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.
Identify NYS Farm to School coordinators in your community or region and reach out to learn more about local initiatives.
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.
Materials and guidance for those involved in farm to school efforts including farmers, educators, distributors, vendors, school administrators, and nutrition professionals.
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