Whitney Point gets USDA support for edible garden project

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $12 million in Farm to School Grants this year, announcing awards to 176 grantees, the most projects funded since the program began in 2013.

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Among the newest initiatives slated to receive funds: Whitney Point Farm to School.

The program was granted $50k to implement an Edible Garden project at Tioughnioga Riverside Academy. This will impact approximately 540 students in grades 4-8.

Project partners include the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome Academy, Broome-Tioga BOCES, WP Greenery and Growing Gardens.

USDA also released new data showing the recent growth of farm to school efforts nationwide:

  • Nearly two-thirds (65%) of school districts and/or local entities responsible for school meals participated in farm to school activities during school year 2018-2019;
  • More than half (57%) began within the past three years.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland County was granted nearly $100k back in December 2018 to support “Farm to School” operations.

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