NYFTSI Testimonials

“[The Institute] helped keep us accountable and inspired during a very difficult year. [It] also provided us with a shared vocabulary and starting point for incorporating diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice work into our Farm to School activities.” - East End Farm to School Project

“The coaching calls were very helpful in keeping us focused in the work we wanted to accomplish this year. Collective meetings were a great way to share ideas and troubleshoot issues that we had to deal with." - Forestville CSD

A man is standing in front of a small group of seated people in conversation outside at picnic tables at the Mabee Farm Historic Site.
People convene at tables during the New York Farm to School Institute

“Our participation in this program has been a bright spot for our school community in light of the difficult times we have experienced. The connections we have made to the F2S program staff and other participating schools have been very helpful. We have learned a great deal about having a large farm and have received valuable coaching and support from so many smart, talented and ambitious individuals. Please continue to have schools share their work with one another. This was especially helpful in encouraging us to create/replicate innovative programming for our Windsor students” - Windsor Central School District

“We received excellent support and care for all our Farm to School Institute members. The AFT program has inspired us to take actions to bring new and exciting ideas to our Farm to School program that probably would have languished had it not been for the attention and inspiration this program brought to us.  You gave us the inspiration and we did the work.  That is the definition of a great team in action!” - NYC Department of Education, Office of Food & Nutrition Services