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Farm to School

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Warren County Farm to School Program is currently working to strengthen partnerships between local food producers and area public schools in Warren and Washington Counties. Participating schools are looking to source fresh, locally produced, healthy foods whenever possible and incorporate these items into school meals. Schools in our program include: Bolton, Fort Ann, Glens Falls City, Glens Falls Common, Hadley-Luzerne, Johnsburg, Lake George, North Warren, Queensbury, Warrensburg, and Whitehall. 

The Farm to School Program aims to increase: the amount of locally produced farm products procured by schools, awareness of our food system, and the number of producers, distributors, and food hubs supplying locally produced farm products to schools.

Selling local products to schools offers a unique opportunity to educate youth about fresh, healthy food options, thus, promoting future generations of healthy eaters. There is an increasing body of evidence showing that as Farm to School Programs mature, they have multiplying effects on local economy as market access expands to for agricultural businesses. 

The 3 C's of Farm to School

  • Cafeteria - Serving local produce in school meals
  • Classroom - Teaching students about the importance of agriculture
  • Community - Involving the collective wisdom of the community, helping the farmers and families that live in the community gain a stronger connection to the schools through field trips, lectures, and other events.

This program is funded through the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Farm to School grant and CCE Warren County. 

Contact

Annie Mills
Farm to School Program Coordinator
akm233@cornell.edu
518-623-3291

Last updated June 22, 2020