Farm to Hospital Presentation by TC3 Food Systems Instructor

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).

Bobby J. Smith, II is a PhD student in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and SUNY Diversity fellow at Cornell University. Bobby graduated summa cum laude from Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, studying Agricultural Economics in 2011, and a Master of Science degree in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 2013. His current research interests involve the interplay between agriculture, applied econometrics, and public policy analysis. His research on Farm-to-Hospital programs was recently published in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review and won first place at the 2013 National Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) conference in Sacramento, CA. He has also been a guest lecturer in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education at Ithaca College and for the Cornell McNair Scholars Program and is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc

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