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National Farm to Institution Metrics Collaborative Webinar Series: Local Food Procurement – Definitions are Pivotal

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 03:30 PM to 04:00 PM

Presenter: Dr. Lilian Brislen of the Food Connection at the University of Kentucky

In this webinar, Brislen will demonstrate the importance of identifying the 'what' and 'why' when establishing local food definitions and metrics. Drawing on six years of the University’s first private dining contract, Brislen will share strategies, metrics, and hard-won lessons in developing effective local procurement initiatives at public institutions.

Because of their large purchasing power and capacity to feed large segments of the population in relatively few locations, institutions have the opportunity to critically impact local economies and communities through local food purchasing. By accurately and reliably measuring these activities, local communities of all sizes can understand the large positive impacts that farm to institution purchasing can have. The National Farm to Institution (FTI) Metrics Collaborative develops and shares best practices for measuring these impacts. These 30-minute webinars are designed to provide a national audience of farm to institution practitioners, supporters, and advocates the tools they need to measure FTI efforts in a meaningful way.