|Date:||January 27, 2021|
The Good Food Buffalo Coalition is working to bring institutional market opportunities to small farmers in New York State.
Institutions in New York State and around the country are being celebrated for innovative new approaches to increase their local food purchasing from small farms. School districts and hospitals are among the institutions that have been awarded Farm to School or Farm to Institution grants to source from small farmers, and many of them are successfully connecting local products to their consumers through those initiatives.
The Good Food Purchasing Program is a framework that allows public institutions to set goals, measure progress, and celebrate successes in increasing purchases of local, sustainable, healthy, fair, and humane food. Over the last nine years, the Program has been adopted by more than 43 institutions across the country, in institutions from schools and hospitals to correctional facilities and city agencies. There are strong institutional champions for the Program in New York State, such as the New York City Mayor’s Office and the Buffalo Public Schools.
On January 29, the Good Food Buffalo Coalition will host a Farmers & Legislators Forum for farmers to learn about opportunities to connect with institutional markets, including community support, grants, and training opportunities to support their farm businesses. New York State legislators and their staff will also have the opportunity to learn about local and state policies that communities are advocating for to support farmers in connecting with institutional markets.
The event will include:
January 29, 12:00 - 2:00 EST
Pre-register at: bit.ly/GFPP-NYSfarmersforum