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.
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.