Farm to School

What is Farm to School?

The Niagara County Farm to School initiative is a program funded by a grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, which focuses on featuring locally grown, healthy foods in school meals. Farmers and schools are working together with their local distributors to bring fresh produce and other New York State products into the school lunchrooms.

The New York State Farm to School Program helps connect schools and produce distributors with local farms and food producers to strengthen local agriculture, improve student health, and promote regional food systems awareness.

Benefits of Farm to School:

Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as educational opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons, taste tests, and farm field trips. Farm to School empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

What is Local?

According to New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, "local" refers to any product grown or produced in the state of New York. 

Farmers

Selling to schools is a major opportunity for farmers. Benefits include:

  • Potential for significant sales
  • New market outlets
  • Promotion of business to school communities
  • Contribution to the health and wellness of school children by giving them the opportunity to consume more nutritious food.
  • There are numerous farmers across the state selling directly to schools and working with distributors to sell to schools.

If you are a farmer or NYS producer, please contact Stacey Johnston to find out how you can get involved with the Farm to School Program by emailing her at ssh85@cornell.edu or calling her at 716-433-8839 x243.

Contact

Stacey Johnston
Farm to School Coordinator
ssh85@cornell.edu
433-8839 ext. 243

Last updated September 12, 2018