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  • Event Opens Up Doors for Farm Sales to Institutions

    March 30, 2017

    Partnerships developed by Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS) are allowing farmers to learn about the expanding opportunities for selling their locally grown and produced foods to local institutions, as in school districts, hospitals and daycare centers.

  • Farm to School Partnership Awards, Upcoming Workshops for Farmers

    February 20, 2017

    February's FINYS Update celebrates New York farm to school partnerships and shares upcoming events for farmers interested in selling food to schools, hospitals, colleges and other institutions.

  • New York Farm to School Partnership Awards

    February 16, 2017

    The New York School Nutrition Association and New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets have selected three New York Farm to School programs for 2017 Farm to School Partnership Awards. Read more about the winners and their programs:

  • News from the Budget, Upcoming Events for School Districts & Growers

    February 8, 2017

    The first FINYS update of 2017 includes news about Farm to School in the New York State Budget, information about this year's Northeast Farm to School Institute, and an event for growers interested in selling to the Western NY Food Hub!

  • Niagara County Farm to School Project Encourages Kids to Eat Fresh Foods

    January 6, 2017

    Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County was recently awarded a $69,328 state grant to hire a farm to school coordinator to train staff in all districts on how to procure and use local crops in school meal programs. Read more in the Lockport Journal:

  • Grants for Farm to School, Farmers & More

    December 13, 2016

    FINYS is pleased to end the year 2016 with this Update sharing exciting news for Farm to School, our OpEd in the Albany Times Union, and fresh grant opportunities for New York farmers to market their products in New York!

  • A Bounty to Share in Schools

    December 9, 2016

    FINYS Coordinator Glenda Neff recently wrote to the Albany Times Union about how New York State is poised to become a national leader in the year ahead by putting the bounty of our local farms on school cafeteria menus, and providing schools with an incentive to buy locally. With New York schools spending nearly $850 million each year on food purchases, keeping these dollars in New York helps our farmers, feeds our children healthy food, and bolsters our state’s economy

  • Institutional Markets Seek Local Food

    November 22, 2016

    Farm to Institution New York State Market Readiness workshops are designed to help farmers connect with institutional buyers such as schools, hospitals, child care, colleges and senior meal centers. Read about this program and local efforts in The Saratogian.

  • New Resources from New York State Farm to School

    November 16, 2016

    New information and resources are now available for New York Farm to School on the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets website, including a map of New York schools who participated in the USDA Farm to School Census and a local food procurement toolkit for food service directors.

  • Helping New York Farmers Meet Demand for Local Food in Schools, Hospitals and Institutions

    October 20, 2016

    As the Food Service Director for all five schools in Brockport Central School District (BCSD), Jim Liebow has a lot of mouths to feed – 3,600 of them to be precise. But Jim cares about more than getting food on the tray, he manages a robust farm to school program that aims to purchase food from New York farms as often as possible, all year round.