National Farm to College Research Report
By Kristen Markley ~ October, 2002
About This Report
This report compliles research in 2002 conducted by the Community Food Security Coalition on Farm-to-College programs. CFSC interviewed organizers (usually faculty members or students), college/ university food service directors, and farmers and farmer owned cooperatives, involved with eighteen different farm to college projects around the country to determine the challenges, opportunities, and strategies for success of these projects. The report contains information on how these programs are started and operated, and recommendations for those interested in beginning their own programs.
Visit the Official Farm to College Website for continuing research, resources, and to provide information about the Farm to College program at your school.
- About This Report and the Programs Surveyed <<
- Processing Facilities, Staffing, and How Products are Incorporated
- Who is Involved, How Found Farmers, and Farmer Profitability
- Research, Funding, Related Projects, and Promotional Aspects
- Recommended Policies and Support, Barriers, Benefits, Recommended Strategies
About the Programs Surveyed
- The eighteen farm to college projects interviewed for this
research report were based at colleges or universities that
ranged in size from 800 students to 41,000 students.
- Most of the individuals involved in farm to college projects
were based at colleges or universities that consisted of a
liberal arts curriculum. One project was based at a natural
medicine college and seven projects were based at state colleges.
- A couple of the colleges and universities have been purchasing
locally since the inception of the food service on campus,
the rest ranged from one to twenty five years.
- All but four of the food service departments are self-managed
vs contract managed by an outside company. Outside companies
include: Bon Appetit and Chartwells.
- Most of the farmers interviewed had 30 acres or more in
- Most of the farmers interviewed have been farming for 20
years or more.
- Most farmers interviewed have sold to colleges for 6 years
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