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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May 1, 2020
A note from Stephanie Hsu reflecting on the unprecedented challenges COVID-19 has created for our schools and food systems, the continued importance of eating locally and examples of resiliency.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!