.

  5. Identify opportunities to engage local, state, or federal policy-makers and decision-makers in supporting farm to institution efforts in New England.

Conference Theme

This year, we seek to continue to build the movement and deepen engagements and collaborations. Join us to celebrate our past efforts, mobilize the region to continue the work, and lay a path to transform the food system together. For more information on this year’s summit, explore this website!


We encourage potential speakers to be creative, collaborative, and inclusive. You may find it helpful to review agendas from our previous conferences (2017, 2015), to avoid repetition while building on important themes and work streams, or to introduce new ideas.

Previous attendees have indicated interest in the following: facilitated networking, education and technical assistance (e.g., on supply chain development, developing food service contracts), more information for institutions that are already at a high level about how to take it further, and race/equity/food sovereignty.

Criteria Rubric

To help guide the development of your proposal, we have included the criteria that reviewers will use to select sessions for the summit. In addition to the criteria below, final selections will be made taking into account the balance of sessions for all sectors and levels of expertise.

  • Encourages participant engagement and active learning (up to 15 points)

  • Builds capacity through skill development (up to 10 points)

  • Includes presenters representing a diversity of backgrounds, perspectives, and communities and/or are part of traditionally underrepresented groups in the farm to institution movement (up to 10 points)

  • Addresses issues related to social justice and equity in the food system (up to 10 points)

  • Aids in network development or stimulates network activity beyond the summit (up to 10 points)

  • Includes a strategy to engage leaders, decision-makers, and/or policy-makers (up to 10 points)

  • Applies across states (up to 5 points)

  • Applies across sectors (up to 5 points)

  • Includes data or other evidence to support ideas or demonstrate success (up to 5 points)

  • Highlights an innovative strategy or new idea(s) (up to 5 points)

  • Demonstrates collaboration between organizations or businesses and/or highlights different approaches and models (up to 5 points)

Maximum total: 90 points


Presenter Information

Presenter Policies & Procedures

  • An individual or organization can submit as many proposals as they want, but we may limit the number of times an individual or organization presents.

  • Proposals may be accepted in total or in part, and presenters may be asked to pair with other similar proposals.  

  • Presenters must be willing to present on either of the main conference days (Wednesday, April 3rd and Thursday, April 4th) or Tuesday, April 2nd for field trips, short-courses & trainings.

  • Presenters will be asked to share their digital presentations with conference participants.

Additional details will be provided to session organizers for accepted proposals after the review process.

Registration Information

All costs to attend the 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit, including registration, travel, and lodging are the responsibility of each presenter. Presenters with accepted proposals will receive a discount on registration. The discount applies to registration only, does not apply to any added costs for optional pre-conference activities, and is limited to three presenters per session. All presenters must be registered by Friday, March 15, 2019. Registration opens in early January.

proposal submission

Response Form

1. Prepare: Would you like to review the questions we’ll be asking so you can start preparing your answers before completing the form?

2. Submit: Ready to submit your proposal? It’s easy! If you are having trouble with this form or need assistance submitting a proposal, please contact Dana Stevens at dana@farmtoinst.org.  


Please submit your proposal by Friday, November 23, 2018. The summit steering committee will be reviewing proposals in December. Presenters can expect a response regarding the status of their proposals in early January. Thank you in advance for submitting a proposal!

Thanks in advance for partnering with us to make the 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit the best one yet!


April 2-4, 2019


UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA


Celebrate. Mobilize. Transform.

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Steering Committee

Peter Allison
Executive Director, Farm to Institution New England

Chris Howland
Director of Purchasing, Marketing & Logistics, UMASS Amherst Auxiliary Services

Randall Liberty
Warden, Maine State Prison

Renee Page
Assistant Director, Healthy Communities of the Capital Area

Stacey Purslow
Program Coordinator, NH Farm to School

Dana Stevens
Event & Project Manager, Farm to Institution New England

John Stoddard
New England Regional Coordinator, Health Care Without Harm

Tania Taranovski
Director of Programs, Farm to Institution New England

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Key Dates

November 23: Session proposal deadline

March 15: Registration deadline for presenters


Partner Meetings

Does your group want to use the summit to host an auxiliary meeting? Contact Dana Stevens at dana@farmtoinst.org to discuss the options.

2017 Program

Want to reference the 2017 New England Farm to Institution Summit program booklet to get inspired?