Colleen Matts

Farm to Institution Specialist

Colleen Matts

Colleen works throughout Michigan to cultivate local food purchasing programs at institutions like schools, colleges, universities, and hospitals by linking farm to institution partners, developing and sharing resources, and providing technical assistance and policy support. She is the Michigan state lead for the National Farm to School Network and co-lead of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network and its local food purchasing campaign, Cultivate Michigan. Colleen has an MS in Agriculture, Food, and Environment with a specialization in community development from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and joined the CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems, now CRFS, in 2007.

Our Work




  • Farm to Early Child Care Mini Webinar Series

    November 28, 2016

    Farm to Early Care and Education centers around buying and using fresh, local foods in early childcare and education programs. This webinar series will cover a variety of topics in short webinar format.

  • Regional Farm to School Trainings

    September 20, 2016

    Attend one of three regional trainings to learn about farm to school, identify next steps for increasing local purchasing, and connect with farm to school champions and innovators from throughout your region.