There are several types of policies currently operating across the New England states that impact institutional local food purchasing. The most common policies include purchasing preferences, small purchase thresholds, farm to school programs, and state food policy councils. Each of these policies has different opportunities and challenges, and state legislatures can take specific steps to increase the effectiveness and utility of these policies in practice. Some states enact these policies into law, while others enable them through nonbinding administrative initiatives such as programs or projects implemented by state agencies and administrations. In the absence of state policy, some of these initiatives operate at the local level, or as nongovernmental programs. Take a look at the state policy snapshots below to better understand what’s happening in each state.
For more information, visit the policy page of our website to access the full report on New England Trends in Farm to Institution Policy, a policy database, and other related documents.
If you are interested in learning more about FINE's policy work or you'd like to participate in ongoing conversations, contact Erica@farmtoinstitution.org.