I'm looking for examples around the country of ways that institutions
(schools, hospitals, corporations, prisons, etc.) have worked to support
local farmers, especially those who are using farming methods that
minimize negative environmental effects. I'd especially like
documentation of cost-savings, or other quantifiable benefits (although
the non-quantifiable benefits may be most important). Information about
arrangements that dispose of some institutional solid waste through
local agriculture would also be useful.
I'm also interested in state or city policies that encourage institutions
to buy prefentially from local growers, or from growers who use safer
growing methods than the conventional methods in your area.
Molly D. Anderson
Director, Degree Program in Agriculture, Food and Environment
Tufts University School of Nutrition
Medford, MA 02155