What is the Massachusetts Farm to School Network?
The Network will offer learning opportunities and improve communication between farm to school practitioners, highlighting and sharing challenges and best practices for the rich diversity of farm to school activities in our state. The Network will help us find the resources and connections we need to create integrated farm to school programs: programs that bridge the cafeteria, classroom, and community environments.
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Massachusetts Farm to School Network Leadership Team
The Leadership Team is made up of 12 individuals from different regions of the state who represent a diversity of roles within the farm to school movement. Read below for more information about the Network’s history and roles and responsibilities of leadership team members. Click here to see a list of team members and bios.
Farm to School Network History
The idea for a statewide farm to school Network has been percolating for several years. Mass. Farm to School has been providing some Network functions, such as a regular conference and communications, but has not yet supported a formal network structure. In 2015 Mass. Farm to School carried out a strategic planning process involving a diversity of individuals from different roles within the Massachusetts food system. This process identified the need for a strong, statewide network in order to grow and diversify the farm to school movement in Massachusetts. Partners throughout the state have advocated for this network and the time is now right to create a more structured farm to school Network that can help advance farm to school efforts across the Commonwealth.
Leadership Team Roles and Responsibilities
Farm to School Network leadership team members will help facilitate the Massachusetts Farm to School Network, providing strategic guidance to the network and serving as the overarching decision-making body for the Network.
Leadership Team Members will:
- Play a hands-on role in determining the network’s direction, including policies, membership structure, communication platforms and working groups
- Create an open environment in which others can engage with the network
- Actively promote the Mass. Farm to School Network to colleagues and constituents
- Maintain open and productive communication with working group leaders to ensure network goals (as established by the Leadership Team) are being achieved
- Communicate via email with the other leadership team members and working group leaders
- Prepare for and actively participate in six to eight leadership team calls throughout the course of the year and additional ad hoc meetings as needed
- Participate in one or two in-person meetings with the leadership team per year
- Participate in at least one network working group
- Bring unique professional expertise to the committee
- Commit to serve a minimum term of one year with renewal of terms determined by the Network Leadership Team Recruitment Subcommittee.
- Dedicate approximately 2 – 3 hours per month to meetings/calls, review of materials and other engagement activities
- Commit to identify a colleague to serve as your designee for phone calls and meetings in the event that you cannot participate