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Farm to School Spotlight News

The following news stories feature Schools and Programs from New York State making headlines for their Farm to School initiatives. 

How a school lunch in Tompkins County will help fight 'superbugs' (Ithaca Journal) May 20, 2019

Local schools add NY-grown grape juice to menus (Observer-Dispatch) May 17, 2019

Allegany-Limestone begins 'Farm-To-School' partnership with Canticle Farm (Olean Times Herald) May 9, 2019

Grape-To-School Pilot Program Announced (The Lansing Star) May 3, 2019

Students take part in farm-to-table project (The Leader-Herald) Apr. 22, 2019

Alden Central School District has "NY Thursdays" that provide local food from farmers for school lunches (WKBW Buffalo) Apr. 5, 2019

Wellsville launches 'New York Thursdays' program (The Evening Tribune) Mar. 30, 2019

Local classroom takes virtual field trip to a NY dairy farm (News 10) Mar. 29, 2019

Grassroots Gardens hopes to be first accredited Community Garden Land Trust in the country (Buffalo Rising) Mar. 26, 2019

Eight districts to offer local fare during Farm-to-School Day (The Buffalo News) Mar. 20, 2019

Allegany-Limestone Farm-to-School plan, capital improvements part of 2019-20 budget presentations (Olean Times Herald) Feb. 27, 2019

Local chef, students bring Buffalo's Farm to School program to the cafeteria (2WGRZ) Feb. 25, 2019

School District Co-Op Continues to Support Local and State Farms Despite Winter Scarcity (27east.com) Feb. 19, 2019

School Honored for Incorporating Farm Produce into Kids' Meal (Patch.com) Feb. 6, 2019

Capital Roots' Growth Promotes Fresh, Local Food (Lancaster Farming) Jan. 25, 2019

G. L. Middle School Garden Club Presentation (Warwick Valley Dispatch) Jan. 21, 2019

Forestville promotes wellness, local farmers (Observer) Jan. 16, 2019

Kids eat healthy and taste new foods through Harvest of the Month program at CCS (Rome Sentinel) Dec. 27, 2018

Poughkeepsie Farm Project to expand in city school district (Poughkeepsie Journal) Dec. 21, 2018

Elementary school garden club visits business for the holidays (Patch.com) Dec. 10, 2018

Southern Tier schools going "Farm to Fork" (WENY) Nov. 19, 2018

Farm to School lessons teach healthy eating in Buffalo classrooms (Buffalo News) Nov. 16, 2018

Local farmers helping to feed students nutritious meals (Wellsville Daily Reporter) Nov. 15, 2018

What school lunches have to do with fixing wealth inequality (YES! Magazine) Nov. 13, 2018

Beacon Public Schools celebrate Farm to School month by getting kids excited by veggies (Poughkeepsie Journal) Oct. 24, 2018

Brownsville students grow produce inside the classroom (BK Reader) Oct. 19, 2018

Green Thumbs and Great Giving: Church Street School Farmers Market (CBS) Oct. 3, 2018

Garden Train Takes Root: The First Annual Brooklyn School Gardens Crawl (Bklyner) Oct. 1, 2018

Dedicated Girl Scouts work diligently to earn Silver Award (Patch) Oct. 1, 2018

Farm to School program offers locally grown food in Lewis, St. Lawrence counties (Watertown Daily Times) Sep. 30, 2018

Potsdam Central gets first batch of produce from Farm to School program (North Country Now) Sep. 28, 2018

Tioga Central Schools: Harvest celebration returns to Tiger Farm (Morning Times) Sep. 28, 2018

How urban farms in New York schools are raising food to fight inequality (Curbed) Sep. 27, 2018

Dietician schools tykes on eats, exercise (Press Republican) Sep. 17, 2018

$20k secured for Allegany County 'Ag in the Classroom' program (Olean Times Herald) Sep. 10, 2018

School's Out plans 'co-living' farm school in Bethlehem (Times Union) Sep. 5, 2018

Can This Chef Solve the Problem of School Lunch? (CityLab) Sep. 4, 2018

New faces, new things growing in Churchville-Chili, Webster and Mercy (WHAM 13) Sep. 4, 2018

U.S. Ag Secretary Perdue visits Coloumbia County farms, addresses labor needs for farmers (HudsonValley360) Aug. 23, 2018

Cypress Creek Renewables and Jefferson-Lewis BOCES announce completion of NYS's first pollinator-friendly solar farm (NewzJunky.com) Aug. 23, 2018

Farm-to-School, local producers highlighted (The Sun) Aug. 9, 2018

Queensbury schools to improve lunches with local farm produce (The Post Star) Jul. 26, 2018

Ursuline Students Harvest Bronx Garden to Feed Poor and Sick (Catholic New York) Jul. 18, 2018

Town Talk: Spencer Van-Etten sixth-graders renovate school garden (Ithaca Journal) July 17, 2018

Colden Elementary takes Gold Prize in national gardening contest (Buffalo News) Jun. 14, 2018

Sagaponack Common School Students Grow Vegetables in New Educational Garden (27east.com) Jun. 26, 2018

Rozic, Stavisky tour John Bowne High School farm (TimesLedger) Jun. 13, 2018

Ritchie's 'Seeds of Success' Program to Take Root in 20 New School Districts (Oswego County Today) Jun. 8, 2018

Bronx teen create hydroponic farm to grow 25,000 pounds of produce a year (amNY) Jun. 4, 2018

BOCES Farm-to-School initiative celebrates New York foods (Oneida Dispatch) Jun. 1, 2018

Historic Crook Farm welcomes mordern-day students (The Bradford Era) May 22, 2018

Beacon school district to expand farm-to-school programming (Poughkeepsie Journal) May 10, 2018

Cooperstown Farmers' Market to host youth summit (Daily Star) Apr. 24, 2018

State budget includes more money for Farm to School program (Daily Messenger) Apr. 9, 2018

CCE Steuben kicks off Farm to School Event (WENY News) Mar. 23, 2018

Bellamy students celebrate project with harvest (Rome Sentinel) Mar. 13, 2018

Eight teachers win 2018 Excellence in Teaching about Ag (AgDaily) Mar. 8, 2018

VVS senior runner-up in state competition (Rome Sentinel) Mar. 5, 2018

High school agriculture class working to build community garden (Eagle News Online) Feb. 6, 2018

One community farm aims to change food system in mid-Hudson Valley (Poughkeepsie Journal) Feb. 1, 2018

Poughkeepsie Farm Project awarded $100k from Farm to School grant, will add Wappingers (Poughkeepsie Journal) Jan. 31, 2018

Congratulations, Sidney, on Farm-to-School project (Daily Star) Jan. 29, 2018

Allegany County Extension receives $43k to conduct two Farm-to-School food project (Olean Times Herald) Jan. 19, 2018

2018 Farm to School Partnership Award Winners (SNA) Jan. 2018

Governor's New 'No Student Goes Hungry' Plan (GOER) Dec. 27, 2017

Grant helps local schools promote healthy living (The Sun) Dec. 22, 2017

YMCA gets grants for Healthy Foods Initiative (Ithaca.com) Dec. 13, 2017

Newcomb Central joins farm-to-school movement (The Sun) Nov. 23, 2017

Connect NYC kids to NYS farms: An enlightening education is underway (NY Daily News) Nov. 23, 2017

The Learning Garden helps connect kids with science and nature (PIX 11) Nov. 17, 2017

'New York Thursdays' puts local food in school cafeterias (Pressconnects) Oct. 26, 2017

Harvesting a healthier community - Community garden feeds highschool students (LI Herald) Oct. 19, 2017

Farm Discovery Days opens the world of agriculture to children (Livingston County News) Oct. 13, 2017

Agbotic welcomes Assemblywoman Jenne and farm-to-school students (Watertown Daily Times) Oct. 8, 2017

Food harvested at school garden in Cutchogue incorporated in meals (Suffolk Times) Oct. 7, 2017

Ninth annual Farm to You Fest underway (SpotlightNews.com) Oct. 5, 2017

Eating for the Economy - Farm to School initiative seeks to support local farmers (Adirondack Daily Enterprise) Sep. 27, 2017

Local districts put locally grown, produced food on lunch menu (Binghamton.com) Sep. 25, 2017

'NY Thursdays' kickoff at Tioga Central School (WBNG) Sep. 21, 2017

Montebello students have growing enthusiam for schoolyard garden (lohud) Sep. 21, 2017

Bronx students harvested sqaush at Commissioner Ball's farm in Schoharie (Times Union) Sep. 18, 2017

City schools bring 'Farm to School' for lunch (WGRZ) Sep. 9, 2017

Baldwin families care for schools' gardens throughout the summer (Newsday) Aug. 1, 2017

Rockland camp grows next generation of farmers (lohud) Aug. 1, 2017

Senator Helming Announces Bill to Allow Local Buying (NYS Senate) Jul. 24, 2017

Helming, panel discuss food access in rural NY (Finger Lake Times) Jul. 24, 2017

Taking the childhood obesity fight beyond the school cafeteria (Pressconnects) Jul. 14, 2017

As School Gardens grow, So Do the Students and Teachers Who Tend Them (NBC4) Jun. 26, 2017

Community garden takes root at Penn Yan school (Finger Lakes Times) Jun. 25, 2017

KCS Lunches: Fresh, Healthy, Homegrown (Press-Republican) Jun. 25, 2017

Indian River Central School District receives Farm-to-School USDA Grant (Watertown Daily Times) Jun. 22, 2017

Northeast Farm to School Institute Advances Regional Programs (VTDigger) Jun. 22, 2017

Local Food Staff Receive Farm to School Training (Daily Messenger) Jun. 6, 2017

Area Farm to School programs funded - Initiative connects area schools with farmers (The Sun) Jun. 2, 2017

New East New York Public School will have rooftop vegetable garden (Patch) May 25, 2017

Corning school students capture state STEM competition (CBElmira) May 10, 2017

Andes adds farm-to-table school lunch program (thedailystar.com) May 4, 2017

Bill allows schools to buy more locally grown products (The Batavan) May 2, 2017

SNA Celebrates National Award Winners for School Lunch Hero Day - Mark Bordeau (SNA) May 2, 2017

Beacon's Food Services director, partners recognized for farm-to-school programs (Poughkeepsie Journal) April 25, 2017

Sen. Akshar serves school lunches, tours kitchen at Johnson city school (WBNG.com) Mar. 24, 2017

School Food Support Initiative Brings 7 Districts to the Table - Brewster CSD (Chef Ann Foundation) Mar. 16, 2017

New York Farm to School Partnership Awards (FINYS/NYSNA) Feb. 16, 2017

City School District Wellness Plan Catches Attention of CDC (WBFO) Feb. 10, 2017

Schoolyard chicken movement gets a boost from Purina (Amsterdam News) Jan. 5, 2017

From farm to cafeteria table: LCSD works with local farms to bring local produce to students (Eagle News) Dec. 7, 2016

Governor Announces Awards to Seven Farm to School Programs (GOER) December 2, 2016

A garden classroom to sprout at NY Botanical Garden (Bronx Times) Nov. 10, 2016

$300,000 farm-to-school program at Madrid-Waddington grows fresh greens for student lunches (NorthCountryNews) Nov. 10, 2016

What's 'Growing On' at Haldane's Garden (Putnam County News) Nov. 9, 2016

P.S. 83 learn about pumpkins, nature with Vacca (Bronx Times) Nov. 8, 2016

Brooklyn Fifth-graders winterize community, educational garden in Brownsville (Daily News) Nov. 3, 2016

Buffalo Farm to School has Cornell flavor (Cornell Chronicle) Oct. 27, 2016

DiNapoli spotlights Poughkeepsie school's farm food program (Poughkeepsie Journal) Oct. 21, 2016

State Agriculture Commissioner Joins the Fourth Big Apple Crunch (AGM) Oct. 20, 2016

Michelle Obama honors New Paltz School Garden (Poughkeepsie Journal) Oct. 13, 2016

Ithaca City School District Wins Runner-Up National 2016 Golden Carrot Award (Ithaca Voice) Oct. 13, 2016

Dows Lane Third-Graders Gain Botanical Knowledge in School Garden (Patch) Oct. 11, 2016

Student Turns to Social Media to Raise Funds for Ross School Greenhouse (Patch) Oct. 8, 2016

Farm to School Chef Challenge brings healthy ideas to Buffalo Schools (Buffalo News) Oct. 5, 2016

Bridgehampton School Farm Stand Teaches Student Ins and Outs of Agribusiness (27east) Sep. 27, 2016

Ad’k Farm to School program named ‘One in a Melon’ (Adirondack Daily Enterprise) Jun. 15, 2016

Governor Signs Russell Bill into Law (NYS Senate) Jun. 8, 2016

Assemblywoman's Russell's bill passes the assembly (Addie Jenne website) May 27, 2016

Greenport School Garden Wins $10K Grant through 'Seeds of Change' Contest (Patch) May 6, 2016

"Drive for 25" Initiative (Addie Jenne website) Mar. 30, 2016

Sixteen School Lunch Programs Making a Difference (FoodTank) Feb. 23, 2016

 

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