Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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October 01, 2012

Commissioner Aubertine Announces Farm to You Fest! 2012

October 1 October 7: Time to Celebrate Local Food and Agriculture

State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine announced today that Farm to You Fest! 2012 will take place in schools and communities throughout New York State during the week of October 1 through October 7.  Officially known as New York Harvest for New York Kids Week, this annual event is a weeklong celebration of local food and agriculture.

“Farm to You Fest is meant to get New Yorkers excited about locally grown foods and locally produced products,” Commissioner Aubertine said.  “We look forward to another successful promotion of Farm to You Fest in 2012.”

During the weeklong promotion, school food service directors, teachers, principals, parents, nutritionists, 4-H clubs, librarians, farmers and others are encouraged to organize fun and educational activities for students in pre-school, elementary, high school and even college.  Many schools will celebrate local, healthy foods by featuring New York farm products on their school lunch menus.  Other examples of celebrations include: classes having a farmer as a guest speaker, students taking a field trip to a local farm or farmers’ market, recipe contests, and community health fairs.

In recent years, approximately 110 school districts around New York State participated in Farm to You Fest!, reaching more than 112,000 children.  Descriptions of activities that took place across the State can be found at

The Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Farm to School Program helps participating schools and organizations source New York foods and provides an assortment of promotional and educational materials to aid in the celebration.

A limited supply of materials are free to organizers, including: the very popular fruit and vegetable ‘Trading Cards,’ harvest charts indicating the times when fresh produce is available and ‘Fascinating Food and Farming Facts’ brochures that stimulate “food for thought” for all ages. Many items are available in both English and Spanish languages. Those who would like to order supplies should fill out an order form, available on the Department’s Farm to School website at

This year’s Farm to You Fest! will be officially celebrated from October 1 through October 7; however, harvest events can and will occur throughout October.  Farm to You Fest! 2012 is supported by the New York Farm to School Coordinating Committee, a statewide coalition of school food service directors, farmers, health professionals, researchers, educators, parents, government program representatives and others working together to increase the use of local foods in schools, colleges, and other educational institutions. 

For more information about the Department of Agriculture and Markets and its programs for New Yorkers, please visit or follow the agency on Twitter: @nyagandmarkets.

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