Network Governance and Leadership: Lessons Learned from the Douglas County Communities Putting Prevention to Work Farm to School Program

By A. Bryce Hoflund, Can Chen and Carol Ebdon.

Published by Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

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Farm to School programs are growing in popularity, but little is known about the administration and governance of these collaborative undertakings, particularly at their formative stages of implementation. This paper explores a number of issues associated with implementing the Farm to School program in Douglas County, NE as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant. Through interviews with key stakeholders, we shed some light on the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges associated with Farm to School programs. The findings will be of interest to both practitioners interested in implementing Farm to School programs and to scholars seeking to understand the governance and leadership of collaborative endeavors.

Keywords: Farm to School, Network Leadership, Network Governance, Collaboration

Food Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Volume 3, Issue 3, November 2014, pp.45-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 15, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 398.404KB)).

Dr. A. Bryce Hoflund

Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Can Chen

PhD Student, School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Dr. Carol Ebdon

Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska, USA