EDUCATION & RESOURCES

Tory Hill Continues to Support Local Farms and Communities

In the spring of 2020 while students were studying remotely and supply chains were disrupted, Tory Hill, the food service provider for The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, was faced with the challenging situation of having purchasing commitments supporting their whole animal program through the remainder of the school year, with a significantly smaller on-campus population to feed.

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GRASS FED BEEF: The Benefits of Grass Fed Beef

Grass fed beef contains higher amounts of vitamins and minerals. Compared with grain-fed beef, grass-fed is much higher in Vitamin A & Vitamin E, as well as beta carotene.

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HERITAGE CHICKEN: Heritage Farming vs. Commercial Farming

A Heritage Egg can only be produced by an American Poultry Association Standard breed. A Heritage Chicken is hatched from a heritage egg sired by an American Poultry Association Standard breed established prior to the mid-20th century,
is slow growing, naturally mated with a long productive outdoor life.

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PASTURED PORK: Pastured Pork vs. Factory Farming

Pastured Pork contains a significantly better ratio of Omega-3 fatty-acids and antioxidants. Their high quality fat also contains high amounts of vitamin D & vitamin A.

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WHY WILD CAUGHT SALMON: The Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon We Eat at Hotchkiss

Wild Alaskan Salmon is healthier, less resource intense, and better for both the planet and the person. Wild salmon is higher in minerals, including potassium, zinc and iron. It also contains less fat, making wild caught salmon nutritionally superior to farmed salmon.

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AQUACULTURE: The Steelhead Trout We Eat at Hotchkiss

Aquaculture, also known as aquafarming, is the farming of fish, crustaceans, mollusks, aquatic plants, and other organisms.
Aquaculture involves cultivating freshwater and saltwater populations under controlled conditions, and can be contrasted with with open water fish farming.

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CT Grown for CT Kids

CT Grown for CT Kids enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education sites.

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CT Farm to School Collaborative

The Connecticut Farm to School Collaborative is currently embarking on an action planning project for farm to school in the state - meaning, we're looking to gain consensus around the direction we're all headed in this complex web of work. We're coming together to find effective solutions to the systemic issues facing our children, our farmers, and our communities at large.

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Article: Hotchkiss Dining Cultivates a Local Sourcing Model

On the first day of their high school career at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., members of the incoming freshman class dig in – literally – to the school’s holistic approach to educating students about the food system.

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Kendall Foundation Grant: Whole Animal Program

The goal of the Whole Animals for the Whole Region project is to increase direct purchase of beef and pork from farmers in New England by establishing the infrastructure and systems needed to purchase whole animals as opposed to individualized cuts, which can cost a farmer valuable processing time and storage space. By processing and storing in large volumes, the slaughter and processing of ingredients can occur during slower periods for small businesses allowing them to maximize their capacity.

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Campus Food Shift

The Farm to Institution New England (FINE) team is thrilled to announce the launch of Campus FoodShift, an innovative new initiative that has been developed to create change one institution at a time. Through Campus FoodShift, FINE and partners will provide support to a limited number of campuses each year, helping them to (1) increase the amount of local food they procure, (2) build informed and active campus communities committed to strong local food programs, and (3) participate in a vibrant, region-wide cohort of other campuses committed to building strong local food programs.

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FINE: Farm and Sea to Campus Network

The New England Farm and Sea to Campus Network is a community of higher education and food systems stakeholders who connect, share, and collaborate to develop transparent regional supply chains and educate campus communities about regional food systems.

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FFARM
Hotchkiss School Farm
Lakeville, CT

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Beef
Whippoorwill Farm
Salisbury, CT

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Lamb
Herondale Farm
Ancramdale, NY

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Pork
Howling Flats Farm
North Canaan, CT

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Cheese
Miracle Springs Farm
Ancram, NY

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Maple Syrup
Ioka Valley Farm
Hancock, MA

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Miso
Go-En Fermented Foods
Whitefield, ME

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Eggs
Feather Ridge Farm
Elizaville, NY

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Grain
Maine Grains
Skowhegan, ME

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Dairy
Ronnybrook Farm Dairy
Ancramdale, NY

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Poultry
La Belle Farm
Ferndale, NY

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Fish
Hudson Valley Fisheries
Hudson, NY

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