SPC Summer Institute Alumni Leanna Mulvihill is currently a student at Cornell Tech. She and her research partner Prasenjit are building a platform to connect farmers with institutional buyers like hospitals or schools. As part of their research comparing local vs. non-local food on price and food miles, they interviewed SPC Food Services Manager Donna Costa and Louis Sanchez, one of Donna's longtime suppliers of offsite produce.
"Our goal is to show that by buying directly from local farmers, buyers can save on both," explains Leanna. "We’re building an algorithm that matches farmers and buyers using some dummy data. Setting prices is tricky." They learned a lot for their research based on their interview with Donna and Louis.
Pictured, L-R: Donna, Leanna, Prasenjit, Louis