Sheila Costello (Right), Nutrition Director at Waldo County General Hospital, meets with Farmer Sarah Lincoln-Harrison at True North Farms in Montville, ME.  

Sheila Costello (Right), Nutrition Director at Waldo County General Hospital, meets with Farmer Sarah Lincoln-Harrison at True North Farms in Montville, ME.  

 

Maine Farm to Institution (MEFTI) is...

a multi-sector network of people from institutions, nonprofits, farms, government agencies and other entities involved in the food system. MEFTI brings people together from different sectors to share best practices, exchange information, provide training opportunities, and promote local food. 

We want colleges, hospitals, schools and other institutions to buy more Maine-grown foods. We seek ideas and input from other farm-to-institution stakeholders and believe a cross-sector sharing network will accelerate this goal.  More Maine food in institutions means more people have access to healthy foods, while strengthening our local economies.  We value sustainable agriculture practices and fair jobs in the food system as a foundation for this work. 

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.

In 2010, 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 in 2015, stemming 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.