About the National Farm to Institution Metrics Collaborative
We are a group of national Farm to Institution leaders dedicated to developing best practices for measuring the impact of the institutional market across the supply chain. Our nation-wide, multi-sector collaborative seeks to develop a common set of food procurement metrics, benchmarks, and best-practices for institutional dining and food service that promote the health and resilience of their community’s economic, ecological, and social systems.
Now in its fourth year, the Collaborative has over 100 members from 30 states, representing the country’s leaders in farm to institution work. Through quarterly calls, occasional in-person meetings, presentations at national conferences, and an active listserv, members of the Collaborative share resources (reports, research), tools (surveys, data capture tools), and foundational FTI metrics terminology.
The ultimate aim of the Collaborative is to codify the more-than-financial values associated with ‘local’ food into a replicable set of metrics that support meaningful tracking, benchmarking, and impact measurement across institutions and the nation.
Meet the Collaborative
The National Farm to Institution Metrics Collaborative consists of over 100 members from 30 states at municipal, county, multi-county, state, regional, and national levels. On this map, green states are those containing members of the group. New members are welcome from all states!
Shared Metrics and Collaborative Research
Pilot Project 2019-2020
In the fall of 2019, the National Farm to Institution Collaborative launched a 1-year pilot project, sponsored by USDA AMS, to identify key farm impact metrics that can be used by farm to institution practitioners across the country. Through this project our consortium of farm to institution leaders from across the supply chain has identified the following metrics:
2019-2020 Pilot Project
Through this project our consortium of farm to institution leaders from across the supply chain:
Our Vision for Project Impact
Pilot Steering Committee
The Collaborative Pilot Steering Committee is leading the 2019-2020 pilot project (see more information below). Collaborative member organizations are geographically diverse and represent a variety of institutional sectors. Members of the Collaborative Steering Committee have wide reaching networks and are committed to connecting those networks to this project.
Julie Brewer, Director of the Office Of Community Food Systems, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Ashley Chaifetz, Social Science Research Analyst, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Hannah Leighton, Research and Evaluation Manager, Farm to Institution New England
Colleen Matts, Farm to Institution Specialist, Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems
Colleen McKinney, Director of Engagement, Center for Good Food Purchasing
Jeff O’Hara, Agricultural Marketing Specialist, USDA AMS
Emma Sirois, Associate Director, Associate Director, Healthy Food in Health Care Program and Health Care Without Harm
Lacy Stephens, Program Manager, National Farm to School Network
Nora Stewart, Food Systems Program Manager, CHIP’s Farm to Institution Center
Tina White, Program Coordinator, Real Food Generation