Contact: Laurie Davis, Anita Deming, Adirondack Harvest, 518-962-4810
Making Farm to School Connections: Learn How at Paul Smith’s
Farmers, local food wholesalers, school superintendents, cafeteria
managers and staff, nutritionists, nurses, school board leaders, and
anyone interested in connecting local food producers with regional
schools will want to be at the Monday, November 17th Farm to School
Connections: Bringing Local Food to Your School 10 am to 2 pm workshop
in the Pine Room of the Joan Weill Student Center at Paul Smith’s
College. Pre-register with Adirondack Harvest at 518-962-4810 x402 or
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“Those attending this event will leave with resources, tools and
information that will help them get involved in the exciting opportunity
to provide and serve local foods in the Adirondack Harvest region of
northern New York,” says Adirondack Harvest coordinator Laurie Davis.
“We hope this event inspires the development of local coalitions that
will put local food into school cafeterias across the region.”
Davis says there are many reasons to serve local foods in local schools.
“The fresh, flavorful, plant-ripened, unwaxed produce is more likely to
be eaten by students. Local produce is high in nutrition value and uses
less packaging which reduces waste and fewer miles from the field to the
cafeteria reduces fossil fuel consumption and air pollution,” Davis
says. “Food service directors are in a perfect position to lead the
charge toward childhood well-being through better eating habits.”
School food service directors and superintendents at the workshop will
take away lists of local wholesalers willing to work with schools and
attendees interested in making farm-to-school connections across the
Adirondack Harvest region. Farmers will leave with the names of school
officials interested in purchasing locally-produced food products.
Anita Deming, Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of
Essex County where Adirondack Harvest is housed, says, “Farm to School
is more than buying local food. It also includes teaching about food
systems, growing and preparing food at school, farmer visits to school
and school visits to farms, tasting local foods events, and other
harvest events. The more our students know about where their food,
nutrition and food systems come from, the better choices they will make
throughout their lives.”
Joining Davis on the
day’s speaking agenda will be representatives of Cornell University,
Paul Smith’s College, Keene Central School, the North Country Grown
Cooperative, Adirondack Harvest, and local food distributors.
New York State
Department of Agriculture and Markets representative Ann McMahon will
talk about state regulations regarding the purchasing of local foods by
schools and assistance available for growers interested in marketing to
schools and colleges.
Shawn Glazier of
Glazier Packing Company, Malone, NY, will talk about sourcing and
distributing local products. Glazier’s food distribution history dates
back to 1903. Today, the sausage maker and distribution service employs
Mouillesseaux-Kunzman of the Community and Rural Development Institute
at Cornell University is a co-author of “Farm to School in the
Northeast: Making the Connection for Healthy Kids and Healthy Farms.”
She will talk about a variety of tools and resources available for
farmers, food service professionals, teachers and others helping to make
connections between farms and educational institutions in their
communities and region.
Mouillesseaux-Kunzman will also lead workshop participants through an
exercise designed to help them begin to plan or enhance their own farm
to school/college initiatives.
Patrick J. Clelland,
general manager of Sodexho campus services at Paul Smith’s College, will
highlight his use of local foods at the college dining facilities.
Keene Central School
Superintendent Cynthia Johnston, Cafeteria Manager Julie Holbrook and
Bunny Goodwin, a community member and the school’s composting project
organizer will talk about their local foods efforts that include using
locally grown fruits and vegetables, a school garden and plans for a
Holbrook says, “I
believe in incorporating fresh food into our school menus and these
local initiatives will allow us to serve local food year ‘round.”
Farm to school
connections in the Canton area of St. Lawrence County will be the
workshop topic of representatives of the farmer-owned and operated North
Country Grown Cooperative. The cooperative members produce fruit,
vegetables, honey, bison, chicken, turkey, pork and maple products.
Cooperative Manager Sue Rau will share tips for building relationships
with educational institutions.
Davis says she
expects most of the conference attendees from all eight Adirondack
Harvest counties (Essex, Franklin, Clinton, St. Lawrence, Jefferson,
Lewis, Hamilton and Warren). Recent outreach has begun to strengthen the
Adirondack Harvest participation and benefits regionwide.
Adirondack Harvest is a non-profit community-based local farms and foods
program with county-level chapters and farmer/grower, government,
Extension restaurant, store owners, economic developers and consumer
members throughout the Northern New York region. The program promotes
local foods participation by food buyers, and sellers and consumers,
through marketing brochures, a website, maps, exhibits, events and
Learn more about regional agriculture at www.adirondackharvest.org and
on the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program website at
www.nnyagdev.org. Farm to
School resources are also found at
http://www.prideofny.com/farm_to_school.html . The Farm to School
Connections workshop is sponsored by Adirondack Harvest and Paul Smith’s
College ( www.paulsmiths.edu ).
Pre-register with Adirondack Harvest at 518-962-4810 x402 or email
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