Cows graze at North Country Creamery
Image by Ben Stechschulte and Essex Farm Institute

Cows graze at North Country Creamery in Keeseville, NY

Tomato Cucumber Salad
Image by Bobbie-Jean Fish

Local tomato & cucumber salad

Farm to Institution

Farm to Institution programs provide local farmers and food producers with an opportunity to sell their products to a wide range of new markets. These institutions include hospitals, colleges and universities, prisons and jails, senior and retirement communities, senior meals sites, early child care centers, and K-12 schools. Meals made with local food provide consistent nutritious foods to improve health outcomes for some of the most vulnerable communities including children and seniors.  

These programs can also include other components such as classroom lessons in schools related to local food, agriculture, and nutrition, farm visits, trips to farmers markets, managing on site fruit, vegetable and pollinator gardens, taste tests, cooking demonstrations, and the creation of work place CSA's. 

Our Farm to Institution program works with institutions in Clinton, Essex, and Franklin Counties. Please reach out if you would like to source more local food or have our Educator conduct programming at your facility. If you are a farm who would like to begin selling local food to institutions, please reach out or sign up to be listed on the Adirondack Harvest Wholesale Database.

The Farm to Institution program is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture's Local Food Promotion Program Grant. 


Meghan Dohman, M.S.
Farm to Institution Resource Educator
518-962-4810 x405

Last updated January 9, 2023