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  • Grape-to-School Pilot Program Brings Concord Grape Juice to New York Schools

    May 22, 2019

    Earlier this month, American Farmland Trust, as part of the collaborative initiative Farm to Institution New York State, joined students, teachers, and other staff at Armor Elementary School in Hamburg Central School District for a special New York Thursdays lunch. Hamburg is one of ten school districts across the state featuring a taste test of New York State Grown & Certified Concord Grape Juice this spring as part of the Grape-to-School Pilot Program.

  • Grape News for New York Schools!

    May 21, 2019

    Grape-to-School Pilot Program launches across New York schools, New York Farm to School webinar, career opportunities, and more in the FINYS May Update!

  • Buffalo's Board of Education Awards Food Bids to Local Farmers and Small Food Producers

    April 24, 2019

    Buffalo Public Schools takes major leap in increasing purchasing of New York grown food to feed over 30,000 students, awarding $1,113,537 to food-related bids to local farmers and small food producers.

  • Farm to School Institute New York Teams Gather in the Hudson Valley

    December 19, 2018

    Following the Northeast Farm to School Institute, four New York school teams gathered in the Hudson Valley to share progress on their action plans and tour the Hudson Valley Farm Hub with FINYS.

  • [Video] Connecting Farms to Institutions in New York State

    December 11, 2018

    What is "farm to institution" and how does fresh, local food get from the farm field to the cafeteria? Watch our video to learn how farmers surrounding the Buffalo, NY region are able to tap into institutional markets like Buffalo Public Schools!

  • Celebrating Farm to School Month, Meet the New Faces of FINYS

    November 5, 2018

    October was an action-packed month for Farm to School and local New York State foods! Schools across the state highlighted farm-fresh foods in their cafeterias, focusing on seasonal autumn produce such as squash, apples, and kale. FINYS is also pleased to introduce several new Leadership Team members, and our new FINYS manager!

  • Apply to Join the FINYS Leadership Team!

    April 3, 2018

    American Farmland Trust invites applications to join the FINYS Leadership Team, a dynamic group of leaders in agriculture and food, public health and nutrition, economic development and other fields committed to scaling up the farm to institution movement in New York. We welcome individuals with a wide-range of backgrounds, perspectives and sectors. Deadline to apply is April 23, 2018.

  • Statewide Coalition Applauds Historic Commitment in State Budget to Increasing Healthy Food Grown on New York Farms and Served in K-12 Schools

    April 2, 2018

    New York Grown Food for New York Kids, a statewide coalition of school, farm, food, public health, anti-hunger and environmental organizations, applauds Governor Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly for a historic commitment to bringing more healthy food grown in New York into K-12 schools.

  • New York Attends the Northeast Farm to School Institute

    August 23, 2017

    New York was well-represented at the 2017 Northeast Farm to School Institute with FINYS, Saranac Lake School District, and Johnson City School District in attendance. Read about the institute and lessons we can bring back to New York.

  • June News: New Resources for Finding Food Safety & GAP Certified Farms

    June 27, 2017

    Learn about new resources available to find Food Safety and GAP Certified farms in New York and join us in congratulating the 2017 USDA Farm to School Grant Awardees.