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Category Archives: Local Farms and Food

Crafting a Healthy Food Economy to Reduce Obesity

David Haight, New York State Director for American Farmland Trust (AFT), joined Tanya Fields of BLK Projek to present Healthy Food System, Healthy People, Healthy Economies at the Healthy Community Development Conference in Rochester last month. The conference was hosted by Designing a Strong and Healthy New York (DASH NY), a coalition coordinated by the New York Academy of […]

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American Farmland Trust, Beekman 1802, and Culinary Institute of America Host Film Screening for Students

NO FARMS NO FOOD: THE FIRST SEASON Farmers and chefs have a lot in common. Farmers grow food. Chefs prepare food. They are vital links in our food chain. American Farmland Trust, the Fabulous Beekman Boys and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) are screening The First Season,  a powerful documentary film about dairy farming, […]

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American Farmland Trust Receives Grant To Expand Local Markets For Farmers Through Farm To Institution New York State Partnership

The Local Economies Project  of the New World Foundation has awarded American Farmland Trust (AFT) a grant of $200,000 to enable the Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS) partnership to create new economic opportunities for New York’s farmers while improving the health of New Yorkers by increasing the amount of locally grown food served in institutions. “The […]

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Remembering Tom Ferraro, Founder of Foodlink, Member of FINYS Leadership Team

Thomas Ferraro, founder of Foodlink, one of the nation’s first food banks, died on February 11. Tom served on the Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS)   Leadership Team. “Tom was a visionary,”  said Glenda Neff, FINYS Coordinator for American Farmland Trust. He believed that Foodlink’s assets – its warehouse, kitchens, trucks, and most of all […]

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Governor Cuomo Signs Food Metrics Bill into Law

Governor Cuomo heard your call to increase economic opportunity for farmers by serving  nutritious locally grown food in state-run institutions and signed the Food Metrics Bill (S.4061  /A. 5102) into law yesterday. The new law requires state agencies to establish a robust food purchasing, tracking and reporting system that will provide baseline data about money […]

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