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Chesapeake Farm to Institution Work Group | Chesapeake Foodshed Network

Chesapeake Farm to Institution Work Group

The Chesapeake Farm to Institution Work Group (FTI) is a collaborative effort between the Chesapeake Foodshed Network, Health Care Without Harm and Grow With the Flow, LLC. Stakeholders representing Farm to Institution initiatives across the region focus on regional challenges & solutions.

Purpose:  To facilitate learning, connection, and action that supports farm to institution education, action and efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Come to the table! All are welcome!


Interim Co-chairs: Kristen Markley, Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator for Healthy Food in Health Care at Health Care Without Harm and Patti Miller, Grow with the Flow: a Local Food Systems Development: Advocate, Consultant, and Facilitator (click on the name to email Kristen or Patti questions, ideas, and agenda items).

Facilitated by: Christy Gabbard, Local Concepts, LLC & Chesapeake Foodshed Network (click on the name to email Christy with questions, ideas, and agenda items)

Join the Farm to Institution Google Group by emailing chesapeake-farm-to-institution+subscribe@googlegroups.com.

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Learn more about Farm to Institution initiatives, efforts and education in the Chesapeake Bay. Share information with other participants via the Farm to Institution Google Group See what the Work Group has been up to, view resources, check out past meeting agendas & minutes in the F2I Google Drive folder & join the next meeting!


Connect with the FTI Work Group at quarterly meetings & identify alignment across the region. The FTI Work Group uses Zoom video conferencing to facilitates virtual face-to-face meetings across the Chesapeake Bay watershed. If you have a video camera on your computer, you are encouraged to try joining by video. It’s new for most of us! You are also welcome to join by computer audio or phone.


Act with the FTI Work group as participants agree on regional needs & priorities around farm to institution. The Work Group leverages participant interests, experience, & connections to bring in topical experts, host educational webinars, & work toward further collective action.

Kristen is the Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator for the Healthy Food in Health Care program of Health Care Without Harm. She provides resources and peer to peer sharing opportunities throughout the Mid-Atlantic States for facilities in the health care sector who are interested in supporting regional, equitable, and sustainable food systems. For eleven years, she was the National Farm to Institution Program Manager for the Community Food Security Coalition. She is a former vegetable farmer and has a deep understanding of the challenges of managing a successful farm operation.

Kristen Markley


Patti Miller is a food systems consultant working in central Appalachia to chart a new path for West Virginia’s food economy. She uses her skills and experience in finance, real estate, restaurant ownership and management, advocacy, and group facilitation to help communities around the region communicate, share knowledge, access resources, and succeed. For more than a decade, Patti has developed valuable relationships with farmers, institutions, civic organizations, non-profits, and others as agitator, instigator, volunteer, advocate, and facilitator.

Patti Miller

Food Systems Consultant, Grow With the Flow Consulting

The Farm to Institution Work Group plans and hosts webinars throughout the year.  Check them out.

Mid Atlantic Food Hubs Video Conference July 2018

Watch Video

“Food Safety for Mid-Atlantic Producers and Food Processors” PART 1 – April 2018

An introduction to regional food safety laws impacting fruit and vegetable farmers, food hubs, and distributors.

View in Webinar Archive

“Food Safety for Mid-Atlantic Producers and Food Processors” PART 2 – April 2018

Explore how local government, extension services, food hubs, and nonprofits have been working with farmers to help them obtain required certification.

View in Webinar Archive

“Farm-to-Hospital” June 2017

 Check out the webinar to see how it relates to your state!

To access the presentation slide decks click here 

For presenters bios: click here

For related resources and polls click here 




“Moving Toward Local Scratch-Cooked School Food” Feb. 2017 

For presenters bios click here 

For slides click here

For related resources click here 





“Farm to Institution Focus on Equity and Impact” Sept. 2016

For presenters bios click here

Additional resources, such as the 2015 Report and Farm to Institution Brief 




“Learning the ABCs of Farm2Childcare” Aug. 2016 

For presenter’s bios click here 

For slides click here

For additional resources click here 


“Regional Farm to Institution Insights: Learnings from Stakeholders Across the Value Chain” June 2016

For presenter’s bios click here For slides click here  For additional resources click here