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October is Farm to School Month! A month designed to celebrate the growing connections between local farms and schools. Farm to School programs provide children the opportunity to taste test local food in the cafeteria, visit local farms, participate in nutritional education, and work in school based gardens. Locally the pilot New York Thursday project will provide five school districts in our community with lunches sourced from local food on the second Thursday of every month. Check out the October Menu by clicking on the NY Thursday logo below: 

To learn more about the benefits of Farm to School visit the resource guide on the National Farm to School Network's website. 

Don't forget to use the hashtags #farmtoschool or #F2SMonth to read about other organizations' successes and to share your own!

Farm to School Resources:

School Garden Networks Webinar: October 10, 1pm
Join School Garden Support Organizations (SGSO) from across the nation to learn about school garden networks. During this webinar, we will hear from model district-wide, regional, and state-wide school garden networks about how they are working to support communication, professional development opportunities, equity, advocacy, and networking in their regions. 
Register here.

New Report: Economic Impacts of Farm to School: A collaborative project of the National Farm to School Network and Colorado State University the report examines the economic impact of local purchasing and provides new insight into the potential for farm to school procurement to positively impact local economies. View the full report here. A webinar on Wednesday, October 11th at 12pm will be held by the National Farm to School Institute to examine the report and hear from experts and researches in the field. Register here.

NY Thursday Harvest Celebration at Tioga Central School District is a Success!

On September 21st, the Food & Health Network joined many partner organizations and community volunteers to celebrate the launch of the NY Thursday farm to school menu program with a Harvest Celebration at Tioga Central School District. The day served as an opportunity to celebrate the school’s Tiger Farm, a living learning lab where students can apply classroom lessons and learn where food comes from and the launch of the NY Thursday Pilot Program in the Southern Tier. The pilot program launched this September in five districts (Chenango Valley, Vestal, Whitney Point, Johnson City, and Tioga) and features a farm to school menu sourced from local farms and processors on the second Thursday every month.
FaHN values data-driven approaches to measure progress in agriculture and food access within our 8-county region. The purpose of the Community Garden & Urban Agriculture Report is to inventory the number and capacity of community and educational gardens, and urban agriculture initiatives in the FaHN region. According to our data, the number of community, educational, and urban gardens in our region increased from 104 to 115 in the last year.

Interested in learning more about regional garden locations, how you can get involved, or future funding opportunities? You can contact Tom Lewis at for more information.

From the National Farm to School Network: 

Last month, members of Congress took the first step toward a major win for local economies, farm families and the health of our nation’s children. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) introduced the bipartisan Farm to School Act of 2017

The two identical bills, originally introduced in the last Congress, build on the success of the farm to school movement by proposing an increase in funding from $5 million to $15 million for the highly successful USDA Farm to School Grant Program. The Farm to School Act of 2017 would also ensure that the grant program fully includes early care and education sites, summer food service sites, after school programs, and tribal schools and producers, while improving program participation from beginning, veteran and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. 

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Food Policy Resources:

#CommunityFood: Investing in the Future: October 12, 3:30pm 
This “Investing in the Future” webinar, the second of a four-part #CommunityFood series based on the findings of the "From the Ground Up: Inspiring Community Based Food Systems Innovations" report commissioned by the W.K. Kellogg's Foundation and produced by the Wallace Center. 
Register here.

The Affordability of MyPlate: An Analysis of SNAP Benefits and the Actual Cost of Eating According to the Dietary Guidelines: Researchers found the monetary amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits may be insufficient to support a healthy diet recommended by federal nutrition guidelines. Read it here. 
October 3 - 24th,  2017
Every Tuesday, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Exploring the Small Farm Dream: Is Farming Right for You?  
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, Binghamton, NY. 
Register Here.
October 12, 2017
Thursday, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Introduction to Permaculture
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY. Register here.
October 21, 2017
Saturday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Agriculture & Climate Change
Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming, Just Be Cause Center, Ithaca, NY. Register here.
October 25, 2017
Wednesday, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
From Recipe to Market
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, Food Venture Center of NY, TasteNY, Binghamton, NY. 
Learn more.
Save the Date!
NESAWG It Takes a Region Conference
November 9-11, 2017
Lord Baltimore Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland.
Learn more.

NOFA-NY 2018 Winter Conference 
January 19-21, 2018

Saratoga Hilton & City Center, Saratoga Springs, New York.
Learn more.
Chef Ann Foundation 
Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools: Applications ongoing and based on available funding. Learn more here.

Northeast SARE
Partnership grants deadline: October 17, 2017. Learn more here.

Community Foundation for Tompkins County
General letter of inquiry: October 18, 2017. Learn more here.

Decker Foundation
Application deadline: November 1, 2017. Learn more here.

Annie's Grants for Gardens
Application deadline closes November 11, 2017. Learn more here.

Community Foundation of South Central New York
Application deadline: November 15, 2017. Learn more here.

USDA Community Food Projects
Application deadline December 4, 2017. Learn more here.

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
Dick & Nancy Kuehnemund
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
Leatherstocking Collaborative Health Partners
Lourdes Hospital
The Owego Kitchen
Peaceful by Nature Farm
Regional Access
Shared Roots Farm 
Stone Horse Farm 
United HealthCare
United Health Services (UHS)
Vestal United Methodist Church
Organizational Members

Broome County Council of Churches
Broome County Health Department 
Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service
Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) 
Chenango County Health Department
Chenango County United Way, Inc 
Chenango Health Network
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 County Hunger 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
Kevin Millar
Peaceful By Nature Farm
Jeffrey Piestrak
Tony Preus
Amy Shapiro
Lauren Tonti
Rose Zonetti
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Food & Health Network Website
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