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Food Systems Curriculum

Cornell Cooperative Extension educators, along with food systems stakeholders across New York State, are invited to join the inaugural cohort participating in the Cornell Cooperative Extension Food Systems curriculum through the eCornell platform! 


This curriculum is comprised of ten modules, spanning a broad overview of food systems across the state to understand the role that land access, urban agriculture, public health, farm-to-school, support of value-added production, and labor and workforce regulations play in our food system. We also explore how food systems policy happens at a local and state level, and how it informs the work we do. 


Each module features content, resources, and video reflections from campus researchers and CCE staff across the state highlighting various programs and resources. Participants will gain access to resources and network with campus and other stakeholders across the state to help create stronger food systems programming leveraging the CCE system. Throughout the online curriculum, students will be challenged to reflect on module content through their current county activities, as well as generate an informal work plan to integrate lessons learned to create stronger programming and/or relationships.


Whether you are engaged in supporting production agriculture, market-based programs (farmers markets, value-added production, Taste NY), 4-H and youth development, farm business management, public health, nutrition and access, and preservation, or any other aspect of the food system across the state, or you just want to grow professionally, this curriculum is for you!


The cohort will meet weekly starting on March 15th with a weekly virtual debriefing with a facilitated discussion of that module’s action plan questions. The cohort experience will kick off on Feb 27th to introduce everyone to the eCornell platform, walk through the various interactive components of the curriculum, and discuss expectations for participation. The debriefs will take place on the following dates at 9am via Zoom:


  • March 15th: Food Systems Fundamentals

  • March 22nd: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging in the Food System

  • March 29th : Food Systems Policy & Building Relationships

  • April 5th : Farm Labor & Workforce Development

  • April 12th: CCE Work in Practice

  • April 19th: Support of Value-Added Producers

  • April 26th: The Role of Public Health in Food Systems

  • May 3rd: Farm to School

  • May 10th : Community-Based Agriculture

  • May 17th : Land Access


We anticipate that the time commitment for participation will be ~ 3 hours per module (per week), and then engaging and reflecting on the content, as well as the module action plan to help strengthen your programming and create stronger local and regional relationships. You can put in the amount of time you need to absorb the content. 

The cost to participate in this cohort experience is $175. We invite you to apply using this link. The application link will be open until February 4th and an announcement will be made by Feb 9th for this cohort. An invoice and payment will be generated to hold your spot in the cohort. 

Questions regarding the curriculum or cohort experience can be directed to Vicki Giarratano (vlg4) and Laura Biasillo (lw257).

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