Broome County Announces Details of Plant It Forward Program

Binghamton, NY – Broome County Executive Debbie Preston joined members of the Broome County Legislature, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier to announce details of the Plant It Forward Project that will be starting soon.

It’s a public private partnership that sees local businesses grow food on County property that will be distributed to food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the Binghamton area.

“We know there are families throughout our community that struggle to put healthy, nutritious food on the table,” says Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.  “This project not only helps that problem, but it allows local businesses to give back to our community.”

Local businesses can adopt a 3x3 planter in the courtyard between the Broome County Courthouse and Family Court.

Seedlings and helpful information in the care and growing of the vegetables will be provided to businesses participating. Local businesses are asked to lend their hands and time to grow and maintain their adopted garden.”

Any produce harvested will be collected, used and distributed in nutrition education/cooking workshops held at local food pantries and soup kitchens.

“This project is so exciting because after our class has ended, people can take their vegetables home and put what they learned into practices. This is a grassroots effort to improve health through diet among those that have limited access to nutritious foods” says registered dietitian nutritionist Elisa Bernardo, from the Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables Program through the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.

“Plant it Forward is an idea that has bloomed into action – making environmental changes in our local community to provide community members with healthy, nutritious foods” says Kelly White, Supervising Environmental Nutritionist, from the Eat Smart New York program through Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Businesses interested will be selected on a first come, first served basis as space in the courtyard is limited.

Interested businesses should contact Kelly White at Cornell Cooperative Extension for more information or to sign up.

She can be reached by calling (607) 584-9965 or by e-mail at

The deadline is April 10th.


03/29/2016 - 3:41pm