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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 in June 2021.

Learn more about SOFSA:

SOFSA Advisory Board

Brandy Colebrook

Director of Programs,
Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment(RISE)

LaToya Jones

Nurse & Regional Healthcare Organizer
Healthcare Education Project Syracuse

David Knapp

Chairman, Onondaga County Legislature
Co-Chair, Onondaga Agriculture Council

Christina Hudson Kohler

Egg Processing Manager,
Hudson Egg Farms

Jessi Lyons

Farm Coordinator,
Brady Farm

Peter Ricardo

Product Donations Manager,
Food Bank of Central New York

Jonnell Robinson

Associate Professor of Geography, Syracuse University; Advisory Board Member, Syracuse Grows

Rachel Viens

Director of Food & Nutrition Services,
Syracuse City School District

Curtis Waterman

Natural Resources Subsistence Manager
Onondaga Nation Farm


Maura Ackerman

Facilitator & Project Director

Julie Capito

Food & Environment Intern

Paige Clay

Emerson Hunger Fellow

Avalon Gupta VerWiebe

Equity & Inclusion Organizer

SOFSA Members


  • 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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