Farm to Institution: Bridging the Gap Between Local Food Economy and Healthy Food Access
There is ripe opportunity for communities to come together in our region to build a self-sustaining community food system that mobilizes businesses and institutions, aids underserved communities and increases the profitability of all scales of farms in California.
To serve this growing demand for healthy, locally produced food, unique strategies across the state and elsewhere have been implemented to connect farm to institution like never before. In order for the institutional market to become a real possibility for further growth – it will take innovative and collaborative approaches to address the challenges head on. This panel of farmers and other industry practitioners will present a variety of approaches – from corporate CSAs to decentralized food hubs, as well as the important role of institutional “food champions” and “value chain facilitators” – effectively linking local farmers of all scales with institutions of all sizes.
Panelists will present their approaches and reflect on current issues, followed by a moderated discussion around the opportunities and challenges present in local food supply chain. This panel will not only talk about big achievements, but how the small victories — added up — are helping to create a resilient community food system.