Using a Supply Chain Analysis To Assess the Sustainability of Farm-to-Institution Programs

  • Gail Feenstra University of California, Davis
  • Patricia Allen University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Shermain Hardesty University of California, Davis
  • Jeri Ohmart University of California, Davis
  • Jan Perez University of California, Santa Cruz
Keywords: Farm-To-Institution, Local Food, Supply Chain, Sustainability, Values-Based Supply Chain

Abstract

Interest in local and sustainable food among colleges and universities has risen considerably in the last decade. This study focuses on how to foster farm-to-institution programs by exploring barriers, opportunities, and potential solutions from different perspectives in the supply chain. We use a values-based supply chain approach to see what unique insights can be offered to people developing and maintaining these programs. Three research methods — a national survey of college students, a survey of institutional food service buyers in California, and in-depth interviews of people in the California distribution system, including farmers, distributors, and food service buyers — are used to collect data and perspectives from throughout the supply chain. Using the concepts from supply chain literature of product flows, financial flows, and information flows, we highlight key insights for various participants in the supply chain. Strengthening information flows and building relationships that allow all parties to build trust over time emerged as one of the most important elements in the success of these values-based supply chains. Educational institutions and the media can support these chains by becoming the vehicles for ongoing exchange of information among supply chain partners and the public.

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Author Biographies

Gail Feenstra, University of California, Davis
Gail Feenstra, Agricultural Sustainability Institute/Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, 1 Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 USA; +1-530-752-8408.
Patricia Allen, University of California, Santa Cruz
Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 USA.
Shermain Hardesty, University of California, Davis
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 1 Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 USA.
Jeri Ohmart, University of California, Davis
Agricultural Sustainability Institute/Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, 1 Shields Avenue, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 USA.
Jan Perez, University of California, Santa Cruz
Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 USA.
Published
2011-07-15
How to Cite
Feenstra, G., Allen, P., Hardesty, S., Ohmart, J., & Perez, J. (2011). Using a Supply Chain Analysis To Assess the Sustainability of Farm-to-Institution Programs. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 1(4), 69-84. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2011.014.009
Section
Food Value Chains Call Papers