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Annual Planning Meeting and Potluck

The FaHN annual planning meeting is being held on Thursday, December 8th from 9:30am - 12:00pm at the Broome County Health Department, 225 Front Street, Binghamton, with a potluck lunch to follow the meeting. 

Please join us to celebrate success and plan for 2017 and beyond. Your input is critical as we develop an advocacy agenda, identify key topics for the Growing Health Forum Series and collaborative projects, and much more. We look forward to having you there! Please RSVP to and let us know if you will be staying for the potluck lunch.
Growing Farm to School in the Southern Tier
We're excited to announce that the Food and Health Network has been selected as one of seven recipients across the state for a NYS Farm to School Grant. This project will build on several years of successful collaboration with Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, Food Bank of the Southern Tier, local farms, and many others to increase the amount of locally grown food in school meals. In partnership with BT-BOCES we'll work with Chenango Valley Central School District, Johnson City Central School District, Tioga Central School District, Vestal Central School Districts and Whitney Point Central School District to purchase more local produce, implement a NY Thursday menu, integrate smarter lunchrooms and bridge connections through classroom education. A very big thank you to all partners, and to NYS and our representatives for investing in farm to school!

Read the full press release here and see what other farm to school programs are happening around NYS!

Over 70 people gathered on November 17th to explore the question, "what if doctors prescribed produce?" In partnership with VINES, FaHN hosted Growing Health: Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Programs with Wholesome Wave. The half day conference explored the impacts of Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Programs and looked at local opportunities to begin a program in South Central New York. Check out an article on the event from WSKG: "What if Doctors Prescribed Produce, Not Pills?"

The conference began with a keynote from Skye Cornell, Chief Programs Officer at Wholesome Wave. You can view her presentation here. And was followed by a panel discussion on local opportunities, the participants included:
Thank you to our speakers and sponsors for making the conference a success! Please visit the Growing Health Tab on our website to learn more about the presentations and to check back for Growing Health announcements. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved contact us at (607) 692-7669 or

On November 29th, FaHN participated in the first annual #NYGivesDay, a program of the national #GivingTuesday day of giving. With the support of our donors we were able to raise $1,375! Money that will go towards our goal of supporting a thriving regional food system. Thank you! Visit our Facebook page to see our posts from the day, which highlight many of our programs and the work we have accomplished throughout 2016. If you would like to join the movement and become a FaHN member or sponsor visit our website!

Reflections on NESAWG: It Takes a Region Conference

FaHN VISTA, Tom Lewis attended the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group's (NESAWG) It Takes a Region conference in Hartford, CT on November 11th. Here are his reflections from that day:
Attending the It Takes a Region conference was certainly a memorable experience for me. It was my first conference as an AmeriCorps member with FaHN, and going in I was excited to network with like-minded individuals from across the Northeast. After arriving, I was introduced to the years theme “Tackling Wicked Problems in Food Systems”. Wicked problems usually imply issues that are difficult to fix, and are caused by several different factors, with little consensus on a remedy for them. As an AmeriCorps member, I’m used to being faced with wicked problems, after all my job is to help fight poverty, and it requires me to be confronted with hard to solve issues on a daily basis. I signed up for four workshops that day, “Health Care Investment in Food Initiatives”, “Are We Really Making Change? Measuring Farm to Institution in Northeast & Across the U.S.”, “The Promise of Urban Agriculture” and a two hour session called “The Food Movement: If We Agree on Vision and Values, What Keeps Us from Collaborating”. I picked each one with the hope that afterwards I would have a clearer understanding of, not just the problems that exist in food systems work, but also the work that is being done throughout the Northeast to find solutions to those problems.
To read the full post click here. 


December 6, 2016
Tuesday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

December 7, 2016
Wednesday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
2 Day Intensive Farm Food Safety Workshop 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, Binghamton, NY
Register here.
December 14, 2016
Wednesday, 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Nutrition Exploration at Waverly FRC
Waverly Family Resource Center, Waverly, NY
Learn more here.
December 22, 2016 
Thursday, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

2016 Holiday Farmers' Market at Press Bay Alley: Holiday Food Market
Groundswell Center & the Finger Lake Meat Project, Ithaca, NY
Learn more here.
Save the Date! 
2017 NOFA-NY Winter Conference
January 20-22, 2017
Saratoga Springs, NY
Click here for more information.
Buy Local this Holiday Season 

Do your holiday shopping with local farmers and food businesses this year! If you are gathering with family and friends to share a meal, consider supporting your regional food system and economy by sourcing your meal with local food. When you spend your dollars locally, they can then be re-spent locally. An action that has numerous positive impacts, like raising overall economic activity in the region.

Not sure where to start? Check out the Local Foods and Sustainability Attractions section on our website. 

You can also find more farms, stores, and farmers' markets through these resources:
CNY Fresh
Cornell Cooperative Extension Guide to the Finger Lakes
Farmers' Market Federation of New York
NOFA NY Organic Farms Guide
Pure Catskills Guide

Broome County Regional Farmer's Market

Chef Ann Foundation
Project Produce: Fruit & Veggie Grants for Schools. No application deadline.
Learn more here.

United States Department of Agriculture
Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program: Applications close December 12, 2016
Learn more here. 

George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation  
Quarterly application deadline: December 31, 2016. Learn more here.

Park Foundation
Proposal submission deadline by January 6, 2017. Learn more here. 

Community Foundation of South Central New York
Small Grants: January 15, 2017. Learn more here.

New York State New Farmer's Grant Fund 
Applications must be postmarked by January 27, 2017. Learn more here. 

Annie's Grant for Gardens
School Garden Grant, applications reopened in November 2016. Learn more here.

Organizational Members

Broome County Council of Churches
Broome County Health Department
Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service
Cayuga Lake Food Buyers
Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) 
Chenango County Health Department
Chenango County United Way, Inc 
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 County Hunger Coalition 
Tioga Opportunities
Tompkins County Food Distribution Network
United Health Services (UHS)
VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments
Individual Members

Susan Adair
Diane Albrecht
Richard Andrus
Donna Bates
Mark Bordeau
Jeanne M. Darling
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

Diane Albrecht & Jerry Albrecht 
Greg Albrecht & Victoria Zeppelin
Susan Beaudoin
Blackbird Bakery
Elizabeth Bossong
Christina Boyd 
Care Manage for All
Chenango County United Way
Chobani, LLC
Closer to the Heart Farms 
Creekside Acres Farm/The Creekside Cook
Dutch Hill Creamery
Diane Crews
Ray & Ann Denniston
Nancy Eckstrom
Engelbert Farms, LLC
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Farm House Brewery
Fidelis Care New York
Katelyn Gascon
Matthew Griffin
Galaxy Brewing Company
Johan Jelsma

The Kitchen Store, Inc.
Kate Miller-Corcoran
Larry and Denise Moore
Lourdes Hospital
Amelia LoDolce  
Suzanne Lewis
Glenda Neff
Old Barn Hollow Farm Market
The Owego Kitchen
Janice Parker
Peaceful by Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Charles & Mary Place
Maggie Reeger
Regional Access
Jack Salo
Shared Roots Farm 
Stone Horse Farm 
Bob & Linda Seeger
Slope Farms
Doris Summerlee
Greg Summerlee
Lauren Tonti
United HealthCare
United Health Services (UHS)
Shawn Yetter
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Facebook Page
Food & Health Network Website
Food & Health Network Website

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