ITHACA, N.Y. — New to farm to school programing or looking to increase locally grown and produced food in your school? The newly released New York State Farm to School website hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) provides a curated repository of resources and collaboration opportunities designed to help you:
- Connect with farm to school coordinators in your area
- Explore resources for finding and buying local foods, meeting the state’s 30% farm to school initiative, planning and developing educational programming and menus, and for marketing your farm to school program
- Join the New York State Farm to School Program Work Team hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension
- Read stories about the people and efforts championing farm to school
As New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said last month, New York farm to school leads the nation in making healthy food readily available to students. As we move forward from the COVID-19 pandemic, farm to school programs will continue to expand and continue nourishing young people while supporting local economies. This new site, maintained and updated regularly by CCE’s NYS Farm to School Program Work Team, is not only a resource hub, but also offers opportunities for those involved in farm to school programming to connect with the growing network of farm to school coordinators across the state.
The NYS Farm to School Program Work Team is co-chaired by Cheryl Bilinski, agriculture economic development specialist and farm to school regional program lead with CCE Harvest NY, and Moira Tidball, farm to school coordinator and nutrition issue leader with CCE Seneca County. Becky O’Connor (CCE Harvest NY), Julie Raway (Broome Tioga BOCES, New York School Nutrition Association), Stephanie Hsu (Farm to Institution New York State) and Victoria Giarratano provide leadership for the team.
Bookmark farmtoschoolny.com for quick access.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension
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