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SOFSA is a network of food system stakeholders and a catalyst for change. 

Our mission is to strengthen our food system so that it works for all people in Syracuse and Onondaga County. We bring communities together to foster relationships, develop projects, align resources, and advocate for policies to improve the health of our neighbors and our environment.

In addition to our mission, SOFSA is deeply committed to transformative change and aims to embed these values at every level of our work. Our Equity & Justice Statement articulating these values is a central piece of our council’s bylaws and its day-to-day operations.

This statement was collaboratively developed by SOFSA’s Equity, Inclusion, and Accountability Committee with input from the Advisory Board. The statement is included in SOFSA’s bylaws which were ratified by the membership on October 28, 2023.

SOFSA Annual Reports

SOFSA Advisory Board

Maria Bianchetti


Leah DeRosa

Plum & Mule Community Market

Beth DuBois

United Church of Fayetteville

Amy Grover

Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, Syracuse Grows

David Knapp

 Onondaga County Legislature,
Onondaga Agriculture Council

Adol Mayen

Syracuse Neighborhood & Business Development

Emilija Postolovska

CenterState CEO

Caitlin Toomey

Upstate University Hospital

Ethan Tyo

Binghamton University

Curtis Waterman

Onondaga Nation Farm


Maura Ackerman

Tim Bryant

Community Liaison

Charles Carrier

Urban Agriculture Intern

Maya Castro

Food Policy & Civic Engagement Intern

Avalon Gupta VerWiebe

Equity, Inclusion, & Engagement Manager

Laura Jayne

Health Justice & Evaluation Intern

Kayla Miller

Affinity Group Intern

Micah Orieta

Food Systems & Network-Building Organizer

Elise Springuel

Onondaga Food Rescue Network Liaison

Brittany Taylor

Senior Community Liaison

Rhonda Vesey

Community Liaison

Jon Wilson

Mable Wilson

Community Liaison



  • Brady Farm
  • Hudson Egg Farms
  • Jubilee Homes Southwest Community Learning Farm
  • Onondaga Earth Corps
  • Onondaga Nation Farm
  • Refugee and Immigrant Self- Empowerment (RISE) Syracuse
  • Salt City Harvest Farm


  • Brady Market
  • CNY Regional Market Authority
  • Farm to Fork 101
  • Food Bank of Central New York
  • Salt City Market (Allyn Family Foundation)
  • Syracuse Cooperative Market
  • Syracuse City School District Food & Nutrition Services


  • Onondaga County Agriculture Council
  • Onondaga County Health Department
  • Onondaga County Legislature
  • Onondaga County Soil & Water District
  • Syracuse-Onondaga County Planning Agency


  • St. Joseph’s Health
  • SUNY – ESF
  • Syracuse University – Nutrition & Food Studies
  • Syracuse University – Community Geography
  • Upstate Medical University


  • American Heart Association
  • CenterState CEO
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Farm Bureau of Onondaga County
  • Greater Syracuse H.O.P.E.
  • Healthcare Education Project
  • HealtheConnections
  • Northeast Organic Farming Association – NY
  • Syracuse Grows
  • Transforming Communities Initiative Syracuse


Remembering Evan Weissman (1978–2020)

Advocate, Educator, Justice-Seeker

Evan Weissman was a driving force behind the formation of SOFSA and a tireless advocate for building a thriving food system in Onondaga County. Our partnership’s ongoing work to fulfill this vision is just one of the many pieces of the enduring legacy of the life Evan lived and the values he held so deeply. We will be forever grateful for his many contributions to the cause of food justice in Syracuse and well beyond its borders.
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