The CFN Webinar Series

The CFN offers webinars on high priority food system and network development topics to share innovative approaches, key findings, & lessons learned in order to reduce duplication, leverage knowledge, & grow our collective capacity. Some webinars are followed by regionally-focused videoconferences so you can dig in deeper from the comfort of your office or home.


If you have ideas for a webinar you’d like to host or attend, please fill out the form below.

One strategy to increase institutional access to local and sustainable foods is to ensure your desire for these items is integrated into any contract with food service vendors. This approach sets clear expectations and enables vendors to function as partners with institutions in meeting their food procurement goals. This webinar will include examples of contract language used with food service management companies and other vendors.

Are you a representative from a food service, contract management, or sustainability department that wants to purchase local food for your institution? Gather your team and join us to hear examples of contract language that is being used to increase access to local and sustainable foods.

Are you a farmer, producer, or local food hub who is ready to market directly to institutions like schools and hospitals? Pop in your ear buds and gain valuable insight to institutional contract language.

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. FTI facilitates learning, connection, and action that supports farm to institution efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Recent FTI Webinars:

Presenter Bios

Jen Brady is a Registered Dietitian by trade and the Associate Director of Benefits and Wellness at Penn Medicine. Jen responsible for the strategy, execution and management of well-being initiatives across the organization. Additionally she is responsible for the administration of health and welfare benefits for Penn Medicine employees. 

Aron Berman is the Assistant Executive Director at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Aron has oversight for Food and Nutrition Services, Environmental Services, Materials Management, and Patient Transportation.

Jennifer Obadia brings 15 years of sustainable food systems advocacy with her to Health Care Without Harm.  Prior to joining the team in 2014 Jen farmed, managed the Boston Bounty Bucks SNAP incentive program, and served as adjunct faculty at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She has a PhD in Nutrition and a BA in creative writing.  When she is not working Jen spends much of her time trying to convince her son that vegetables taste good.

Jon E. Utech is the Senior Director of the Office for a Healthy Environment at the Cleveland Clinic, where he develops sustainability strategies to emphasis the triple bottom line. Jon directs the Clinic’s sustainability program covering energy demand reduction, recycling, LEED, climate resilience, sustainable food, green supply chain, water reduction, engagement and reporting.  Jon leads the organization’s climate action which includes climate resilience planning, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Jon works with local food systems, chairing a committee that oversees farmer’s markets, working with vendors to source more local and sustainable food and educate caregivers and the community on benefits of sustainable food systems. Jon serves on the Healthcare Sector Steering committee for the Better Building Challenge, on the board of the  2030 District and Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and works with EPA on its Energy Star program. Jon’s team works to engage Cleveland Clinic caregivers and the community in this effort to support the overall goal of linking environmental health and human health to make our world healthier. Jon earned an MBA and MPOD from CWRU and a BA in History from Dartmouth College. Jon was honored with the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare – Word Edition Award in November, 2017.  

Participatory Grantmaking Journey

The Chesapeake Foodshed Network invites you to join us on a Participatory Grantmaking Journey. The Journey provides an opportunity to engage in transformational learning and build a new culture around funding in the food system.

Participatory grantmaking & shared gifting circles are mechanisms to shift power, include community in decision-making, & increase collaboration, solidarity and accountability.

The CFN will host a three-part participatory grantmaking series, which culminates in a true shared gifting event. The three parts of the Journey are intended to build on one another but can stand alone. Funders, community members, Network leadership, and potential grant applicants are invited to participate. Everyone is welcome!

Shared Gifting Event – Winter 2020
Participatory Grantmaking Journey (Part 3)

Using new skills gained from the Simulation, CFN will offer an opportunity for the Network, funders, and others to participate in a true shared gifting event.

Calling all funders and donors!  Join the CFN and the New England Grassroots Environment Fund in contributing funding to support the shared gifting event. Click here to request more info and to let us know of your interest. 

More details coming soon, including how to be a fund seeker!

4 Biases in Decision Making
Participatory Grantmaking Journey (Part 1)


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Shared Gifting Simulation
Participatory Grantmaking Journey (Part 2)

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“This was a great webinar with some great new ideas! I have sat in on many many webinars and usually it is a lot of ideas I have heard or are already using. There were really good, unique things happening here and I was thrilled to hear about them.”
– Webinar Participant, “Learning the ABC’s of Farm2Childcare”