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March Member Spotlight: Cooperstown Farmers' Market

Our March Member Spotlight is the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market located in Cooperstown, NY. The Market is a program of Otsego 2000, a non-profit, “founded in 1981 to protect the environmental, agricultural, scenic, cultural and historic resources of the Otsego Lake region and northern Otsego County”. Tom Lewis, FaHN VISTA, spoke with Shannon Kirch, Agricultural Programs Manager at Otsego 2000 and also the Market Manager, to learn more about the farmers’ market.

History of the market: Shannon joined the staff of Otsego 2000 late last year but the history of the farmers’ market dates back to 1991 when they decided to open the first indoor market in Otsego County. The market’s philosophy is to, “encourage agricultural private enterprise that exists in a mutually beneficial relationship with downtown merchants.” Shannon stated that, “the market was started as a community building event and to bring people back to Main Street, but also to provide an outlet for the smaller farms and businesses in the area”. She said that, “the market has steadily grown and we are now up to a roster of 50 vendors every year, and we fit as many of them in as we can every week”.

Learn more about the Cooperstown Farmers' Market by visiting their website, or Facebook page. Check out the full article by clicking on the link below! 

Food & Health Policy 

Action Alert: Help Protect Funding for Healthy Rural Communities 
The NYS 2017-18 Executive Budget inappropriately proposes to consolidate 10 otherwise unrelated public health workforce appropriations with two rural health programs and cut funding by 20 percent. This cut would have an immediate and direct effect on New York State’s rural communities in the areas of access to healthcare services and the continuation of the Medicaid reform efforts now underway through DSRIP and the Prevention Agenda. Without a strong rural voice at the health reform table, rural communities can be left out of the process. 

The Rural Health Network of South Central NY (RHN), which houses the Food & Health Network, is one of over 30 networks across the state that receive this funding. Beyond access to healthcare services, RHN strengthens rural communities through innovative programs such as:
  • Rural Health Service Corps: an AmeriCorps and VISTA program that places members in twenty organizations around the region
  • Transportation assistance to health care through Mobility Management of SCNY 
  • Co-leading farm to school efforts to improve nutrition, health and local economies
Without the Rural Health Network, the Food and Health Network would not exist today! We are asking you to please contact your State representatives and urge them to restore full (flat) funding for the 2017-18 budget. 

Farm to School News

In the past two weeks we held cabbage salad taste tests at Windsor and Johnson City High Schools. The taste tests featured two different recipes -- a ramen cabbage salad and a sesame cabbage salad -- made from a locally sourced coleslaw mix of cabbage and carrots in addition to local spinach, green onions, and ginger. Students were given the option to try each recipe and select which one was their favorite. Building off of our successful kale salad taste tests last December, the goal was to gauge student preferences and introduce them to recipes made from locally available ingredients that are simple enough to be replicated in the school lunches. The final results showed both school districts favoring the ramen cabbage salad by a final tally of 147, versus 45 voting for the sesame cabbage salad. Thank you to all of our partners who helped to make the taste tests a success including Crooked Carrot, BT-BOCES, and the food service staff at Windsor and Johnson City High Schools!
Upcoming Farm to School Webinars: 
Promising Partnerships: Extension and Farm to Early Care and Education: March 14, 2pm 
The National Institute for Food and Agriculture, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network, will be offering a webinar to share extension and farm to ECE partnerships and projects. Register here.

Farm to School in the Every Student Succeeds Act: March 21, 3-4pm 
Hosted by the National Farm to School Network, this webinar will discuss new opportunities for  farm to school under the newest authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, called the Every Student Succeeds Act. In this legislation, there are various funding opportunities and policy levers that advocates and educators on the ground can utilize to move farm to school forward in their communities. Register here
March 7, 2017 - April 4, 2017 
Five week series every Tuesday, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Develop a Business Plan for Your Farm 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, Binghamton, NY. Register here.

March 9, March 23, & April 6, 2017
Three part series Thursday's starting at 6:30

Ag Producers Assemble: Three Part Series on Local Food Production & Sales
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland County & Seven Valleys Health Coalition

Call Molly Reagan Andrejko, SVHC at (607) 756-4198 to register 
March 11, 2017 & March 18, 2017
Saturday, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hosted by CCE Tompkins & Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming
Farming 101
March 11th: Chemung County Fairground, 4-H building, 170 Fairview Road, Horseheads, NY

March 18th: CCE-Tioga office at 56 Main Street Owego, NY. Register here.
Save the Date!
2017 NYS Anti-Hunger Conference
May 17, 2017
Albany Capital Center, Albany, NY. Learn more.

Volunteer Conference
April 26, 2017
Double Tree by Hilton, Binghamton, NY
Sponsored by United Way of Broome County. Co-Sponsored by Rural Health Network and VAST. Register here.
Community Foundation of South Central New York
Small Grants: Applications due March 15, 2017. Learn more here. 

NYS Health Foundation
Online inquiry form due March 15, 2017. Learn more here. 

USDA Local Food Promotion & Farmers' Market Promotion Programs 
Applications due by March 27, 2017. Learn more here. 

George A. & Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation 
Applications due March 31, 2017. Learn more here.

Park Foundation 
Proposal submission deadline March 31, 2017. Learn more here.

A. Lindsay & Olive B. O'Connor Foundation
Requests for over $5,000 applications due April 1, 2017. Learn more here.

Farm Credit East
Northeast AgEnhancement Grant: Proposal deadlines April 1, 2017. Learn more here. 

Community Garden & Youth Program Manager, VINES
The Community Garden and Youth Program Manager (Manager) will be responsible for the overall planning and management of the VINES community gardens and related educational programming.  The Manager will deliver community-based youth development programming that focuses on empowering youth through gardening and healthy eating. Learn more here.

AmeriCorps Positions promoting Food Access & Health! 
Part time positions in Broome, Cortland and Delaware Counties:

  • Farm Share Program Associate with Binghamton Farm Share
  • Program Assistant at CHOW 
  • Community Nutrition Coordinator with Delaware Opportunities
  • Cortland Hunger Coalition AmeriCorps Associate with CAPCO

Learn more and apply: Rural Health Service Corps website.


Diane Albrecht & Jerry Albrecht 
Susan Beaudoin
Linda Biemer
Elizabeth Bossong
Christina Boyd 
Diane Campbell
Nikki & Tom Corgel
Diane Crews
Ray & Ann Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Katelyn Gascon
Matthew Griffin
Suzanne Lewis
Amelia LoDolce  
Katelyn Marsh 
Kate Miller-Corcoran
Larry & Denise Moore
Glenda Neff
Molly Nelson 
Janice Parker
Jeffrey Piestrak

Charles & Mary Place
Maggie Reeger
Jack Salo
Bob & Linda Seeger
Doris Summerlee 
Greg Summerlee
Natalie Thompson 
Lauren Tonti
Chobani, LLC
Closer to the Heart Farms
Engelbert Farms, LLC
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
Farm House Brewery
Fidelis Care New York
Lourdes Hospital
The Owego Kitchen
Peaceful by Nature Farm
Regional Access
Shared Roots Farm 
Stone Horse Farm 
United HealthCare
United Health Services (UHS)
Organizational Members

Broome County Council of Churches
Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service
Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) 
Chenango County Health Department
Chenango County United Way, Inc 
Cooperstown Farmers' Market 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County
Delaware Opportunities Inc.
Family Enrichment Network
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Hatherleigh Foundation
Healthy Lifestyles Coalition (United Way)
Rural Health Network of South Central New York
Seven Valleys Health Coalition 
Tioga Opportunities
United Health Services (UHS)
VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments
Individual Members

Diane Albrecht
Richard Andrus
Donna Bates
Mark Bordeau
Christine Day
Ann Denniston 
Ray Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Matthew Griffin
Kathleen Horner
Kevin Millar
Diane O'Hora
Peaceful By Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Tony Preus
Amy Shapiro
Lauren Tonti
Rose Zonetti
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Website
Food & Health Network Website

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