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The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit includes farm to institution programming specifically for schools, colleges, hospitals, and corrections as well as many cross-cutting topics.

Farm to School

The three core elements of farm to school are procurement, education and school gardens. K-12 schools across New England are implementing these activities by serving locally produced foods in their cafeterias, teaching kids about nutrition and healthy eating, and growing school gardens.

Farm to College

Colleges and universities across New England are serving local and regional food in their dining halls, growing their own food in campus gardens and farms, offering food agriculture degree programs, hosting mini farmers markets and advocating for real food.

Farm to Health Care

Hospitals, nursing homes, retirement communities and other health care facilities across New England are serving local and regionally grown food, hosting farmers markets, prescribing their patients farm-fresh food, growing on-site gardens and promoting healthy eating. 

Farm to Corrections

Farm to corrections is an emerging sector and we’re excited to have this new track at the 2019 F2iSummit – see below for more info about our programming in this area. From on-site gardens and farms to classroom education to workforce development and sourcing local for prison meals, the farm to corrections sector is taking off!


Plenary Presentation: Farm to Corrections in Maine

Thursday, April 4, 8:30 - 9:00 am

Speaker: Randall Liberty

Growing Health: How On-site Farms & Gardens Can Achieve Multiple Goals

Wednesday, April 3, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

Learn from Boston Medical Center and Maine State Prison how their on-site farm programs are yielding fresh, organically grown food for their vulnerable populations while providing learning opportunities and a rehabilitative environment. David Maffeo from Boston Medical Center will share his facility process for building their rooftop farm, the first of its kind in Boston. He will discuss how the farm has improved retail and patient food; provided fresh organic produce to low-income, food-insecure Boston residents, served as an education space for patients and the community, and provided environmental benefits. Randall Liberty will discuss the Maine State Prison Sustainable Agriculture Program which created the ability for offenders to sustainably grow vegetables, compost organic matter, and keep bees. Since 2015 the prison farm has grown 12,000 pounds of vegetables that are used in the Inmate Kitchen and 1,000 pounds of vegetables for donation to the Rockland Salvation Army food pantry. John Stoddard from Health Care Without Harm will moderate the panel, and will utilize his expertise in rooftop farming to share general considerations for planning and implementing onsite farms and gardens, which will help participants decide how to plan their own growing space and maximize the potential community benefits.

Speakers: Randall Liberty, David Maffeo, and John Stoddard

Gardens, Greenhouses, Gleaning, and more at Maine Correctional Facilities

Thursday, April 4, 9:00 - 10:15 am

Maine correctional facilities are growing thousands of pounds of produce for use in healthier meals for inmates and to support local hunger relief programs. They are also offering Master Gardener, Compost School, and Beekeeper certifications, among other skill building opportunities like nutrition education and fresh food preparation for inmates that will be transferable upon their release. These programs provide an opportunity for incarcerated individuals to learn about food origins, sustainable agricultural practices, while giving back to the community. Correctional facilities are increasingly introducing innovative farm to institution strategies, strengthening the local food system movement.

Speakers: Randall Liberty, Renee Page

Designing Local Food Programs at Jails and Prisons

Thursday, April 4, 10:30 - 11:45 am

Are you wondering how to integrate food production, increased nutrition, vocational training, college credit, and therapeutic opportunities at correctional facilities? This session explores the Jail-to-Farm-to-College & Employment program at the Franklin County House of Corrections in Greenfield, MA. This whole systems case study serves as a model that can be adapted to respond to the goals, opportunities, and constraints of other correctional facilities. Through the lens of social permaculture design, we will explore the following: food production and preparation programs; farm/food systems college courses inside the jail; integration of food produced on-site into menus; procuring affordable, local food and minimizing logistical hurdles; role of the vendor in selling local product to jails; partnering with local farms and food businesses for post-release internship and employment opportunities.

Speakers: Abrah Dresdale, Tony Hall, Rob Hicks, Joanna Benoit

Farm to Corrections Network Gathering

Thursday, April 4, 1:00 - 3:00 pm