For Producers & Marketers

Survey Report IMAGEFarm-to-Institution: A Producer Perspective

In 2014-15, SFA, along with Renewing the Countryside, collaborated on a project led by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, “Building Minnesota’s Farm-to-Institution Markets: A Producer Survey.” The goal of the survey was to determine the resources Minnesota growers — specifically specialty crop growers — need to engage with institutional markets in a consistent and economically viable manner. It also identifies some of the key “next steps” that farmers feel are needed to ensure the state’s emerging farm-to-institution markets work for them.

Project leader Pete Huff published a final comprehensive report from this project that includes a wealth of data and producer comments on this issue.

To learn more about the project and access the report, click here. 

To simply download the report, click here.

Note to SFA pork producers

Sustainable pork producers can benefit from listing in the National Pork Board’s Niche Pork Directory. This searchable database allows consumers to connect with farmers who share their sustainability concerns.

To be listed, download and fill out this form and email to gro.k1438169310rop@t1438169310telli1438169310WL1438169310 or print and mail to: National Pork Board, Attn: Linda Willett, 1776 NW 114th St, Des Moines, Iowa 50325

Other resources


An organization called The Noun Project, in collaboration with Mother Jones Magazine, has created a set of digital icons, or “emoji,” for sustainable farmers. These icons are in the public domain and are free to use by anyone for any purpose.

To view and download the icons, click here.

Farm emoji