CT - spends more on DoD Fresh than all other 6 states togetherMA – Coordinated procurement program addresses multiple sectorsRI - FTS in all school districts/ RI GAP makes it easier for institutions to buy from local growersNH – strong research and program base at UNH VT and ME strong and diverse network of FTS leaders
Regional Partnerships and Approaches to Farm to Institution - presentation
Regional Partnerships andApproaches to Farm to Institution Peter Allison, Farm to Institution New England (FINE) email@example.com; 802.436.4067 Kelly Erwin, Massachusetts Farm to School Program/ RSC Member for Northeast FTS Steering Committee firstname.lastname@example.org; 413-253-3844 Christine James, John Merck Fund email@example.com; 617-556-4120 Kathy Lawrence, School Food FOCUS firstname.lastname@example.org; 914.708.7053 Vanessa Herald, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems/ RLA- Great Lakes Region of the National Farm to School Network email@example.com; 608.263.6064
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FARM TO INSTITUTION NEW ENGLAND (FINE) www.FarmToInstitution.org
Collective Impact Large-scale social change requires broad cross- sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.Collective Impact: By John Kania & Mark Kramer, published in Stanford Social Innovation Review,Winter 2011http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/collective_impact
FINE - Overview Six-state collaboration working to strengthen our regional food system by increasing the demand and use of New England food by New England institutions Initiated by the National Farm to School Network (Northeast Regional Steering Committee) with strong support from the six New England Chief Agriculture Officers Base of engaged funders – USDA-RD, John Merck Fund, Kendall Foundation, and others Expanding partnership to include change agents in hospitals, colleges, corporations, and agencies Effective involvement by government entities
FINE Structure Leadership Team Coordinator Fiscal Sponsor Workgroup Leaders Project Leaders Community of Practice/Learning Communities
Overview of FINE ProjectsSupply Chain Focus Cross-Cutting Strategies Distribution Identify barriers Conduct pilot projects and Processing research Procurement Support state projects and Scratch Cooking networks Convene partners & Product Focus: Beef to learning communities Institution Recommend policy change Measure progress Share information www.FarmToInstitution.org
Why focus on institutions? Logical outgrowth of FTS efforts Institutions have lots of consumers – In New England: 2.16 million K-12 students ($150 million school food purchases) 900 thousand college and university students and staff 43 thousand people hospital staff Institutions are stable Institutions are visible to current and future leaders
Why focus on a regionalapproach? There is a New England regional identity Producers and consumers are split geographically MA has 50% of population VT raises 50% of dairy and beef ME has 50% of acres of berries and
Why focus regionally? Each state has unique assets to share with the others Food system companies cross state lines Producers, distributors, food service companies Potentially greater policy influence
What is challenging? It’s a big place and people are busy – hard to get together in person and to keep up States do have their own agendas, structures and identity Real and perceived competition between partners and region for: Dollars Leadership and credit Time and attention of leaders The existential questions: Who we are – Who is a partner? What does that mean?
Where are we heading? Expand and clearly define partner base Develop targeted measurement strategies Create a more advanced and integrated communication system Continue pilot and research projects Convene regional communities of practice/ learning communities Support our state programs and networks that support the regional collaboration