News & Events
Check out these events, news stories, opportunities and action alerts relating to the Farm to Institution movement in New York!
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June 1, 2017
Read about our new FINYS mission to strengthen the economic security of farmers and the health of New Yorkers by empowering institutions to spend at least 25% of their food budget on food grown in New York.
April 25, 2017
This month we're sharing good news for farm to school from the New York budget, recapping the first Market Readiness workshop for farmers, and announcing two New York schools accepted into the 2017 Farm to School Institute!
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.
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.
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:
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!
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:
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!
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
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.