News from the Budget, Upcoming Events for School Districts & Growers

February 8, 2017

Promising Budget News for New York Farm to School

We are glad to see that Governor Cuomo's proposed Executive Budget expands the NY Farm to School grant program, bringing it up to $750,000! Read American Farmland Trust's full press statement

This will provide more support for farm to school projects like Niagara County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s work with school district staff on how to procure and use local crops in school meal programs.

The budget also proposes new funding of $300,000 for New York Agriculture in the Classroom to expand in-school programs that teach young children about eating healthy, fresh foods.

Applications for Northeast Farm to School Institute due March 9th

The Northeast Farm to School Institute is a unique year-long professional learning opportunity organized by VT FEED and the National Farm to School Network for 12 school teams from New England and New York. The year-long Institute kicks off with a Summer Retreat held at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, VT from June 27-29, 2017. Applications are due March 9th and are open to New York school districts! 

During the Summer Retreat, participants will develop a comprehensive school-wide Farm to School Action Plan that includes curriculum, local procurement, utilizing outdoor learning spaces, and cultivating family and community connections. Learn more and apply here.

Western New York Food Hub Grower Meeting February 23rd

Attention, growers! Learn how the Western NY Food Hub, operated by Eden Valley Growers, can help you reach wholesale markets, including distributors who sell to schools and institutions. Come to an informational meeting on Thursday February 23rd. Learn more and RSVP here.