Farm to School Partnership Awards
Each year New York State Agriculture and Markets partners with New York State School Nutrition Association to recognize schools for their work on Farm to School Programs. OHM BOCES with focus in Waterville CSD was selected as a recipient of the award in the category of Building partnerships and Integrating Farm to School into Wellness Activities. The awards are presented to the winning districts during the NYSNA Legislative Action Conference held each January in Albany. This joint award is given each year for exceptional work completed by schools around the state.
There were 4 categories:
- Merchandising/ Promoting Local Foods.
- Working with Local Farms.
- Building partnerships and Integrating Farm to School into Wellness Activities.
- Distribution: finding creative ways to get or receive local farm products
The award criteria for judging:
- Transferability: should be able to be replicated in other districts or areas.
- Impact/Measurability: who and how did the submission impact the children, schools, farms and/or communities.
- Innovation: shows improved and creative ways to use local farm products.
- Sustainability: activity should be something that can be completed every year or demonstrate growth from one year to the next
The OHM BOCES Food Service Program is extremely proud of the partnerships we have built and, thanks to Waterville CSD our crucial partner, a lot important of work has been done to integrate Farm to School into the school wellness culture.Kate Dorr, Assistant Director of Food Service along with Tracy Leone, Waterville CSD Business Official and Farm to School Director attended the reception January 30 in Albany to accept the award from NYS Ag and Markets Deputy Commissioner Phil Giltner and Mark Bordeau, SNA Director at Large.