Starting a Farm to School program or participating in one requires some research and New York is here to help!
Below are links to some of the resources you can use to inform your Farm to School programs:
Resources from the Department of Agriculture and Markets
The Department has its own set of available resources to share with Farm to School innovators:
Finding farmers and distributors specializing in local
Download the Getting Local Food Into New York State Schools for information on local sourcing, the bidding process and successful models used by school districts to buy more locally grown ingredients.
Access the Appendices to the Local Procurement Toolkit. This includes a compilation of useful resources to help you increase local procurement.
Promoting Harvest of the Month
Harvest of the Month is a Farm to School initiative that promotes a different locally grown food in the school cafeteria each month. Posters are below to highlight the Harvest of the Month campaign and thirteen products that New York State schools are serving in their cafeterias.
Download the New York State Harvest of the Month Educators Toolkit shares strategies for promoting Harvest of the Month and how to use Harvest of the Month materials, like posters.
Posters are available to download below or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org for printed posters:
Access the state's Harvest Chart to see what's growing and when:
NYSDAM Produce Cards
Farm to You Fest!
Farm to You Fest! is a weeklong celebration of Farm to School activities. Schools across the state are planning a variety of events - from taste tests to farm field trips. Here’s a poster that can be used to promote this celebratory week:
Farm to You Fest! Poster