Community Coordinator – City of New Haven Food System Policy Division
Rooted in Community, a localized approach to growing the farm to institution movement in New England, is a three-year-long project that will create a collaborative values-based approach to building a community-centered food system that shifts the institutional power dynamics around race.
The three New England communities of Springfield, MA, New Haven, CT, and Cumberland County, ME, will serve as a cohort for shared learning and implementation of farm to institution initiatives in schools, colleges, health care, and the carceral system. The cohort is represented by community-based organizations: Springfield Food Policy Council, Cumberland County Food Security Council, and the City of New Haven Food System Policy Division, all of which are already driving food systems change at the local level.
The project is coordinated and administered by Farm to Institution New England (FINE), serving to connect the local cohort members with regional partners, resources, and training, while sharing stories and strategies developed in each community with the broader food systems network. Funding is provided by the USDA Regional Food System Partnership program. https://www.farmtoinstitution.org/blog/partnership-funded-for-farm-institution-2022