Cornell is unique in that it sits within one of the most agricultural parts of the country. As a leading university, we have a duty to support students, staff, and the local community, and this can be done through food. By shopping locally while also keeping prices affordable, small farms can thrive while consumers enjoy nutritious, natural food.

A 2016 farmer's market held by the Dilmun Hill student farm.

Local and Regional Food Systems Guide

One of Cornell’s Library Resources is the Local and Regional Food Systems Guide (LRFSG). This guide includes resources from the growing body of research and information related to food systems and their role in the health and wellbeing of individuals, communities, regions, and nations. LRFSG’s resources address issues such as nutrition and health, food safety, food security, economics, environmental preservation, civic vitality, energy, and agriculture.

LRFSG also includes initiatives that focus on supporting local and regional food production, processing, distribution, consumption, and the cultural infrastructure needed to sustain these systems. Also included are specific resources and programs that have been created to assist growers, community developers, institutions, businesses, educators, researchers, and consumers in creating stronger, more resilient local and regional supply chains.

The Finger Lakes Meat Project

Locally Raised Meat Made Easy! The Finger Lakes Meat Project is the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins and Steuben Counties initiative to grow the freezer trade (sales of meat in bulk quantities such as whole, half, and quarter animals) to the benefit of both regional livestock farmers and consumers. The FLMP consists of educational efforts, an online directory of farms, and two community freezer storage locations called “Meat Lockers.”

Join a CSA!

With Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), you purchase a share and receive a weekly portion of the farm’s products.

Employees can choose any CSA they’d like to join or even join more than one depending on the items you want delivered. Also, did you know that Cornell students run an Organic Farm next to central campus called Dilmun Hill Student Farm? They offer CSA farm shares, too. 

Contact Sara Worden directly with questions and to sign up for a Full Plate Farm CSA.

Contact Anton directly with questions and to sign up for an Early Morning Farm CSA.


Contact Buried Treasures Farm directly with questions and to sign up for a Buried Treasures Farm CSA.


Contact Peter directly with questions and to sign up for a Just A Few Acres CSA.


Campus Pick Up


  1. East Hill Office Building (EHOB). Tanya Grove is the coordinator.

  2. Vet Research Tower (VRT). Cindy DeCloux is the coordinator.

  3.  Martha Van Rensselaer Hall (MVR). Lucy Pola is the coordinator.

Food in Our Community Resources

Cornell is a proud member of this organization, which unites students on college campuses to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campuses and communities and donating it to people in need.

Working together to build and sustain hunger-free communities throughout the Southern Tier by connecting donors to partner agencies, which in turn provide clients with the food they need to live happily and healthily.


Running almost entirely on volunteer support, this organization rescues fresh, nutritious food that would otherwise be thrown away from store and farms and redistributes it to neighbors in need.

Providing Tompkins County residents with a complete list of hosts which provide free food or prepared meals on any given day. Discover if you qualify for food stamps or WIC.