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Kevin Brouillard, one of our Farm to School AmeriCorps Members, completed his term this week. Check out his goodbye post below: 

The past nine months serving as a Farm to School Corps member have truly changed my career path and helped me create a community for myself at Sidney Central School District. I am happy to announce that I have been hired by Sidney to manage their Farm to School program for the 2019-2020 academic year. Fortunately, I'll still be able to collaborate with the Food and Health Network team as we work to increase purchasing from local farms and integrate garden- and food-based education at Sidney. I owe a debt of gratitude to Jess, Erin, and Tom from the Food and Health Network for their support, guidance, and friendship these past several months. Also, I'd like to thank everyone at the Rural Health Network for inspiring me through their amazing community-oriented work.

We are excited to welcome two new Farm to School AmeriCorps Members to the team! Nicole Kaczmarczyk and Jabari Randolph started with us last month. Check out their welcome messages below and find their full posts by visiting our Food for Thought Blog. 
  • Nicole grew up in Broome County and is a Union-Endicott High School graduate. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Human Development from SUNY Geneseo. Nicole enjoys working with children and is excited to become involved with local schools in an effort to educate students on healthier food options.
  • Jabari was born in the Bronx, NY and raised in Westchester County. In December of 2018, he graduated from SUNY Broome Community College with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development at Binghamton University. He has a career background in mental health work and serving those with developmental disabilities.

Join us on November 6th for the Food as Medicine Summit in Binghamton! The Food as Medicine Summit will bring together regional stakeholders around the critical connections between nutrition, food security, and chronic diseases, the services and interventions that recognize and address these links, and the opportunities for economic development through local procurement.

The day long event will feature a keynote address by Jean Terranova, Director of Food and Health Policy at Community Servings, a leading nonprofit in medically-tailored meals, and a co-author of the Massachusetts Food is Medicine State Plan. There will also be a plenary panel on the region food as medicine landscape, networking lunch, afternoon workshops, and concluding session to identify next steps.

Registration is $15/person. Scholarships are available; contact Erin Summerlee at to learn more. The Food as Medicine Summit is hosted by Rural Health Network of South Central NY, in collaboration with HealtheConnections. Event partners include Care Compass Network, VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, and Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
Register Here
October is Farm to School Month!
October is National Farm to School Month! Congress established Farm to School Month in 2010 and each year we highlight the good work happening around our region. For more information about how you can get involved with Farm to School Month check out the National Farm to School Network. You can also find farm to school updates on our Facebook, Instagram, and Food for Thought Blog.

In honor of Farm to School Month, we are recognizing individuals who dedicate themselves to the mission of Farm to School! We are seeking nominations for Farm to School Champions throughout the month of October! Each week on social media we will announce recipients, who will receive a certificate of recognition for their efforts. The first recipients, Gwendolyn Howe and Kristen Walter of Roosevelt Elementary (Binghamton City School District) were announced last week! If you would like to nominate someone in your community, please email a brief description of their work to Jessica Barbini at!

We are excited to introduce the new Growing Farm to School Capacity Fund! Are you a school in Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, or Tompkins County with a need to purchase supplies for a project related to farm to school? Our new fund can be used to support supply purchases up to $150. Possible examples include posters for a cafeteria., cooking supplies for a classroom, seeds for a school garden educational materials, food for a taste test, or a combination of all of the above! This application will remain open until funding is dispersed. If you have any questions please contact Tom Lewis at! You can apply here.
Growing Farm to School
The 3rd Annual Tioga Harvest Festival was a wonderful start to the fall season! The festival included a scavenger hunt, a harvest dash brigade game, painting, and many other festive, seasonal activities. Community based organizations and local farmers taught students about local food and agriculture. Many volunteers helped to make this a spectacular fall celebration and educational day for students. 

NY Thursday is coming up on October 17! Broome-Tioga BOCES school districts will feature the following menu: 
  • Chicken burrito bowl (diced chicken, rice, pinto beans, peppers, and onions)
  • Shredded romaine lettuce
  • Chopped tomatoes 
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa 
  • Crunchy slaw 
  • Fresh pear 
  • Low fat milk
We held our first Farm to School taste test of the school year at Newark Valley High School last month, in partnership with Broome-Tioga BOCES Rock on Cafe. We sampled elotes, a Mexican street corn, prepared with corn sourced from Russell Farms. The recipe, which also included a tangy sauce made from sour cream, mayonnaise, chili powder, garlic, and lime juice, was a success with students. We are excited to incorporate elotes into an upcoming NY Thursday menu!
Jess Barbini, Farm to School Coordinator, and Jamie Henry, Program Assistant VISTA tested the elotes for themselves! Photo credit: Julie Raway, Rock On Café
The Food and Health Network team poses after a productive day at the 3rd Annual Tioga Harvest Festival at Tiger Farms!

Open Grant Opportunities

Whole Kids Foundation School Garden, Salad Bar, and Bee Grant Programs
Application deadline: October 15, 2019. 
Learn more here.

Chef Ann Foundation Get Schools Cooking Grants
Application deadline: October 28, 2019.
Learn more here.

Annie's Grants for Gardens
Application deadline: November 1, 2019.
Learn more here.

NYS Farm to School Grant
Proposal deadline: November 7, 2019. Learn more here. 

USDA Farm to School Grant Program
Application deadline: December 13, 2019. Learn more here.
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