The New England Farm to Institution Metrics Dashboard provides at-a-glance information about the farm to institution sector in New England. The dashboard shows the scope and impact of the food purchases made by K-12 schools, institutions of higher education, and hospitals. It also shows how these and other types of institutions make an impact on New England food producers and food distributors.
The New England Farm to Institution Metrics Project was initiated by FINE in March of 2015 to inform New England farm to institution stakeholders (e.g., practitioners, policy makers, funders and financers, researchers) about the role of the farm to institution sector in our regional food system. The project covers all facets of the supply chain, from production to distribution and consumption. Our focus is on three institutional sectors: schools, colleges and hospitals.
Project data comes from secondary sources like the USDA's Farm to School Census and Census of Agriculture, and Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Food in Health Care Survey. In addition to our secondary research, we have implemented three original surveys designed to fill gaps in existing baseline information on the farm to institution sector in New England. The first was a survey of 60 food distributors, the second was a survey of 105 colleges and universities with dining services, and the third was a survey of 225 producers.
Have fun exploring, and let us know if you have any feedback!
Hannah Leighton, Research and Evaluation Manager
Lydia Oberholtzer, Project Consultant
Laura Gallagher, Metrics and Special Projects Intern
Kaitlin Haskins, Communications Manager
Peter Allison, Executive Director
Farm to Institution New England received gracious funding from the following funders to conduct research and develop this dashboard.