Farm to Institution

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Farm to Institution programs give farmers and ranchers the opportunity to develop new markets and sell to local K-12 schools, hospitals, colleges, cafeterias or government agencies.

UEPI. Center for Food and Justice.

Highlights U.S. state farm-to-school programs; discusses related national policies; describes case studies, surveys and evaluation tools; and identifies funding opportunities.

ATTRA - A National Sustainable Agriculture Assistance Program.

A guide to information and resources that farmers, school administrators, food-service managers, and community members can use to start or expand a farm to institution venture. Updated in 2013, the guide covers models of Farm to Institution programs, program implementation and considerations, existing supportive policies, and more.

Farm to Institution New England.

Learn about regional projects, including the development of meaningful metrics and farm to campus programs. Find case studies, guides and toolkits, and reports. Includes farm to healthcare, farm to school, and farm to campus resources.

A 2019 report from the New England Farm to Institution Policy Project compiles the findings of state-by-state research into local food procurement policies, plus policy snapshots for each of the six New England states included in the study. Report include regional initiatives, challenges, recommendations, and future research questions. 

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

This bibliography documents existing research and resources on Farm to School and Farm to Institution efforts around the Nation. Our knowledge about Farm to School may foster future research that will eventually facilitate the growth of sustainable food production and local food consumption.