Maine Farm to Institution Summit

February 9, 2018 all-day

Save the date February 9, 2018 for Maine’s first Farm to Institution Summit at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, ME. 
Please note, this event will replace this year’s Maine Farm to School Conference traditionally held in October. 
The Summit will include lots of K-12 farm to school content but will go further to include more cross-sector sessions aimed to engage college, health care, prison/corrections, early care and education, and other institutional sectors along with food producers, policy makers, and other food systems leaders and advocates.
Workshop Session Proposals: Learn more about the Summit and submit workshop session proposals now through November 3, 2017 here:
Please note, some individuals are being linked directly to the application and bypassing the 2-page introduction and instructions. We hope this problem is fixed, but just in case, pasted in the block below is the introduction and instruction text. 
If you are interested in sponsoring the summit, please contact Ken Morse at or 207.393.0134
Maine Farm to Institution Summit Workshop Application
Introduction and Instructions
Maine Farm to Institution Summit Request for Presenter Proposals 
Maine Farm to Institution (MEFTI) and the Maine Farm to School Network (MFSN) and their many partners are pleased to announce the first Maine Farm to Institution Summit, taking place February 9, 2018 at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. 
Background: The Maine Farm to School Network (MFSN) has been actively organizing the K-12 Farm to School movement in Maine for 10 years. Not only has this movement been enriched by many local and state partners here in Maine, but also by collaboration with the Northeast Regional Steering Committee (RSC) of the National Farm to School Network. About 6 years ago, the RSC organized Farm to Institution New England (FINE) as a cross-sector initiative that engages K-12, college, and health care partners in collaborative farm to institution work. Maine Farm to Institution (MEFTI) formed 3 years ago, from the Maine Farm to School Network, to bring this cross-sector collaboration model to Maine, with support from FINE and other regional partners like Health Care Without Harm. Over the last few years, the annual Maine Farm to School Conference has begun to include sessions on these other sectors, and this year, MFSN decided to forego its annual fall conference, and instead, support this first Maine Farm to Institution Summit. The Summit will continue to incorporate lots of sessions on K-12 gardens, food and agriculture education, and local procurement. Our intention is to frame this work in the broader context with a robust agenda of sessions relating to college, health care, and prison sectors.
Summit Purpose: The aspiration for the Summit is to gather farmers and food producers, food service operators, advocates, educators, administrators, and others dedicated to cultivate the power of institutions to develop an equitable and resilient Maine food system. The Maine Farm to Institution Summit is designed to inspire and energize the network through sharing best practices and innovative strategies; enhancing network capacity through skill building; and strengthening collective impact by engaging food producers, educators, decision makers, leaders, and policymakers in shared problem solving.
Overarching Objectives: The Summit will build on the history of addressing institutional procurement, hands-on learning through institutional production, and education about food and agriculture in all of these sectors. By addressing key themes such as leadership in Farm to Institution, the role of both practice and policy in building a sustainable food system, and cross-sector networks, we aim for participants to be able to:
1. Develop new skills that will enhance their effectiveness.
2. Develop new partnerships throughout the region to enhance overall effectiveness.
3. Learn about innovative strategies that have worked in other communities.
4. Connect to local, state, and federal policymakers to support farm to institution efforts.
5. Inspire each other to set and achieve bolder goals for our food system.
6. Frame farm to institution in new ways to connect with a broader audience.
7. Clearly understand the need for and relevancy of farm to institution in our region.
Session Proposal Selection Rubric: To help guide development of your proposal, consider the criterion below that will be used by reviewers to select sessions for the Summit. In addition to the criteria below, final selections will be made taking into account the balance of sessions for all sectors and levels of expertise. Workshops should be as engaging as possible. With this in mind, please plan to allow at least 1/3 of the time for questions and discussion. 


Potential Points

Encourages participant engagement 


Addresses issues related to social justice/equity in the food system 


Builds capacity through skill development 


Aids in network development/stimulates network activity beyond the summit


Includes strategy(ies) for engaging leaders and decision-makers 


Highlights an innovative strategy 


Addresses a barrier to farm to institution implementation 


Applies across sectors 


Maximum Total Points 


Registration Information: All costs to attend the 2018 Summit, including registration and travel are the responsibility of each presenter. Up to 3 presenters per accepted proposal will qualify for a 50% discount on registration at the early bird registration rate. All presenters must be registered by December 15, 2017. 
Presenter Policies and Procedures:
* Room Setup: there is limited potential for reorganizing rooms. Presenters may request a particular setup but summit organizers will ultimately determine best fit based on room availability and application (e.g. auditorium style for speaker panel, classroom or board room style for presentations, etc.)
* Room Monitor/Volunteer: role – introduce speaker/session, session evaluation, room set-up, etc. Summit organizers will identify room monitors.
* Late submissions may or may not be considered.
* Limit 3 presenters per session.
* Must be willing to present at the summit on the scheduled day of February 9, 2018 and, if necessary, the snow date February 12, 2018.
* All sessions should be educational in nature. Advertisements of a product or service will not be accepted. If you are interested in promoting a product or service, please ask conference organizers about sponsorship opportunities. 
Maine Farm to Institution Summit Organizing Committee:
* Lead: Riley Neugebauer, MEFTI Leadership Team
* Lauren Kaskey, MEFTI Leadership Team, Health Care Without Harm
* Viña Lindley, MFSN, UMaine Cooperative Extension/FoodCorps
* Ken Morse, MEFTI Leadership Team
* Renee Page, MEFTI & MFSN Coordinator, Healthy Communities of the Capital Area
* Others are still being recruited and are welcome
Please submit your proposal by November 3, 2017. If you are having trouble with this form, please contact Riley Neugebauer at
Link to Application:


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