Farm to School in New York State

In New York State, a cross-disciplinary team of Extension associates, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educators, and partners from NYS agencies work together to create better cohesion of farm to school programming across the state. As part of a CCE Program Work Team, farm to school coordinators collaborate and share resources to strengthen and support programming. The program work team is co-chaired by Cheryl Bilinski, Agricultural Economic Development Specialist, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Moira Tidball, Nutrition Issue Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension Seneca County.  

Farm to school programs in schools and early care and education sites engage young people in hands-on learning and connect families to fresh, healthy local food. Farm to school also empowers school nutrition professionals to source and promote healthy, local food on school meal menus. Program design differs by location but may include procuring and promoting local foods, cultivating school gardens, and engaging students in agriculture, food, health, and nutrition education.

Get Involved

Student picking up pre-plated greens in school lunch line

Identify NYS Farm to School coordinators in your community or region and reach out to learn more about local initiatives.

Three students hold hands walking through barn

Join a cross-disciplinary team of Extension associates, CCE educators, and partners from NYS agencies who work together to create better cohesion of farm to school programming across the state.

Middle school students picking strawberries

Materials and guidance for those involved in farm to school efforts including farmers, educators, distributors, vendors, school administrators, and nutrition professionals.

Quarterly

NYS Farm to School Webinars

The CCE NYS Farm to School Program Work Team hosts educational webinars for the farm to school community. Recent topics include: 

Farm to School sign on cafeteria wall

Stories and Events

Becky handing out stickers to a room full of children

Field Note

Meet Becky O'Connor: Connecting NYS schools and local food producers
What kind of education or experience has prepared you for working with farm to school?  In the summer of 2010, I was preparing to begin a Master of Science program in nutrition and dietetics to become a Registered Dietician Nutritionist. I...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Health + Nutrition
Cheryl Bilinski

Field Note

Can you share a quote or saying that reflects the work you do?  Novelist and farmer Wendell E. Berry said, “Eating is an agricultural act.” This quote means different things to different people, but to me, it aptly and succinctly reinforces the...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Health + Nutrition
Julie Raway picking greens in a large garden

Field Note

Julie Raway is a registered dietitian with Broome Tioga BOCES Food Services, a farm to school chair of the New York School Nutrition Association, and a leader of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm to School Program Work Team.
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Agriculture
  • Health + Nutrition