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Regional Partnerships and Approaches to Farm to Institution - presentation


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Regional Partnerships and Approaches to Farm to Institution

Presenter: Peter Allison

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Regional Partnerships and Approaches to Farm to Institution - presentation

  1. 1. Regional Partnerships andApproaches to Farm to Institution Peter Allison, Farm to Institution New England (FINE) ; 802.436.4067 Kelly Erwin, Massachusetts Farm to School Program/ RSC Member for Northeast FTS Steering Committee ; 413-253-3844 Christine James, John Merck Fund ; 617-556-4120 Kathy Lawrence, School Food FOCUS ; 914.708.7053 Vanessa Herald, UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems/ RLA- Great Lakes Region of the National Farm to School Network ; 608.263.6064
  2. 2. What is one issue related to partnerships and collaboration that you wantto talk about today?
  4. 4. 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 2011
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. FINE Structure Leadership Team Coordinator Fiscal Sponsor Workgroup Leaders Project Leaders Community of Practice/Learning Communities
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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?
  12. 12. 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