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Food and Health Network Releases 2019 Year in Review!

2019 brought many exciting changes and growth for the Food & Health Network. This growth has allowed us to expand programs and deepen regional 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.

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Food Stories: Black Foodways

Thank you again for celebrating National Farm to School Month with our weekly themes of Go Outside!, Get Cooking!, Food Stories, and our Trick and Treat finale! While National Farm

“Thank You, School Food Heroes!” Video

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges for us all throughout the past year. This is particularly true for school food service staff who have continued offering meals to students

National Farm to School Month (week 4): Trick and Treat contest

Thank you for your commitment to Farm to School throughout October! Farm to School Month may be officially over, but the fun never ends! Check out the winners of our

National Farm to School Month (week 3): Food Stories Recipes

Thank you for your commitment to Farm to School throughout October! Although the third week of October is complete, there is always more to learn and explore through food. Food

National Farm to School Month (week 3): Food Stories Part 1

Our third week of celebrating National Farm to School Month is here! Check out our new resources with our week 3 theme: Food Stories! Food Stories was chosen as a

National Farm to School Month (week 2): Get Cooking!

Our second week of celebrating National Farm to School Month is up! Check out our new resources with our week 2 theme: Get Cooking! Thank you, Fruit and Vegetable Prescription

National Farm to School Month (week 1): Go Outside!

Our first week of celebrating National Farm to School Month is up! Check out our new resources, created by the Farm to School Team, with our week 1 theme: Go

Fall Updates from Our Team

We are excited to welcome a new intern to the Food & Health Network Team. Allison Chang will be joining us during her Fall 2020 semester at Cornell University, where

The Downtown Binghamton Courtyard Market Opens for the Season!

The Downtown Binghamton Courtyard Market opened for the season on July 7th. The market is a collaboration between the City of Binghamton, Rural Health Network, VINES, and several local businesses. Thomas

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New FVRx Vendors Come Aboard!

Stoughton Farm Store, located on Route 38 in Newark Valley, is open from Monday to Saturday from 9am-6pm, and Sunday from 9am-5pm. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are

Farm and Food Business Directory

At Rural Health Network, we understand things are rapidly changing and recognize the need for a collaborative solution that will provide consumers accurate information about local food availability while giving

February News from Our Network

The Farmers Market Federation of NY is seeking an assistant director. The Assistant Director will provide leadership for programs that support farmers markets in New York State. This individual is

Benefits of Farm to School: Part 3 – Communities Win!

Farm to School strengthens communities by providing multiple opportunities to build family and community engagement. While students and farmers benefit educational and economic growth opportunities from farm to school programs,

January News from Our Network

Job Opportunities Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY program is hiring a Farm to Institution Coordinator. The coordinator will be responsible for contributing to the program development, delivery, assessment, and evaluation to support

Benefits of Farm to School: Part 2 – Kids Win!

Farmers, kids, and communities benefit from farm to school programs. Benefits to farmers, covered in a previous post, included significant financial opportunities resulting from local procurement. The benefits to kids

Tray Waste: Observing Habits, Implementing Solutions

What is tray waste? Tray waste, as the name implies, is the amount of food waste left behind on a student’s tray at lunch or breakfast at school. In an

Benefits of Farm to School: Part One – Farmers Win!

In a series of posts, we will highlight some of the many positive effects of farm to school programs, such as the NY Thursdays program facilitated by the Food and

The Food as Medicine Summit

Over 150 stakeholders from across NY and PA gathered in Binghamton on November 6th for the Rural Health Network’s Food as Medicine Summit! Throughout the day attendees learned about innovative

November News from Our Network

Cornell Cooperative Extension Steuben is hiring for SNAP-Ed Senior Nutritionist Regional Supervisor! You can find more information about this position by clicking here. VINES: Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, in Binghamton,

Volunteer Generation Fund Training Offers Learning and Connection

Authored by: Tom Lewis One of my main roles as Community Food Coordinator is to provide capacity building and technical assistance to partner organizations throughout our service area. Much of

Meet Hannah Taggart, Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program VISTA!

Hannah’s role with the Food and Health Network will consist mostly of communications, resource development, and data collection for the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program. She will also be focusing

St. Anthony’s Pre-K Students Engage with Farm to School

Nicole Kaczmarczyk, a Farm to School AmeriCorps member, visited The Learning Center at St. Anthony’s in Endicott to facilitate a Farm to School activity. Pre-K students helped chop up apples

Taste Tests: Engagement, Experience, Feedback

School districts across the country get involved in the farm to school movement by engaging in taste tests! They are held in the classroom, or in the cafeteria during student

Our Farm to School Team is Growing!

Kevin Brouillard, Farm to School AmeriCorps Member, is soon completing his term. Check out Kevin's goodbye message: The past nine months serving as a Farm to School Corps member have

Food as Medicine Summit: November 6th

DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Binghamton 225 Water Street, Binghamton, NY 13901 Registration Deadline: Friday, November 1st! The Food as Medicine Summit will bring together regional stakeholders around the critical connections

October is Farm to School Month! Check out our exciting updates!

Jessica Barbini, Farm to School Coordinator and Jamie Henry, Program Assistant VISTA, visited Newark Valley High School to taste test a brand new Farm to School recipe! Students tried elotes,

Vestal Farmers’ Market Partners to Offer FVRx Program!

The Food and Health Network team took a field trip to the Vestal Farmers' Market last week to speak with Lisa Bloodnick, the Vestal Market Manager. Lisa told us that

Cooperstown Utilizes Community Partnerships to Increase Food Access!

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,

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

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