Department of Agriculture & Markets

 Farm to School Program
Sarah Johnson, (518) 457-1721


The New York State Farm to School Program facilitates and promotes the purchase of New York State farm products by schools, universities and other educational institutions. 

Other key components of the Program are to improve student health through increasing access to fresh and nutritious foods and promote regional food systems awareness. Below are links to some of the tools that you can download now that will help you communicate these messages.

Each fall, the Department supports the statewide "Farm to You Fest!".  We offer a variety of fun and educational material to you free of charge. To order resources for your event simply fill out an Order Form Doc | Pdf and email, fax, or mail it back to us at the given addresses. Your orders will be filled as quickly as possible, as long as supplies last.

Sec. Vilsack

Students aren't the only ones that love our fruit and vegetable trading cards - USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack was impressed with them too while at the People's Garden Community Gardens Summit in Washington, DC.  The trading cards are one of the several tools offered to schools and cafeterias through the state's farm-to-school program that works to encourage healthy eating habits by linking students with farm fresh foods.


  • Farm to You Fest! posters ( 2008 ) | ( 2009 ) | ( 2013 )
  • “Now Appearing” Local Farmers Market poster

Activities Related Materials

Brochures and Informational Materials

Web Addresses for Downloading Material

NYS Farm to School: A Survey of Food Service Directors

  • The Department's annual Farm to School Survey of NYS food service directors ( 2008 ) | ( 2009 ) | ( 2012 ) show that over 60% of the respondents had purchased local foods and an additional 32% of respondents are interested in sourcing more foods from New York farms.

NYS Map out of vegetable