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#CommunityFood: Collective Impact through Network and Systems Leadership

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Promising practices and success stories alliances, networks, and collaboratives.


Be inspired by the promising practices and success stories of collective leadership fostered through alliances, networks, and collaboratives. These organizations embrace and operationalize the fact that together they can achieve much more than they can possibly do alone. We’ll be joined by two of the most progressive and cutting-edge networking organizations in the good food movement: Farm to Institution New England and the Center for Regional Food Systems. Both will share insights, best practices, and lessons learned from their extensive experience weaving food systems networks in the US.





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Presenter Bios

Peter Allison

Peter Allison, Farm to Institution New England

Peter Allison is Farm to Institution’s Network Director. He also sits on the Network Leadership team of Food Solutions New England, and advisory committees of the Vermont and New Hampshire Farm to School Programs, as well as the Valley Food and Farm program of Vital Communities.  

Hannah Leighton

Hannah Leighton, Farm to Institution New England

Hannah is a research associate on the FINE metrics team where she works to collect, analyze, and share farm to institution data with stakeholders across the supply chain.

Rich Pirog

Rich Pirog, Center for Regional Food Systems and Michigan Farm to Institution Network

Rich Pirog is director at the Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) at Michigan State University. He is responsible for the strategic direction, management, and achievement of mission for the Center. The Center’s work includes food hubs, farm to school and farm to early childhood education, healthy food access and financing, food policy councils, and beginning and organic farming. From 1990-2011 he was associate director and program leader for marketing and food systems at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture in Iowa. Pirog's recent writings and research include impact of local foods, evolution of the local food movement, structural racism present in the U.S. food system, and building networks to address social, health and economic challenges in the food system.

Colleen MattsColleen Matts, Center for Regional Food Systems and Michigan Farm to Institution Network

Colleen Matts works to cultivate local food purchasing programs at Michigan institutions by linking partners and providing resources, technical assistance and policy support. She is the National Farm to School Network Michigan Core Partner and co-leads the Michigan Farm to Institution Network. 

Tina Tamai

Tina Tamai, Hawai’I Task Force

Retired SNAP-Education program manager for the Hawaii Department of Health, Tina Tamai fostered the growth of effective community networks through her position while at the state agency. She continues to coordinate Hawaii Good Food Network activity and was recently named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Fellow.

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