Farm to School

Increasing the amount of locally-grown food served in public school, college and university food services...

Food Service Manager Hoa Tran slices cucumbers for salads at the Nottingham Elementary School in Arlington, VA CC (image courtesy of Lance Cheung USDAgov on Flickr)
Food Service Manager Hoa Tran slices cucumbers for salads at the Nottingham Elementary School in Arlington, VA CC (image courtesy of Lance Cheung USDAgov on Flickr)

Cornell’s Farm to School program builds awareness, increases knowledge and supports efforts to maximize the amount of locally produced and minimally processed foods served in New York’s schools, colleges, and universities through outreach education, research and program development. Farm to School works to engage stakeholders in issues such as child and adolescent health, diet and school meal quality, and the sustainability of the food and agriculture system. The program’s efforts aim to increase the amount of New York-grown foods in institutions, provide information and resources on local food and agricultural systems to students, teachers, parents, food service directors and community members, and help New York State farmers gain access to local markets.

Farm to School conducts research, provides educational opportunities and offers technical assistance to extension educators, nutrition professionals, food service directors, farmers, parents and students. Our website also provides an information hub with relevant links, policy updates, surveys and data. Through programming and sharing resources, Farm to School hopes to help develop, sustain and grow relationships between New York farmers, school food service providers, teachers and community members. Farm to School partners with a number of New York and Northeast-based organizations to advance research and outreach efforts including the National Association of College and University Food Service, the New York Farm Bureau, the New York School Nutrition Association, the New York State Agriculture in the Classroom Program, and others.

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