Farm to Institution New England
Peter has worked with FINE since 2011, joining the initial organizing partners to promote a robust farm to institution network in New England. He brings over 30 years of project and program leadership in a wide array of non-profit, government and business settings. He got his start in food systems work by working as a farm to school coordinator at his son's school in Hartland, Vermont in 2007. He went on to found the Upper Valley Farm to School Network in 2008, to support existing and emerging farm to school programs in the Upper Valley Region of Vermont and New Hampshire, and continued as their ED until the summer of 2014 when he became FINE's fulltime Network Director and then Executive Director. Peter sits on the Network Leadership team of Food Solutions New England, and advisory committees of various state-level farm to school programs and the Valley Food and Farm program of Vital Communities. Prior experience includes serving as Branch Chief for Commercial Waste Reduction for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Senior Consultant for Eco-Logical Solutions, Inc., an innovative environmental consulting firm serving the hospitality industry, Special Project Coordinator at the Tufts Center for Environmental Management on their college and university environmental initiatives, and Political Director for the League of Conservation Voters in New Jersey. During non-office time he enjoys an array of outdoor activities including pedaling his bike around the Upper Valley, skiing the back country, and muddling in the garden. Peter has a BA in Philosophy from Drew University and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.