Farm to Institution Research Papers & Reports

The following reserach materials for institutional buyers are available:

  • Scaling Up Vermont’s Local Food Production, Distribution, and Marketing (Please note: full report, plus multiple appendixes below)– NOFA-VT, as a partner in VT FEED, has conducted a statewide survey and analysis of institutional demand and supply chain infrastructure for local produce and eggs. The results of this research are in this report, which will provide producers with quantifiable information for scaling up production for institutions as well as information about the current challenges and opportunities in institutional supply-chain infrastructure.
  • How to Develop a Local & Regional Institutional Food Buying Program  This research with David Conner and Florence Becot from UVM was conducted as part of NOFA VT’s Farm to Institution work. It summarizes research about how institutions make purchasing decisions and outlines other national systematic procurement or tiered purchasing models. 
  • The Case for Values-Based Tiered Buying Systems for Institutions & Wholesale Buyers – This is a paper in which we outlined the research, our observations, and suggestions for establishing values-based buying systems that institutions could develop to further their local and regional procurement programs.

Questions? Contact Abbie at abbie@nofavt.org