New Yorkers in schools and communities will participate in Farm to You Fest the week of Sept. 27.
Officially known as New York Harvest for New York Kids week, the event celebrates the availability of locally grown food, according to a news release from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
âFarm to You Fest is such a rewarding event for the entire agriculture community,â Patrick Hooker, the stateâs agriculture commissioner, said in the release. âEvents like this showcase some of our 36,600 farm families in the classroom and in the cafeteria.â
As part of the weeklong promotion, school foodservice directors, teachers, parents and others are encouraged to organize activities for students, according to the release. Some schools mark the occasion by featuring New York products on menus, while other schools stage recipe contests and health fairs. Some schools also invite growers to be guest speakers or take students on agricultural field trips, according to the release.
âWe encourage everyone to take part in your local Farm to You Fest and learn about the significant contribution agriculture makes to our health, environment and economy,â Hooker said.
Last year, 80 New York school districts attended by more than 80,000 students participated in the Farm to You Fest, according to the agriculture department.