Glenda Neff helps 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 coalition to raise awareness and build citizen support for New York's farms and foods. 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. 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.
Neff earned a B.A. from State University of New York Empire State College.