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NYS Farm to School Support Service Providers Contact List

Cheryl Thayer, Local Food Distribution & Marketing Specialist

February 26, 2019
NYS Farm to School Support Service Providers Contact List

Farm to School (F2S) efforts are catalyzing across New York (NY), with much of this recent interest being ignited through Governor Cuomo's No Student Goes Hungry Program, a key provision of which is the $0.25 per lunch served incentive to those schools that purchase at least 30% of their lunch ingredients from NY farms and food processors (who's product is comprised of 51% NY farm ingredients). This robust incentive, though certainly attainable, will take some effort to achieve.

Harvest NY has compiled a list of Farm to School Support Service Providers. The list contains people and organizations that can help advance F2S in a multitude of different ways including, but not limited to (1) F2S program development, (2) assistance with finding and getting NY farm products, (3) menu (re)development that incorporates NY farm products, and (4) best practices to bridge the 3C's of F2S (cafeteria, community, classroom). People listed serve in various geographic capacities, ranging from statewide support, to regional support, to county-specific support. Please feel free to reach out to any name on this list, as all have committed to being a public resource to anyone that needs assistance.

NYS Farm to School Contact List (pdf; 109KB)

Upcoming Events

Remote GAPs Training and Farm Food Safety Plan Writing Session

January 27 - January 28, 2021

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension on January 27th for a remote GAPs training. Instructors will walk growers through how to conduct a risk assessment on their farm utilizing the seven areas of farm food safety. Participants will gain hands-on experience in creating a traceability system for their farm, as well as learn about packing house design with food safety principles guiding placement of equipment and suggested materials. Students will also learn about how to train their employees related to food safety and understand what they will need to implement on their farm in order to pass a third-party food safety audit, such as GAPs.

On January 28th growers can join us for a day focused on writing their farm food safety plan. Trainers will be joined by NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets Farm Products inspectors to give guidance and input for farms in creating their farm food safety plans to meet the needs for a potential audit. At the conclusion of day two growers will have all components of their farm food safety plans outlined with the most critical pieces.
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Technical and Financial Resources for Urban Farmers in NYS

January 27, 2021
10:00 - 11:30am

Learn about technical and financial resources available for urban farmers in New York State. This webinar will introduce you to urban agriculture field staff from a variety of organizations that provide direct support for urban farmers and community gardeners. Urban farmers will also share their experience working with these field staff and ways to participate in the programs and services offered by each organization.
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