Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Support state legislation making it easier for schools to buy locally

One of the challenges for local farmers trying to sell directly to schools has been in the way certain state regulations are written.

State Assemblywoman Addie Russell has introduced Assembly bill A6182.  Its companion bill in the  N.Y. Senate is bill S6731.  These bills would lift a waiver requirement for school districts to purchase food from small cooperatives of more than 10 members.  The bill is well on it's way through various State Government committees.  

Having this bill become law would make it easier for school districts to buy local food and would have obvious benefits for growers and students statewide.

If you are in touch with your local Assembly member or State Senator, via Facebook, phone, or e-mail, please urge them to support these bills.