New 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 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.
A 30-day open comment period, beginning on March 24, 2021 is intended to gather ideas on improving the resiliency and self-reliance of New York’s farm and food system. The open comment period is an opportunity for stakeholders including individuals, organizations, and businesses to share information that may be considered in the development of the report.
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.
Statewide Initiatives Innovating Across New York State
Increasing Brooklyn residents' access to nutritious food through the Food Insecurity Screening Pilot Program and more.
The No Student Goes Hungry initiative aims to provide access to healthy, locally grown food for low income students.
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.