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Farm to School Survey - Other

Question 1 - Part 2 Other

Question 1 - Part 3 Other

Question 6 Other

Question 7 Other


Question 1 - Part 2 Other

If yes, where did you buy these ingredients from?

  • USDA Pilot Program/DOD Fresh
  • School Garden/Greenhouse
  • Local Co-Op
  • Farmer's Market
  • Donated Food
  • Meal Vendor


Question 1 - Part 3 Other

If yes, who helps, has helped you find farmers or distributors that supply New York State ingredients?

  • Food Distributors/Produce Companies
  • Research on their own
  • Word of mouth, Other food service directors
  • Purchasing Cooperatives (e.g. Long Island Co-Op)
  • OGS
  • Farm Stands
  • Farmers reaching out to schools
  • FSMC/Food Vendor
  • Already in Place
  • ANCA - Adirondack North Country Association
  • Farm to School Coordinator
  • NYSNA - NY School Nutrition Association
  • NYSED Office of Child Nutrition
  • Local Health Department
  • District Wellness Committee


Question 6 Other

What are your barriers to purchasing more ingredients from New York State farmers?

  • Unable to get products delivered
  • School is too small to have buying power
  • Growing season does not coincide with school year
  • Limited Growers - Limited availability of products in the area
  • Do not have time or resources to focus on Farm to School
  • Current distributors sell little or no NYS products
  • For FSMC corporate purchasing decides which vendors to use
  • Lack of quality assurance
  • Bidding not won by local vendors
  • Student tastes are not agreeable 


Question 7 Other

What resources are you looking for to introduce or increase your participation in the Farm to School initiative?

  • List of local farmers willing to work with schools and what they offer
  • Greater range of products offered by farmers/distributors
  • More farmers/distributors to serve rural areas
  • Assistance with delivery of products
  • Farm to School Coordinator
  • Assistance with labor costs
  • Food Hubs
  • Gauranteed Supply
  • Knowledge of the growing season and what's available to purchase year-round
  • Ready to eat food that's already been processed (e.g. carrot sticks, apple slices, etc.)
  • Student Involvement
  • Less burdensome procurement process
  • Quality assurance
  • Marketing materials
  • No minimum order for delivery
  • Places that purchase NY products only
  • Competitive prices
  • Farmer's market demonstrations


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