Northeast Farm to Institution Summit – Early Bird Special

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Early Bird Registration extended until March 13th. Special rate for students and farmers!!

You’re invited to attend the Northeast Farm to Institution Summit on April 7-9 at UMass Amherst. The conference will bring together leaders who are working to increase the amount of local and regional food served in schools, colleges and health care facilities. Register for 1,2, or all 3 days…

Join us for 65+ workshops, inspiring speakers, tours, good food, live music and more. Learn more at and view the full program at

See below for updates. We hope to see you there!


Ken Morse
FINE Leadership Team

Join us at the Farm to Institution Summit!
April 7-9 | UMass Amherst

Register now to save $20 per day
Early bird rates for the Farm to Institution Summit have been extended to Friday, March 13th. Scholarship applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through March 13th. Registration will close on Monday, March 23rd.

Find program highlights below and the full program online. You’re welcome to register for one, two or three days of the conference.
Early Bird Rates: $75 for one day, $140 for two days, $200 for three days
The special rate of only $40 per day for farmers, students and AmeriCorps service members will be available until March 23rd. Use the codes Farmer, Student or Service to receive your discounted rate when registering online.
Need a financial assistance to attend? There’s still time to apply for a scholarship — we’ll accept applications on a rolling basis through Friday, March 13th. In addition to partial scholarships, we have a limited number of full scholarships for applicants who are able to volunteer two hours each day.


Date: April 7-9, 2015
Location: UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA

The Farm to Institution Summit is a first-year conference that will bring together hundreds of leaders from the Northeast who are working to get more local and regional food into schools, colleges, health care and other institutions. This is a landmark event not to be missed!

Please help spread the word! We encourage you to invite your networks, colleagues and friends to join us — consider forwarding this email to them. Remember to RSVP via Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter using #F2ISummit. Get sample communications >


Don’t forget to reserve a hotel room if you need one! Group rates are available at three nearby hotels: Hotel UMass, Holiday Inn Express and Howard Johnson. Rooms range from $64 to $130 per night. Reserve your room(s) by March 10th to guarantee availability and get a spot in our block. Get hotel prices, reservation instructions and transportation >


Our exhibitor fair will be a hub of activity during the Farm to Institution Summit. Interested in participating? This is a great opportunity to promote your products and services, build awareness around your mission, strengthen relationships and meet new customers and collaborators! Table space costs $250 (or $150 for nonprofits and small farms) for up to three days. Space is limited. Reserve your table soon!
Sign up for the exhibitor fair >


The Northeast Regional Steering Committee of the National Farm to School Network is looking for some great recipes – recipes for farm to school success! Enter by March 10th for a chance at $500 in cash prizes, free registrations to the Farm to Institution Summit, and a chance to present and share your great work.
Learn more about the contest >

The Farm to Institution Summit will feature 65 sessions and workshops, inspiring keynotes and plenaries, exciting tours, extensive networking opportunities and time to connect with colleagues who are increasing the use of regionally grown foods by schools, colleges and health care facilities. The Summit includes four forums:

The Farm to School Forum on April 7th will focus on the particular challenges and opportunities of supplying, procuring, serving and consuming fresh local and regional produce within primary schools in New England. Leading up to the summit, the Northeast Regional Steering Committee (RSC) of the National Farm to School Network is looking for great examples of successful programs! Learn more about the Farm to School Recipes for Success contest >

Farm to School Program >

The Cross-Sector Forum on April 8th aims to encourage education, networking, and collaboration between organizations, institutions and government agencies within and across state boundaries. By sharing best practices and brainstorming new solutions with a diversity of stakeholders from different fields, we can build stronger and more resilient pathways from farm to institution.

Cross-Sector Program >

The Farm to College Forum on April 9th will bring together students, food service directors, executive chefs, distributors, faculty, administrators, advocacy organizations, sustainability staff, producers, processors and others. This day will allow participants to listen to and share stories and also discuss ideas for a regional network to expand our learning and collective action for campus and university food system change.

Farm to College Program >

Building on the successful Health Care Without Harm regional workgroup summit in 2014, the Farm to Health Care Forum on April 9th will deepen the regional network and connectivity of active health care facilities working to foster the development of a sustainable food system. As a collective, these health care institutions will reflect on goals set the previous year and articulate next steps in activating their supply chain to provide transparent locally, sourced and sustainably produced foods for purchase by the region’s health care facilities.

Farm to Health Care Program >



There is still time to sign up as a sponsor of the Farm to Institution Summit!

Download the Sponsor Packet >


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