New York State (FINYS) Coordinator/Senior field advisor
Glenda Neff joined American Farmland Trust as Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS) Coordinator/Senior Field Advisor. In this capacity, Neff is helping lead FINYS – a partnership of agriculture, economic development and public health interests working to scale up local food economies by expanding the volume of food grown in New York that is served in institutions, such as colleges, hospitals and schools.
Neff began her work with farm and food projects in the late 1970’s as an active member of the Syracuse Real Food Co-op and Northeast Organic Farmers Association of NY (NOFA-NY), expanding into policy and promotion of New York agriculture with the New York Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NYSAWG), and farmland protection activities in Wayne County, New York. While helping out on her neighbors’ farm, she formed and managed a Community Supported Agriculture buying club at her Syracuse workplace.
In 1997, Neff was hired as the first Executive Director of NY Farms!, a broad-based coalition to raise awareness and build citizen support for New York’s farms and foods. NY Farms! launched the first state-wide grassroots “Buy Local” campaign, supported regional projects such as Finger Lakes Culinary Bounty, and founded NY Farm to School. Since 2002, Neff has worked on projects to increase the purchasing of New York foods by school food service, restaurant chefs, food processors and distributors. With Development Services Associates, she has worked with NYS Maple Producers Association, the Watershed Ag Council, and Chefs Collaborative. Most recently, she served as a consultant to New York State’s Department of Agriculture and Markets on two pilot projects “Farm to Factory” and “Farm to Bakery,” helping to grow business connections among farmers, millers and distributors with food processors and bakeries in New York City.
112 Spring St., Suite 207
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866