Campus Farmer Summit
A gathering of the campus farmer community in New England
Campus farmers, students, and representatives from non-profits and agencies connect in person about what makes campus farms successful. This forum provides an opportunity for stakeholders working at the intersection of food justice, environmental sustainability, food access, and healthy eating to discuss challenges and opportunities. Partners from the nonprofit sector join us in conversation about what colleges and universities can do to forge deeper community alliances and strengthen our regional food system.
The New England Campus Farmer Summit is a biennial event held in February that gathers the campus farm community in the northeast. The second biennial summit will highlight the value of campus farms and growing spaces, given larger societal concerns and shifts in structure, function, and constraints of higher education institutions. Attendees will leave the Summit feeling part of a larger campus farm community, with the connections, tools, and information to nourish their own communities, organizations, and farms.
Statement of Purpose
Campus farms, gardens, and other growing spaces serve at the intersection of food justice, environmental sustainability, food access, and wellness. A campus farm can feed the student body and broader community and enriches academic and social life. Just as the farm provides nourishment through programs and produce, so does a campus farm require nourishment in the form of funding, partnerships, and stakeholders. The New England Campus Farmer Summit convenes farm managers, students, food service industry professionals, activists, and educators to explore the role of campus farms on campus, within our communities, and in building a better food system.
2020 Theme: Nourishing Farms, Nourishing Students
The 2020 summit program will focus on the theme of nourishment. Attendees from around the region will gather to consider campus farms as living organisms, and enjoy opportunities to connect and learn about exciting and practical ways to nourish and be nourished by campus farms and our communities.
Co-hosted by Farm to Institution New England, Stonehill College, and the New England Farm & Sea to Campus Network, the summit gathers students, farmers, and instructors involved with campus farms and food systems, as well as campus farm partners and stakeholders such as school administrators, dining service staff, local for-profit farms, and organizations, agencies, and individuals that are working to nourish healthy students, campuses and food systems.