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 truly changed my career path and helped me create a community for myself at Sidney Central School District. I am happy to announce that I have been hired by Sidney to manage their Farm to School program for the 2019-2020 academic year. Fortunately, I’ll still be able to collaborate with the Food and Health Network team as we work to increase purchasing from local farms and integrate garden- and food-based education at Sidney. I owe a debt of gratitude to Jess, Erin, and Tom from the Food and Health Network for their support, guidance, and friendship these past several months. Also, I’d like to thank everyone at the Rural Health Network for inspiring me through their amazing community-oriented work.

On behalf of FaHN, we want to extend many thanks to Kevin for all of his hard work and dedication to his project. Everyone at the Food and Health Network is confident in his continued growth and success!

We are excited to welcome Nicole Kaczmarczyk, a new Farm to School AmeriCorps Member to the FaHN the team!

Nicole grew up in Broome County and is a Union-Endicott High School graduate. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Human Development from SUNY Geneseo.

Nicole enjoys working with children and is excited to become involved with local schools in an effort to educate students on healthier food options. She will be in contact with local farms, school districts, and other volunteers to help bridge the gap between school lunches and local produce. Her goal is to pursue a career in the health field and use what she learns from the Food and Health Network to help create healthier communities.

When she is not working at FaHN or Wilson Hospital, Nicole enjoys being outdoors, practicing yoga, and playing basketball.

We are excited to welcome another Farm to School AmeriCorps member to the team, Jabari Randolph!

Jabari Randolph is a Food and Health Network Farm to School Americorps member. His position with the FaHN involves working within local school districts to improve health outcomes through healthy food initiatives supported by local farms. In his role, Jabari also works to educate students on nutrition, incorporate fresh local produce into school lunches, and design activities around healthy eating.

Jabari was born in the Bronx, NY and raised in Westchester County. In December of 2018, he graduated from SUNY Broome Community College with an Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development at Binghamton University. He has some career background in mental health work and serving those with developmental disabilities.

Jabari has a vested interest in improving the lives of those in the community around him. He wishes to use the experiences he gains at the Food and Health Network of South Central New York to propel him into future nonprofit work, serving local communities through various intervention strategies. Through education and what he has learned during his year of service, he wants to work towards becoming a music therapist, and continue empowering communities and individuals using alternative methods.