Bobby J. Smith, who teaches Food Systems Seminars at Tompkins Cortland Community College, recently presented on his research about Farm to Hospital programs at TEDxCortland. In this talk he explores the supply chain relationship of locally produced fresh foods between hospitals or healthcare facilities and farms. This includes food that is incorporated into food service and patient meals as well as on site farmers markets. Smith’s research involves over 100 hospitals across the United States, as well as key informants from the programs operating at hospitals in Burlington Vermont, New Milford Connecticut and the Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca. In his TED talk, he stresses not only the benefits of Farm to Hospital programs for local food systems, but also the challenges of implementing such programs. The talk also focuses on the importance of Farm to Hospital programs for the economic development of the communities in which they reside. He is a great teacher, and we expect to have him back in the Fall to teach Food Systems Seminar I: Introduction to the U.S. Food System (ENVS 110).
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