Buffalo Public Schools Seeks NYS Produce
As part of the Buffalo Farm to School Initiative, the Buffalo Schools Food Service Department is seeking NYS grown farm products to use on their lunch menu. If you're a NYS farmer interested in working with the Buffalo School Food Service Department, please download, fill out and return the form by August 15th, 2016. The form can be found HERE
Farm-to-hospital planning comes to Buffalo
Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, in partnership with Harvest NY, was awarded a $25,000 planning grant through the USDA Local Food Promotion Program. The planning grant will be used to conduct market research and develop a plan to promote local food procurement policies and practices on the Medical Campus. The goal of the planning process is to open new market opportunities to local small and mid-sized farms, as well as to increase the health and wellness of patients, visitors and Campus employees. Healthcare Without Harm, a coalition of hospitals and health care organizations whose mission is to transform the health sector worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, will provide additional research, training and mentoring for the planning phase. See the full press release HERE
Western NY Food Hub looking for produce farmers!
Eden Valley Growers (EVG) is opening their doors to new produce growers interested in selling through wholesale market channels! Dubbed the Western NY Food Hub, this business diversification will provide qualified growers with immediate access to wholesale markets. Based in Erie County, EVG is a vegetable growing farm cooperative that recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Recognizing the increasing demand for locally grown food and the considerable assets the cooperative has, both in terms of infrastructure, sales and marketing, they are eager to provide Western NY farmers with a viable market for their produce. Click HERE
to see more information.