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Making Farm to Institution Work For All

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: 
Standish, ME

Connecting Practitioners to Share Stories and Best Practices to Make Farm to Institution Work For All

This session will be held at St. Joseph's College after a morning session called The Cumberland County Food System Summit  (for more info on Summit, contact Jim Hanna at jhanna@ccfoodsecurity.org or visit the Event Page

This is an afternoon exploring Implementation of Farm to Institution - 

What’s happening right now? 

How can we grow it together?  

Registration at 12:30 St Joseph Alfond Auditorium

At 1 pm we will hear from a panel discussion with successful local food programs:

  • Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative about services providing technical assistance on a 9 step plan to implement a local foods program;

  • St. Joe’s College now buying 44% of their food budget from local producers ;

  • Efforts in Healthcare,

  • Falmouth Schools farm to school program. 

  • Maine Farm to Institution Work Group

At 2:15 pm Small Group Discussions to tackle the most common barriers cited for a local foods program: 

  • How to tell the story - marketing your local foods to the customers and develop a Harvest of the Season program with us today!  

  • Why is it so hard to buy local?  Solutions to aggregation and distribution issues; 

  • Jumping the hurdles  - Food safety, pricing and product consistency, buying agreements  

At 3:30 pm we will gather together, hear some tales from each group around action steps that we can tackle as a network of local food providers.

At 4:00 Enjoy a local foods happy hour provided by St Joe’s Food Service in the Pearson Cafe and catch up with the folks you didn’t get a chance to see earlier!

This event is supported in part by funding from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation.


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We hope you can make it!

Cheers,
Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative & the Maine Farm to Institution Work Group

By: Maine Farm and Sea Cooperative & the Maine Farm to Institution Work Group
Saint Joseph's College of Maine
278 Whites Bridge Road
Standish, ME 04084
http://www.mainefarmandsea.coop/

Featured image courtesy of Shelburne Orchards.