Farm to Institution
In late 2011 and through 2012 SEMAP piloted the Farm to Institution program, which began the comprehensive development of a wholesale market for local food in our region. The pilot identified and addressed the issues of distribution, liability insurance and payment infrastructure through a partnership with FoodEx, a for-profit start-up. We worked with a group of six farmers and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. In 2013, we will continue to pilot the program and expand it with SouthCoast Hospitals and new growers.
2012 Pilot Outcomes:
- Total Sales in 2012: $73,828 worth of local produce sales to MA universities
- Total Pounds of Produce Sold: 89,305 pounds
- Participating Farms : 6 Southeastern MA farms, vetted by SEMAP, sold product to Chartwells through FoodEx
- Expanded Foodshed: 3 of the participating farms increased their previous year’s acreage (a total of 13.75 acres) to specifically meet Chartwell’s demand
- Increase in Production: Estimated at 144,000 lbs of new product
- Equipment Purchases: 2 farms purchased tractors (est. valued of $57,000+)
- Jobs: 2 farms increased their labor to meet this demand. Farm A added 4 part-time/seasonal positions; Farm B increased two part-time positions to full-time and year round status, and added 1 additional part-time/seasonal position.