The Cornell Cooperative Extension Warren County Farm to School Program is currently working to facilitate 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. The Farm to School Program aims to increase: the amount of locally produced farm products procured by schools, awareness of our food system through education about local products, the number of producers, distributors, and or food hubs supplying locally produced farm products to schools.
Schools have expressed an interest and willingness to advertise the source of local items on school menus, a potential mechanism for attracting local families to area farms and businesses. Selling local products to schools also 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 when Farm to School Programs mature, they have multiplying effects on local economies as market access expands to for agricultural businesses.
Cornell Farm to School Outreach
If you are interested in the Farm to School Program or have questions, please contact:
Last updated September 27, 2019