New York Farm to School Institute

A comprehensive year-long learning opportunity for New York school teams to develop and refine their Farm to School programs, and help bring more New York grown foods into the cafeteria and the classroom.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2020 New York State Farm to School Institute 

The New York State Farm to School Institute provides support for participating schools that is tailored to New York’s unique landscape. School teams leave with enhanced technical knowledge and support on how to procure and prepare local foods, tools for community engagement, and classroom and culinary education. 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.

Watch the recording of our Informational Webinar Read the transcript of our Informational Webinar

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 three-day kickoff retreat June 1-4 at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY
  • Farm to School action plan development and implementation stipend
  • Coaching and peer networking for one year
  • A one-day mid-year gathering to assess progress and provide further support

New York State Farm to School Institute Application

School teams of 5 members from schools across New York State are encouraged to apply for the NYS Farm to School Institute. 

Thanks to the generous support of our funders, we are able to provide year-long Institute programming to school teams at a reduced rate of $300 per school team. We want to encourage participation from all schools across New York, and are working to make the Institute accessible to all by offering scholarships for potential applicants. Please contact us directly for information on how to apply for a scholarship.

Applications can be submitted via our online form or via email to [email protected]

To review the application questions before submitting your form, or to submit your application via email, please see our NYS Farm to School Institute Application Document.

All applications must be submitted by 5:00pm ET on TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020 for consideration. 


If you have any questions or would like more information, please see our flyer or Frequently Asked Questions

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.