Member Profile: Crave Food Services

February 11, 2016Cooperatives, Farm to Institution, farm-to-school, Farm-to-Table, Farmer Profile, NEFU Members, Product Marketing, Regional Marketing

What happens when a chef, obsessed with using local ingredients finds he’s spending more time finding and ordering food than actually cooking it? If the chef is Matt Tortora, he starts a tech company and builds an online platform to connect food service workers and chefs directly to local producers. Tortora and his team at Crave … Read More

Survey Will Help Define Farm-to-Institution Market

February 9, 2016Agriculture Research, Farm to Institution

New England Farmers Union is working with Farm to Institution New England (FINE) to conduct research about the regional Farm to Institution (FTI) market. The FTI market includes public and private schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, and other institutions. FINE is interested in your unique perspective on marketing and selling to institutions – please take … Read More

New Toolkit Guides Farm to Institution Procurement

January 28, 2016Educational Opportunities, Farm to Institution, farm-to-school

Farm to Institution New England (FINE) introduced a new resource to help local farmers and institutional buyers connect. The toolkit, “Setting the Table for Success: Increasing Local Food Purchasing by Institutional Food Service Management,” covers the basics of how institutional purchasing works and offers guidance for using the food service request-for-proposal and contract process to … Read More