Farm to School Law
Since 2002, NYS Farm to School Laws have been enacted under the jurisdiction of both the Department of Agriculture and Markets and the State Education Department.
2002 New York Laws, Article 2, Section 16, subdivision 5-b under Agriculture and Markets -
(Click “AGM Agriculture and Markets”, “Article 2”, “16”, “5-b”)
§ 16. General powers and duties of department. The department through the commissioner shall have power to:
5-b. Establish, in cooperation with the commissioner of education, a farm-to-school program to facilitate and promote the purchase of New York farm products by schools, universities and other educational institutions under the jurisdiction of the education department. The department shall solicit information from the education department regarding school districts and other educational institutions interested in purchasing New York farm products, including but not limited to, the type and amount of such products schools wish to purchase and the name of the appropriate contact person from the interested school district. The department shall make this information readily available to interested New York farmers, farm organizations and businesses that market New York farm products. The department shall provide information to the education department and interested school districts and other educational institutions about the availability of New York farm products, including but not limited to, the types and amount of products, and the names and contact information of farmers, farm organizations and businesses marketing such products. The commissioner shall report to the legislature on the need for changes in law to facilitate the purchases of such products by schools and educational institutions.
The department shall also coordinate with the education department, and school food service, education, health and nutrition, farm, and other interested organizations in establishing a promotional event, to be known as New York Harvest For New York Kids Week, in early October each year, that will promote New York agriculture and foods to children through school meal programs and the classroom, at farms and farmers' markets and other locations in the community.
2002 New York Laws Article 7, Section 305, subdivision 31 under Education -
(Click “EDN Education”, “Article 7”, “305”)
Under the jurisdiction of the Education Department with cooperation from the Commissioner of Education and Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets this law establishes a farm to school program to facilitate and promote the purchase of New York farm products by educational institutions in New York. The department will also work on making relevant information available to farmers, farm organizations, and institutions interested in establishing farm to school programs.
§ 305. General powers and duties. The commissioner of education is hereby charged with the following powers and duties:
31. The commissioner shall cooperate with the commissioner of agriculture and markets in establishing a farm-to-school program and coordinating New York Harvest For New York Kids Week as described in subdivision five-b of section sixteen of the agriculture and markets law. The commissioner's responsibilities shall include, but not be limited to, compiling information for the department of agriculture and markets from school districts and other educational institutions under the department's jurisdiction interested in purchasing New York farm products and disseminating to those districts and institutions information from the department of agriculture and markets about the availability of New York farm products, and contact information for farmers and other businesses marketing such products. The commissioner shall report to the legislature about the need for changes in law to facilitate the purchase of such products by schools and other institutions.