the farm to school committee is - Passi onate - ABOUT GROWING FARM TO SCHOOL!
ANNE RICH Food Service Director Hamburg Central Schools Anne has been serving WNY families in Child Nutrition for over 29 years. She is committed to implementing a strong Farm to School program that brings fresh, delicious and nutritious meals to Hamburg students, while supporting the local farmers and economy.
CHERYL THAYER Ag Economic Development Specialist Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY
As we kick off a new membership year, the NYSNA Farm to School Committee is ready to help you further farm to school across the state and within your school district. The 2020-2021 Committee
Cheryl’s portfolio of work is centered on strengthening and fostering local food systems – for the betterment of value chain partners, the community, and the environment. She is incredibly passionate about farm to school for two primary reasons. First, she believes that institutions, through their purchasing power, have an incredible opportunity to foster economic growth for regional farmers and food producers. Second, as an innate believer that good food is medicine, she is energized by the opportunity to ensure youth receive healthier foods and that they are given opportunities to forge a deeper connection with the source of their food.
We are passionate about farm to school! Throughout this membership year, we will highlight farm to school across New York State in various ways, including: Farm to School Awards Yearly Partnership Award in Collaboration with New York State Agriculture and Markets. Fresh Bites Magazine Articles Highlighting the great farm to school initiatives! Coordinating Meeting Collaboration with New York State Agriculture and Markets of Farm to School Advocates across the State. Partnerships Through our Core Partnership with the National Farm to School Network Involvement Through involvement on the Northeast Farm to School Collaborative, Farm to Institution New York State Leadership Team, and Cornell University Farm to School Program Work Team
Our goals are to showcase all the Farm to School efforts in New York State and provide guidance to strengthen farm to school efforts. If you ever have any Farm to School stories or trainings you would like to share with members, feel free to reach out to Julie at email@example.com. Be sure to check out some recent guidance released by jointly by the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets regarding the 30% NYS Initiative during the 2020-2021 School Year. It is found under Frequently Asked Questions for the 30% NYS Initiative during the 2020-2021 School Year.
JULIE RAWAY Registered Dietitian Broome-Tioga BOCES Julie grew up on a dairy farm in Skaneateles, NY and have always LOVED food especially local food. She literally plans her vacations around farmers markets, local restaurants, and anything else to do with food. Julie currently works with 15 school districts in the Southern Tier of New York State where they implement NY Thursdays, a menu that highlights NY foods twice a month.
ROSEMARIE HANSON Food Service Director Trumansburg Central School District Rose grew up going to the State Fair every summer and the Syracuse Regional Market every weekend and loves going to the farmer’s markets to this day. Rose is continuing to source at least 30% of the district’s food purchases from local and NY sources, and looks forward to growing connections between students and their local farmers and food producers.
Food Service Director Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES
Kate has been working with the Oneida Herkimer Madison BOCES Food Service Program since early 2009. She has worked closely with a group of regional partners to create the Mohawk Valley Farm to School Initiative (MVFTS). Together, the team helps regional schools, especially those in her own OHM BOCES Food Service Program, procure and serve more products that have been grown and raised in New York State. Kate loves running, hiking, traveling, being outdoors and spending time in the Adirondacks with her husband and two girls. As her youngest daughter enters kindergarten and her oldest enters 2nd grade, she realizes now, more than ever, how important it is to continue to improve and change the food culture in our schools, homes and communities.
Additional Farm to School assistance and a support providers contact list can be found on the Harvest NY Website.
Harvest NY Site
JULIE RAWAY, MPH, RDN, CDN, SNS, FAND • CHAIR
Julie grew up on a dairy farm in Skaneateles, NY and has always loved food especially local food. She plans her vacations around farmers markets, restaurants, and anything else to do with food. Julie is the Registered Dietitian at Broome-Tioga BOCES where she works with 15 school districts in the Southern Tier of New York State who implement NY Thursdays, a menu that highlights NY foods twice a month. Julie is passionate about connecting farms to schools, creating opportunities for students to learn and enjoy food!
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