| Farm to School Program
New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets
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.
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.
*NEW THIS YEAR!* Resources for Cafeterias
- Pride of New York Decals for Cafeterias - In response to interest, the Department's Farm to College and Farm to School Programs developed three new Pride of York static cling decals that can be used to promote locally grown/produced foods in cafeteria lines.
- Farm to You Fest! posters ( 2008 ) | ( 2009 )
- “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