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Farm to School brings Local Food to Students in Tompkins County

Tompkins County Farm to School



Tompkins Farm to School is hiring 2-3 interns and many adult volunteers for the 2021-22 and 2022-21 school years to help promote fresh fruits and vegetables to elementary school kids.

If you

have a passion for the environment,

like to cook,

are interested to learn more about gardening and sustainable agriculture and

can commit 3-6 hours each week to training and supporting Farm to School programs

then email us today! 

Young Adult InternsSee our internship description here. and email Baz at ebs20@cornell.edu to apply. 

Adult Volunteers:  Complete our volunteer interest form.



Tompkins County Farm to school is looking for farms to buy products from for this spring and for next year! If you have any questions or would like to get involved, contact Baz Perry at ebs20@cornell.edu. 

About Us

TCFTS is a countywide effort to enable schools in Tompkins County both to serve NY State farm-fresh products into their cafeterias and to raise student awareness of fresh farm foods!

TCFTS aims to provide resources and support, to help SFAs reach the procurement benchmark of 30% NY State food to qualify for a 25-cent per meal reimbursement under the terms of the NYS No Student Hungry legislation. To do so, TCFTS has created a coordinated buying strategy across School Food Authorities (SFAs) and aims to trains food service workers and auxiliary staff in the preparation and serving of local foods and supports the effective use of local produce. 

TCFTS also educates farmers and distributors about how to sell to schools and other institutions by providing the food safety measures, delivery options, and business services needed for proper compliance. 

In 2021, with support from the Park Foundation, TCFTS began its Fresh Food Crew program to educate area volunteers in garden and culinary education, furthering the mission to expose children to a variety of foods grown in New York and cultivating a lifelong appreciation for food, farming, and health. 

Interested in Online Farm to School Learning? Check out our compiled resources in our Google Drive HERE!

Our Funders

Tompkins County Farm to School is grateful for the funding and support of The Park Foundation to expand the Fresh Food Crew program, which serves local kids and schools through volunteer training and facilitation. Thank you! 

TCFTS was launched through a grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets from 2018-2020.  


Baz Perry
Agriculture and Food Systems Team Leader
(607) 272-2292 ext. 131

Last updated October 28, 2021