Farm-to-School Initiatives Support Farmers and Students
The Department is committed to helping New Yorkers increase their access to fresh, local, healthy foods, and supporting new economic opportunities for farmers, through programs such as the Community Gardens program, the Council on Hunger and Food Policy, and the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.
The Department helps schools, farms, distributors, and other supporting organizations provide our school children with nutritious, delicious, seasonally varied meals from foods produced by local farms and food processors.
Commissioner Ball harvests potatoes with a student as part of a Farm-to-School event.
Students eat lunch in a greenhouse after harvesting squash.
Students learn to grow and harvest their own potatoes.
A group of students prepares to harvest squash on a Farm-to-School class trip.
Students learn to grow and harvest their own pumpkins.
The New York Food Supply Working Group was created to define recommendations and make other observations relating to New York State’s food supply resiliency and self-reliance.
Made up of representatives from farming, food processing, food retail, academia, and more, the Working Group will develop a report on the state’s farm and food supply chain logistics to address market disruptions that occurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, food shortages, and food waste.
Connecting gardeners to resources in their communities.
Facilitating the use of vacant public lands for community gardens.
Innovating within cities to grow food, raise animals, and promote sustainability.