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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February 16, 2017
The New York School Nutrition Association and New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets have selected three New York Farm to School programs for 2017 Farm to School Partnership Awards. Read more about the winners and their programs:
February 8, 2017
The first FINYS update of 2017 includes news about Farm to School in the New York State Budget, information about this year's Northeast Farm to School Institute, and an event for growers interested in selling to the Western NY Food Hub!
January 6, 2017
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County was recently awarded a $69,328 state grant to hire a farm to school coordinator to train staff in all districts on how to procure and use local crops in school meal programs. Read more in the Lockport Journal:
December 13, 2016
FINYS is pleased to end the year 2016 with this Update sharing exciting news for Farm to School, our OpEd in the Albany Times Union, and fresh grant opportunities for New York farmers to market their products in New York!
December 9, 2016
FINYS Coordinator Glenda Neff recently wrote to the Albany Times Union about how New York State is poised to become a national leader in the year ahead by putting the bounty of our local farms on school cafeteria menus, and providing schools with an incentive to buy locally. With New York schools spending nearly $850 million each year on food purchases, keeping these dollars in New York helps our farmers, feeds our children healthy food, and bolsters our state’s economy
November 22, 2016
Farm to Institution New York State Market Readiness workshops are designed to help farmers connect with institutional buyers such as schools, hospitals, child care, colleges and senior meal centers. Read about this program and local efforts in The Saratogian.
November 16, 2016
New information and resources are now available for New York Farm to School on the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets website, including a map of New York schools who participated in the USDA Farm to School Census and a local food procurement toolkit for food service directors.
October 20, 2016
As the Food Service Director for all five schools in Brockport Central School District (BCSD), Jim Liebow has a lot of mouths to feed – 3,600 of them to be precise. But Jim cares about more than getting food on the tray, he manages a robust farm to school program that aims to purchase food from New York farms as often as possible, all year round.
October 5, 2016
October's Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS) Update is filled to the brim with exciting events happening for New York schools, preschools and colleges connecting students with local food!
August 29, 2016
Strategists are following the money to schools, corporate cafeterias, and hospitals in hopes of rebuilding local economies and bringing healthy food access—literally in through the back door.