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  • Cabbage in the Classroom at Newcomb Central School

    October 8, 2019

    For Newcomb Central School’s January Harvest of the Month feature on cabbage, Food Service Director Dave Hughes collaborated with Meghan Brooks of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County to bring cabbage into the classroom with a lesson on the production process behind sauerkraut.

  • Following Summer Institute, Schools Ready to Bring More New York Grown Food to the Cafeteria

    October 2, 2019

    As the school year begins in New York, six teams representing nine New York state school districts are ramping up their farm to school programs following the launch of the New York State Farm to School Institute with American Farmland Trust and FINYS.

  • Record-breaking USDA Farm to School Funding, Schools Selected for NYS Farm to School Institute, and more!

    August 1, 2019

    NYS Farm to School Institute, USDA Farm to School Grants, the Farm to School Act of 2019, and more in the FINYS July Update!

  • 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.