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  • Grants for Farm to School, Farmers & More

    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!

  • A Bounty to Share in Schools

    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

  • Institutional Markets Seek Local Food

    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.

  • New Resources from New York State Farm to School

    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.

  • Helping New York Farmers Meet Demand for Local Food in Schools, Hospitals and Institutions

    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.

  • National Farm to School Month, NY Campus Crunch & More

    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! 

  • Why Farm-to-Institution Sourcing is the Sleeping Giant of 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.

  • Gearing Up for Farm to School Activities in New York State

    August 10, 2016

    A new school year is quickly approaching! Catch up with the latest in farm to school and farm to pre-school in the FINYS August update.

  • Farm to Institution New York State Budget Update

    April 22, 2016

    Read about farm to school wins in the New York State budget and other exciting news for farm to institution in the state!

  • Locavores behind bars: DOCCS says convicts eating more NYS fare

    April 6, 2016

    “New York’s agriculture industry is an economic engine in communities across this state and through the Buy NY program, we are continuing to drive its growth and expand opportunity,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I am proud of this program’s success and we will continue to connect state institutions with local farmers and producers to showcase the very best of New York’s products and strengthen our agricultural economy.”