What is "farm to institution" and how does fresh, local food get from the farm field to the cafeteria?
Come along as we visit the morning deliveries at the Western New York Food Hub for Eden Valley Growers, watch students prepare and try kale apple salad at Hutch Tech High School, and check out Fenton Farms, a CSA farm and a grower for the food hub, selling food to Buffalo Public Schools and other institutions.
Learn how food hubs, distributors and farm to school programs work together to strengthen our local farm economy and feed kids fresh, healthy food grown in New York State.
Watch Connecting Farms to Institutions in New York State
Special thanks to Evan Zittel of Zittel & Sons Farm, Brian Haley and Keith Baskerville of Eden Valley Growers, Dave Walczak of Latina Boulevard Produce, Paul and Gail Fenton of Fenton Farms, Cheryl Thayer of Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest New York, Bridget O’ Brien Wood of Buffalo Public Schools, and Erica Goodman of American Farmland Trust for participation in this video.
Inspired to take action?
- Visit the Local Food Buyer Learning Center to learn how to start or grow a farm to school program!
This material is based upon work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under sub-award number ENE15-138-29994.
Photo credit: Josh Baldo Photography