Farm to School in New York
The New York State Farm to School Program was created to connect schools with local farms and food producers to strengthen local agriculture, improve student health, and promote regional food systems awareness.
Through technical assistance and promotional support we help schools, farms, distributors and other supporting organizations provide students with nutritious, delicious, seasonally varied meals from foods produced by local farms and food processors.
In the past two years, the Department has made grants available to support Farm to School. State agencies that also support Farm to School include Office of General Services, Department of Health, Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Education.
USDA Farm to School Census
According to the USDA Farm to School Census, 298 school districts (43% of New York school districts) with 1,333 schools and 759,024 students participate in Farm to School.