Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 New York State Farm to School Institute
The New York State Farm to School Institute is a year-long professional development opportunity for food service staff, educators, administrators, and community partners in New York schools to develop and refine their Farm to School programs, and to help bring more New York grown food into the cafeteria and classroom. This ongoing training and educational program will assist participating schools in creating successful Farm to School programs and connecting with farmers. Upon completion of the Institute, schools become alumni members of a NYS Farm to School Institute Network – continuing to share best practices and resources with others championing farm to school for years to come.
Our program offers a direct opportunity to improve the health of students and strengthen the agricultural economy by bringing farm fresh local foods into school cafeterias statewide. Key features of the NYS Farm to School Institute include:
- A two-day virtual kickoff retreat in August 2021
- Bi-monthly workshops for school teams
- A Farm to School action plan development and implementation award
- Coaching and peer networking for one year
- A celebratroy Spring 2022 gathering, COVID-19 permitting, in the Hudson Valley
New York State Farm to School Institute Application
School teams of 5-8 members from schools across New York State are encouraged to apply for the NYS Farm to School Institute.
All applications must be submitted by MARCH 15, 2021 for consideration.
If you would prefer to submit your application as a Word file, please email it to [email protected].
Contact the FINYS team at [email protected] or 518-581-0078 for additional information or further questions about FINYS or the NYS Farm to School Institute.
The New York State Farm to School Institute is a project of Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS), a collaborative initiative led by American Farmland Trust.