New Shared Metrics for Farm to Institution Tracking of Farm Impact
The final set of metrics include:
- Business type: Type and Location of Business that produced the FINAL PRODUCT
- Ownership: Is the business woman or minority-owned?
- Farm impact: Percentage of the item that consisted of ingredients sourced from farm(s) within the local region
- Farm identity: Does the item contain any local farm sourced ingredients that are identity-preserved (can be traced back to the original farm)?
- Product type: What is the food category?
- Market Channel: How was the item purchased?
These metrics are particularly important to the farm to school sector as they create opportunity to connect schools to the broader farm to institution movement, motivate and encourage districts to set benchmarks and goals around local purchasing, and will provide important data to influence future local foods and farm to school supportive policy.
Learn more about the National Farm to Institution Metrics Collaborative, the farm impact metrics, and how you can get involved here. Interested in applying the metrics to your institution's tracking of local food purchases? Contact Lacy Stephens, NFSN Senior Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!