Economic impacts of farm to school webinar today

Little kids with fresh produce

Farm to school strives to strengthen the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings. Learn about the economic impacts of farm to school initiatives through a case study approach in a free webinar today from 10-11 a.m.

New report

This webinar is part of a wider effort to promote the release of an associated report “Economic Impacts of Farm to School: Case Studies and Assessment Tools,” a collaborative project of the National Farm to School Network and Colorado State University.

Key resources

Panelists will highlight the use of two key resources for conducting economic impact studies of food system initiatives (the USDA’s “The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices” and Cornell’s “A Practitioner’s Guide to Conducting and Economic Impact Assessment of Regional Food Hubs using IMPLAN: A Systematic Approach”) and their application to farm to school economic impact assessment. In addition, hear from the Food System Research Team from Colorado State University about continuing work to better understand the impacts of farm to school activities on food supply chains, educational programing, and household food purchases.

Webinar Panelists

  • Alessandro Bonnano – Associate Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics, Colorado State University
  • Libby Christensen – Postdoctoral Fellow, Agricultural & Resource Economics, Colorado State University
  • Erin Healy – Director, USDA, Office of Community Food Systems
  • Becca Jablonski – Assistant Professor and Extension Economist in Food Systems at Colorado State University
  • Anupama Joshi – Executive Director & Co-Founder, National Farm to School Network
  • Jeffery O’Hara – Agricultural Marketing Specialist, Local Food Research & Development, USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service
  • Todd Schmit – Associate Professor, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University
  • Dawn Thilmany McFadden – Professor, Agricultural & Resource Economics, Regional Economic Development Institute, Colorado State University

Register here

To register for the webinar, visit the registration page and submit your information.