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Local Foods, Healthy Schools - Farm to School

The Farm to School Program provides the opportunity for school cafeterias to serve more local, farm fresh food to students, offer education in the classroom on where food comes from, and overall strengthens the local community. Currently, five schools are working with the local Farm to School Coordinator on strengthening their program. The five schools include Duanesburg Central School, Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School, Schoharie Central School, Sharon Springs Central School and Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District. This program is intended to assist all five school districts to achieve the 30% New York State Initiative. Furthermore, it will help schools establish a stronger economic position to maintain or exceed a higher level of NYS farm product procurement through developing a Farm to School infrastructure.

Harvest of the Month posters - Summer Squash, Tomatoes, and Salad Greens

An additional feature of this program is Harvest of the Month. School cafeterias highlight a New York State product as part of the meal or in taste tests. One school that has exceeded expectations with this part of the program is Duanesburg Central School, featuring a Harvest of the Month item twice a month. In the month of November, they showcased broccoli and cauliflower from a local farm. The other schools in the program are currently working on their Harvest of the Month schedule for 2023. 

At each school, a collaborative team has been put together with the Farm to School coordinator to help further develop their Farm to School program and address any challenges specific to that school.

Broccoli and cauliflower

Over the next few months, it is our goal to evaluate each school's progress towards the 30% Initiative and Harvest of the Month. This program helps bring nutritious food to school children in our area and helps strengthen the local community. Stay tuned for reports on our progress in the program!

To learn more about Farm to School in Schoharie County, contact Shannon Sears at srs422@cornell.edu or call (518) 234-4303 x114.

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Shannon Sears
Farm to School Coordinator
518-234-4303 x114

Last updated December 8, 2022