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Food and Health Network Releases 2018 Year in Review!

2018 brought many exciting changes and growth for the Food & Health Network. From relocating our offices to Binghamton from Whitney Point and bringing on two new staff members, to expanding programs and deepening impact. We are proud to collaborate with more organizations , schools, farms, healthcare providers, and individuals than ever before as we continue to meaningfully impact health, food security, and communities across the region.

Recent News

Sidney Keeps Growing Farm to School!

Kevin Brouillard, Farm to School AmeriCorps member at Sidney CSD, has stayed busy over the summer! He is helping to support gardens located throughout the Sidney campus. This year, Sidney

Rainbow Cabbage Salad Receives Great Feedback!

We recently completed our final taste test of the year at Tioga Elementary School! We tested a Rainbow Cabbage Salad and received a lot of great feedback from students and

Clayton Ave Students Try Black Bean Brownies!

Black bean brownies sounded a little scary at first to some Clayton Ave Elementary students, but after trying them, they found they loved this healthy twist on a classic dessert!

Stakeholders Gather in Binghamton for Farm to School Meeting

On Thursday, May 23rd, farm to school coordinators, school food staff, and support organizations, gathered at the CCE Broome Agriculture Development Center in Binghamton for the annual NYS Farm to

First Graders at Sidney Elementary Roll Up Their Sleeves for Mother’s Day!

First graders at Sidney Elementary rolled up their sleeves to make wildflower seed bombs in preparation for Mother's Day. Students packed their seed bombs full of native wildflower seeds and

Rural Health Network Partners With BU to Host Poverty Simulations

Rural Health Network collaborated with Binghamton University’s Interprofessional Education (IPE) program to host three poverty simulations last month in the Mandela Room at BU! Food Bank of the Southern Tier

Homer Brink Students Get Their Hands Dirty for the Spartan Garden!

Last week, our Farm to School Corps Member, Maggie, helped students at Homer Brink Elementary School get seeds started for the Spartan Garden! Over the next month they will be

New York Thursday was “Double the Fun” in April!

Written by Maggie Caroompas NY Thursday was double the fun this month! Our Farm to School team held a taste test at Tioughnioga Riverside Academy with the help of 3

Sidney Students Sample “Cowboy Caviar”

Written by Kevin Brouillard:On March 21st, Sidney students sampled "cowboy caviar" - a mix of corn, tomatoes, onion, kidney beans, and black beans. In order to keep up with demand,

Sidney Hosts a Bean Growing Competition!

Written by Kevin Brouillard Fifth grade students at Sidney Elementary School in Mr. Gray’s gardening class are two weeks into the Big Bold Bounteous Blooming Bean Contest. Each student was

Homer Brink: The Maple Project

Written by Maggie Caroompas Last week, Homer Brink Elementary School in the Maine-Endwell School District completed the first step of their Maple Project! Students braved the cold to learn how

Sidney Students Enjoy a “Snack Attack”

Written by Kevin Brouillard:On February 14th, Sidney Elementary School students prepared and sampled bruschetta as part of the school's monthly "Snack Attack" taste test. Fifth graders took the lead on

Join us for Growing Health Forum: Community Ownership of the Food System with DC Greens!

Date: Thursday, February 21st Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension Broome County Agriculture Development Center Auditorium 840 Upper Front St., Binghamton, NY Do you volunteer in your local community? Are

Farm to School Taste Test

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 Farm to School Taste Test at Roosevelt Elementary! Location: Roosevelt Elementary School, 9 Ogden Street, Binghamton, NY We will be celebrating Farm to School as we hold

It’s Your Farm Bill Too!

Friday, August 24th, 2018 Farm Bill Forum from 5:30pm – 7pm Fresh Fridays $3 Dinners available from 5pm – 7pm Location: Southside Community Center, 305 South Plain Street, Ithaca, NY

Northeast Farm to School Institute at the Shelburne Inn, VT

Written by Jessica Barbini: Shelburne Farms is a 1,400 acre area of pastures, woodlands, gardens, and historic buildings  fixed along Lake Champlain that seeks to “inspire and cultivate learning for

Christian’s Goodbye Message

~ Reflecting back on the last twenty months I have spent here at FaHN and with the Rural Health Network, I ask myself: how can I begin to express my

VINES Farm Share in Whitney Point

VINES Farm Share, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program based in Binghamton, NY, initially began as the result of a 2012 study performed by the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship

April Spotlight: Sidney Central School District Gardens

In honor of National Garden Month, our April Spotlight are the Sidney Central School District’s Elementary School Gardens. Tom Lewis, our Food Access and Development Coordinator spoke with Josh Gray,

National School Breakfast Week Story

School breakfast fights hunger, improves nutrition, and empowers children to learn. In New York, 747,881 children participate daily in the school breakfast program. Learn more about school breakfast by visiting

Spotlight: DCMO BOCES

In January we announced that FaHN would be expanding our farm to school efforts into Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego Counties. Sidney Central School District was awarded a round three New

January Spotlight: Reflections on the 2017 Community Food Systems Conference

Written by: Tom Lewis UC Davis’ Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program defines a sustainable community food system as “a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption

December Spotlight: Bohemian Moon

The Food & Health Network hosted our third annual Partner Recognition Event on November 6th at the Bohemian Moon in Norwich, NY. The annual event brings together diverse stakeholders from

FaHN Releases 2017 Year in Review!

The 2017 Food & Health Network Year in Review is officially available online! The report contains updates on our programs and projects from the last year. Read the full Year

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

August Spotlight: Farm to School Team Travels to Shelburne, Vermont

The 2017-2018 Northeast Farm to School Institute kicked off with a retreat at the beautiful Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont during the last week of June. The institute is a

July Member Spotlight: Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service

Tom Lewis, FaHN VISTA, recently visited the Broome-Tioga BOCES Food Service office in Endicott, NY to speak with Ray Denniston, Special Projects Coordinator, and Julie Raway, MPH, RDN, CDN, SNS,

May Member Spotlight: CCE Tioga

Tom Lewis, FaHN VISTA sat down with Margaret Ball, Agriculture Development Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County (CCE Tioga) to learn more about her work and the different

National Garden Month Feature: Ithaca Children’s Garden

Written by Cristina Quinn: The Ithaca Children’s Garden has focused on positive youth development since 1998. As opposed to allotment-style gardens, ICG serves as an educational space and uses hands-on,

April Member Spotlight: Chenango United Way

Written by Elizabeth Monaco, Executive Director of Chenango United Way: In the summers of 2015 and 2016, the Greater Chenango Cares IRT project partnered with military service members to provide

March Member Spotlight: Cooperstown Farmers’ Market

Our March Member Spotlight is the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market located in Cooperstown, NY. The Market is a program of Otsego 2000, a non-profit, “founded in 1981 to protect the environmental,

FaHN Helps to Host MLK Day Poverty Simulation

The Food and Health Network of South Central NY collaborated with the Rural Health Service Corps and Food Bank of the Southern Tier Speakers Bureau to coordinate a successful poverty

Member Spotlight: Chenango County Health Department

Our Member Spotlight for the month of February is the Chenango County Department of Public Health. Tom Lewis, FaHN VISTA, sat down with Christina Arnold, a Health Educator with the

Students Say “Yes” to Kale

Throughout December, FaHN partnered with school districts across Broome and Tioga counties to hold taste tests featuring a fall kale salad made from local ingredients for students to sample during lunch

Farm Sponsor Spotlight: Shared Roots Farm

Our Farm Sponsor Spotlight is Shared Roots Farm in McGraw, NY. Tom Lewis, FaHN VISTA, spoke with Stephanie Roberts, a co-owner of the farm along with Bret Morris, to learn

Reflections from 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:

FaHN Releases 2016 Year in Review

We released the FaHN 2016 Year in Review at our annual member & sponsor recognition party on Oct. 20th. The report includes updates on many of the projects we've worked on this year, including: The release of our annual

Touring the Milky Way in Delaware County

Who knew the Milky Way was so close? To celebrate National Dairy Month, FaHN AmeriCorps members Maggie and Olivia participated in Catskills Family Creameries’ 4th Annual Milky Way Tour. For

Regional Access is Building a Strong Food Community

 Our Food and Health Network sponsor feature this month is Regional Access, based in Ithaca, NY. Asa Redmond, Vice President of Operations, shared information about the company his father started

Lessons Learned at Growing Health: Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities Forum

More than 75 people attended Growing Health. The Food & Health Network co-hosted Growing Health: Healthy Foods, Healthy Communities on April 7 with the Broome County

Food and Farming with the Creekside Cook

From Donalyn Ketchum, Creekside Acres & The Creekside Cook Creekside Acres in Berkshire, Tioga County is owned and operated by Larry & Donalyn Ketchum.  Long time gardeners, in 2015, they

Supporting Local Food and Brews at Galaxy Brewing Co.

Mike and Seth Weisel own Galaxy Brewing Company in Binghamton, NY. Mike was a home brewer for nearly 40 years, practicing and experimenting in his spare time.  Seth gained an

Increasing Local Food Procurement through Farm to Institution

Maggie Reeger, FaHN VISTA, spoke with Glenda Neff, an individual FaHN Sponsor and co-coordinator of Farm to Institution NYS (FINYS), to learn more about her efforts to increase local food procurement throughout

Action Alert: Support an Increase in Funding for Farm to School in New York State

It's time to urge New York State legislators to support the Farm to School Procurement Incentive in the 2016-2017 NYS Budget Proposals! This week, members of the New York School

Farm Sponsor Spotlight: Moore Family Organic Farm

Our January Farm Sponsor Spotlight is Moore Family Organic Farm in Lansing, NY. Maggie Reeger, FaHN VISTA, spoke with Larry Moore to learn about the farm and its contributions to

Sponsor Spotlight: The Kitchen Store

Our holiday Sponsor Spotlight is The Kitchen Store in Owego. Maggie Reeger, FaHN VISTA, spoke with the owner, Sue Michaels. About the store: The Kitchen Store, owned by Sue Michaels,

FaHN Sponsor Spotlight: Care Manage for All LLC

          Our Sponsor Spotlight this month is Care Manage for All LLC. Maggie Reeger, FaHN VISTA, interviewed Kim Evanoski, owner and President of Care Manage for All

Food News: SNAP Incentives Help Rural Communities, and an Economist Studies the Impact of CSA

Here are some recent news stories you might have missed: Altarum Institute: SNAP Incentives: A Win for Rural Communities A new report from the Fair Food Network (FFN) expands on

Farm Sponsor Spotlight: Peaceful by Nature Farm

Our farm spotlight this month is Peaceful by Nature Farm, owned and operated by Karen Hoffman and Jack Salo in Norwich, NY. History of the Farm: Jack and Karen both

Cultivating Food Justice: A Conversation on Closing the Hunger Gap

A few weeks ago, our Coordinator Erin Summerlee attended the 2015 Closing the Hunger Gap Conference in Portland, OR, with two friends from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier:

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