Jess Barbini, our Farm to School Coordinator, was invited back to the Northeast Farm to School Institute this past June as the team coach for Trumansburg Middle School! Nestled on a beautiful piece of Vanderbuilt property, Shelburne Farms is a gorgeous setting to make connections and dive deeper into farm to school. The team spent 3 days in the Lake Champlain countryside engaging with presenters, intensive workshops, and each other as a newly formed committee
Congressman Antonio Delgado visited Sidney CSD earlier this month to learn more about their farm to school program. He toured the school's aquaponics system, elementary garden, high school garden, and summer camps.
Kevin Brouillard, Farm to School AmeriCorps member with Sidney CSD, tends to leafy greens in a hoop house at Sidney's campus. This year, Sidney has doubled the size of its high school production garden and installed a plastic hoop house at the elementary school.
Developing Community Food Systems
The Downtown Binghamton Courtyard Market officially started last month! Relaunching the market was a combined effort of Rural Health Network, VINES, the City of Binghamton, multiple Binghamton businesses, and several community members. It will be held every Thursday, until the end of October from 3:30-6:30 at the Metrocenter Courtyard in Downtown Binghamton. The market is a space for community members to shop for goods grown or produced in a 50 mile radius by craftsman, farmers, and businesses. Are you a municipality, organization, or resident interested in assistance with your community food project? Contact Tom Lewis, Community Food Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how we can support you!
Maggie Caroompas, Farm to School AmeriCorps member with the Food and Health Network, joined the Kids' Farmers Market last month to sample a healthy snack. The market is hosted every Thursday from 12-1 at Common Ground Christian Community Center in Owego. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier supplies the market with produce such as green beans, zucchini, apples, plums, and more for children and their parents who stop in over the summer. Families enjoyed a fruit salad with a creamy dressing, while picking out their free fruits and vegetables.
The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market and Cooperstown Lions Club are partnering to help local SNAP recipients increase their spending power at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. The Lions are donating $2,000 per year, for two years, toward the SNAP Match program with the hopes of getting more fresh local foods into the hands of SNAP recipients. SNAP recipients requesting EBT coins from the Market Manager will be allotted SNAP Match Vouchers of up to $15 per week. These vouchers can be used for any SNAP eligible food items available at the Market. Learn more by visiting our Food for Thought blog!
The Trump Administration has proposed a rule that would take away SNAP from three million people. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as the first line of defense against hunger. The Trump administration’s proposed rule would take away SNAP’s critical food assistance from 3 million people who are struggling to make ends meet. Learn more and submit a comment through Feeding America here.
Photo taken by Erica Miner at the Owego Kids' Farmers Market
News from Our Network
Last month, Rural Health Network launched a new websiteand acapital campaign to support purchase and renovation of our headquarters at 455 Court Street.
CADE is looking for farmers and food entrepreneurs to take their new survey on crowd source funding and other alternative capital investment sources for local farm and food businesses.
CHOW is hiring for a Mobile Grocery Store Driver/Manager to manage the stocking, transportation and operation of their Mobile Grocery store. Learn more and apple here.