New York Announces Grape-to-School Pilot Program for Concord Grapes
New York has announced a new Grape-to-School program in which 10 school districts will serve NYS Grown & Certified Concord grape juice through the end of the school year. In addition, the participating districts will provide educational activities and taste tests to promote New York agriculture and expand locally sourced products on school menus. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is working in partnership with American Farmland Trust, through New York State’s collaborative Farm-to-Institution initiative, on the pilot program. More than 65 additional districts across the state will also be serving the local grape juice to help achieve local food purchasing goals.