Food Systems Network NYC has closed

October 2014


After ten years of leadership, networking, and collaborating on groundbreaking work to advance sustainable food systems in the New York City region, Food Systems Network NYC (FSNYC) Leadership Committee Members and Advisors have made the decision to close the organization in 2014.


Since we formed FSNYC in 2004, the growth of the food systems movement in our region (and nationally) has been dramatic and inspiring.  We now have a Director of Food Policy in the Mayor’s Office; food systems policy initiatives in academic and other institutions, including The New School, Hunter College, Teachers College, and New York University; a legion of community-based efforts addressing local food systems inequities; and new efforts related to food distribution, education, and policy in both public and private sectors.


The decision to close FSNYC’s door was made as the result of a strategic planning effort conducted over the past year that drew on the wisdom of FSNYC Leadership and Members, as well as allies in the food systems movement.  We reached this conclusion after reflecting on all that we have accomplished in ten years, including helping to create a vibrant, and growing, community of people passionate about this work.  The decision to complete our work as an organization is bittersweet.  That said, we will continue to celebrate FSNYC’s accomplishments and those of our members, colleagues and partner organizations over the past decade. We will support these individuals and organizations as they continue this work in years to come.


On behalf of FSNYC, we humbly thank the many hundreds of organizers, activists, volunteers and, above all, members, who made FSYNC a founding cornerstone of this vibrant movement in our city and our region.


As we implement our transition plans over the next few months, please look out for the announcement of an opportunity to come together in early January to celebrate FSNYC’s work and to acknowledge the volunteer leaders who were critical to creating and sustaining FSNYC.


In great solidarity and with deep gratitude,

FSNYC Leadership Committee


Welcome to Food Systems Network NYC

Food Systems Network NYC is a membership based organization designed to foster communication and cultivate community amongst various stake holders and professionals working across the food system. Members gather monthly for Open Networking meetings to encourage collaboration; share information; discuss public policy; and promote opportunities for individuals to partner on specific projects. Please enjoy looking through what our site has to offer, and if you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to get in touch!

Food Almanac 2015: Climate Change, Agriculture, and Resilience


 Slow Food NYC is carrying on a FSNYC tradition by hosting the 5th Annual Food Almanac!



What: Food Almanac 2015 - Climate Change, Agriculture, and Resilience

When: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Where: Brooklyn Winery, 213 N. 8th St. (between Driggs and Roebling)

Features: stationary hors d'ouevres, local beer, Brooklyn Winery wine, extraordinary panel discussion & networking 

Tickets: Click here

  • Regular Admission - $50, w/ Urban Harvest Contribution opportunity $55

  • Slow Food Members -  $40; w/ Urban Harvest Contribution opportunity $45

  • Proceeds benefit Slow Food NYC's Urban Harvest program*  


About the event:

Since 1818, farmers have relied on the Farmers' Almanac for homey wit and uncannily accurate weather predictions to inform their planting, harvesting, and day-to-day living.  In 2015, Slow Food New York City, continuing a Food Systems Network NYC tradition, will sponsor the fifth annual Food Almanac, a food and farming prognostication inspired by the Farmers' Almanac.

The Food Almanac is a singular opportunity for foodactive individuals to consider all things food and farming in the New Year.  This year, a panel of farmers, scientists, and policymakers will speculate on an incredibly important aspect of food and farming -- "Climate Change, Agriculture, and Resilience."  

While the topic is sobering, not all will be food for thought!  Attendees also will enjoy local wines and beers accompanied by stationary hors d'ouevres.



  • Jennifer Phillips, Gansvoort Farm, Bard Center for Environmental Policy


  • Amanda Andrews, Farmer, Tamarack Hollow Farm

  • Joseph Musso, Senior Program Manager, Agency Resiliency, Office of the Mayor of the City on New York

  • Gwen Schantz, Farmer, Brooklyn Grange

  • Sacha Spector, Conservation Biologist, Scenic Hudson

  • Bina Venkataraman, Director of Global Policy Initiatives, Broad Institute and Op-Ed Columnist, The Boston Globe


Host Committee:
Hilary Baum, Baum Forum, Public Market Partners and SFNYC Snail Blazers; Mary Cleaver, The Cleaver Company, the Green Table, Peter Hoffman, Back Forty East and West, and Bill Telepan,Telepan


*Proceeds from this unique, informative, and fun event, produced by the SFNYC Food and Farm Policy Committee, will benefit the non-profit Slow Food NYC Urban Harvest program of support for the good food education of New York City children at 16 schools around the City and on an educational, urban farm in East New York, Brooklyn.  Urban Harvest activities include edible school gardens, cooking classes, field trips, good food courses, and student run "farmstands" offering fresh, local produce to school and neighboring communities.    


Get your tickets today!


Jan 14th: FSNYC Legacy Celebration

Food Almanac 2014
photo credit: Megan Swann

FSNYC Legacy Celebration!

Wednesday, January 14 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Brooklyn Winery
213 N. 8th St. | Brooklyn, NY | 11211

RSVP by Friday, January 9th:
If you haven't RSVPed, click here! (if you have RSVPed, you've received a confirmation from
Celebrate Food Systems Network NYC's role in establishing a dynamic regional landscape of organizations and programs devoted to healthy food systems.

As a convener of stakeholders in the early years of this movement, FSNYC helped foster a collaborative climate for networking, education and advocacy. As recently announced, FSNYC is closing at the end of this year.

Join FSNYC founding members, leaders and colleagues from across the food systems community to celebrate! We'll enjoy Brooklyn Winery (BW) wines, craft beers, and premium sodas, along with delicious BW house hors d'oeuvres...and toast to the dynamic work moving forward.

We hope you can make it!

Food Systems Network NYC Leadership Committee

  • Only registered guests will be admitted
  • Attendance is free and capacity is limited; if you RSVP and your availability changes, please cancel your ticket so that we can invite others

Click here to RSVP by Friday, Jan 9th

Meet-up info for Food Justice contingent of People's Climate March - Sunday, September 21!

The People’s Climate March is Sunday, September 21st. The march is expected to draw a historic number of individuals and organizations and the Food Justice contingent will be marching as part of the “solutions” section of the march. Find out where to meet-up below! And, find out about food-focused events being hosted on Saturday, September 20 as part of the NYC Climate Convergence "teach-in."
MEET-UP with the Food Justice Contingent
  • WHERE TO MEET: Assemble at 10:30 am on Central Park West between 71st St. and 72nd St. The march is scheduled to start at 11:30 am.
  • DIRECTIONS - view the diagram below. Entry to Central Park West is limited to a selection of streets. The NYPD is asking that the Food Justice enter Central Park West at 77th or 81st St. Then, make your way down to the Food Justice contingent between 71st and 72nd St. Look for the Food Justice signs (spoiler alert: lots of onion/globe images).
  • THE LINEUP - the various contingents of the march will be arranged in a way that helps us thread many messages together. The Food Justice contingent is marching as part of the "solutions" section. Click here to see the full lineup.
  • MORE LOGISTICS - click here to learn more about what to bring and not to bring with you
  • Marching under the Food Justice banner will be farmers, community and school gardeners, celebrity chefs, restaurant workers and, food processing workers, bee keepers, food coop and CSA, members, farmers market enthusiasts, anti-hunger and pro-health advocates as well as garden variety food justice activists and foodies. And, if you're a chef or a culinary student, wear your "kitchen whites" and join others near the speaker area along the park wall!


Join the discussion on Saturday, September 19th & 20th

  • Part teach-in, part festival the NYC Climate Convergence will be taking place in the run-up to the People’s Climate March on September 21st.  The objective is to explore the root causes of climate change and to strengthen bonds within the climate movement before the march and beyond. There are workshops, trainings, and speakers being hosted all over the city.
  • Check out all of the activities sponsored by Climate Convergence: (for a current PDF of the complete schedule, click here)
  • For a list of food-focused Climate Convergance events, click here



  • Poster Making event - Wednesday September 17, 2-8pm Brooklyn College - 301 Roosevelt, 2900 Bedford Avenue.
  • Leafleting, putting up posters, contact Claire Arkin:
  • Helping on the morning of the march –lots of varied jobs, know anyone with a van or truck? Volunteer to serve as crew for the day of the march - Sept. 21. That means that you'll be at the march site (Central Park West between 71st and 72nd Streets) at 9:30am and help set up, get names and emails, and help out in a wide range of ways. Contact


Sept 21: Join the Food Justice Contingent of the People’s Climate March

The People’s Climate March is Sunday, September 21st. The march is expected to draw a historic number of individuals and organizations and the Food Justice contingent will be marching as part of the “solutions” section of the march. Food Justice - a healthy, equitable, sustainable food system is one of the many solutions to the climate crisis. Leading up to the march, particpate in food-focused climate events that will depict the many ways a local and organic food system, free of corporate domination, can decrease greenhouse gasses created in the large scale growing, processing and distribution of food.  Also demonstrated will be how organic and sustainable agriculture and gardening can actually pull carbon from the atmosphere and put it back in the soil where it belongs and how good jobs in the food system can help create a more equitable society!  


Logistics: Meet up with the Food Justice contingent at Central Park West north of Columbus Circle at 10:30 am (RSVP to to be informed of the exact location as soon as it is assigned).  Please bring hats, sun block, lots of water, whatever signs you wish to express your ideas, pots and pans and your great dedication to protecting our planet for generations to come.  Kids are more than welcome to join!


For more information on the food justice contingent: or (917) 693-3155


Sept 20: NYC Climate Convergence - Food-focused Events



Part teach-in, part festival the NYC Climate Convergence will be taking place in the run-up to the People’s Climate March on September 21st.  The objective is to explore the root causes of climate change and to strengthen bonds within the climate movement before the march and beyond. There are workshops, trainings, and speakers being hosted all over the city. If you’ll be in NYC on Sept. 19 and 20, check out all of the activities sponsored by Climate Convergence: (for a current PDF of the schedule, click here).


Below is a selection of food-focused Climate Convergence events



  • Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
  • Time: 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Location: La Plaza Cultural garden, 9th St. & Avenue C, NYC


The urban agriculture movement is thriving in many cities all over the country--indeed, all over the world--because citizens see enormous benefit to their local economies, environment, and health. And New York City is at the forefront of this movement with urban farmers and food producers of all stripes, from community gardeners supplementing their food budgets, social enterprise farms that provide jobs and training to build economic opportunity, CSAs that connect urban and rural farmers to communities that lack access to affordable and healthy produce, and for-profit rooftop and other scalable urban food enterprises that help supply consumers’ and restaurants’ booming demand for local organic produce. Fostering a strong New York City agriculture and food production is an effective way to address multiple food justice issues, including food safety, food security, and food sovereignty. Hear from people working to make it possible for NYC residents to have sources of local healthy food that they can trust.

  • Moderator: Carolyn Zezima
  • Panelists: Onika Abraham, Farm School NYC; Mark Dunlea, Hunger Action Network; Chef Barbara Sibley, La Palapa 


La Plaza Cultural de Armando Perez is located at the southwest corner of 9th Street & Avenue C. 
Visual Realities of Climate Change: Food, Communities, and Landscapes.

Date: Saturday, September 20
Time: 10:45-12:15 PM
Location: Museum of Reclaimed Urban Spaces (MoRUS), Video Room, 155 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

Here's a short description: the effects of climate change are seen in Brighter Green's short documentary film, What's For Dinner? (Chinese with English subtitles), and Carolyn Monastra's photographs. Hazel Zhang, creator of the successful Chinese blog VegPlanet, will discuss her experiences in China and Meatless Monday’s program director Morgan Johnson will talk about her work in the United States. They'll be joined by Brighter Green Associate Wanqing Zhou, who's recently back from the China screening tour for What's For Dinner?
NYC Climate Convergence: Food-Focused events at St. John's University
All workshops below are on Saturday, September 20th at the following location:
St. John's University, 51 Astor Pl, New York, NY 10003, CNCRSE C06


9-10:30 a.m.

The Carbon Underground

Stopping fossil-foolishness isn't enough. We've got to get the carbon in the atmosphere back underground. There are tried and true, low-tech ways to do this: organic agriculture, composting and carbon ranching. If practiced globally, these soil-building techniques could sequester 100 percent of current annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.


10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Film Screening: Soil Carbon Cowboys

Peter Byck's short film introduces Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis, ranchers who are regenerating their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable.


12:30-2:00 p.m. and 2:15-3:45 p.m.

Family Farmers Can Solve the Climate Crisis, But Only if We Restore Economic Justice

The world's 2 billion family farmers, whose low-tech, land-management practices conserve water, improve soil health, prevent soil erosion and increase crop yields, are capable of feeding the world. They also hold the solution to climate change: The more organic matter they add to the soil, the more CO2 they draw out of the atmosphere.

But while family farmers, primarily in the Global South, produce 70 percent of the world's food on 25 percent of the world's land, these so-called "subsistence farmers" have always struggled. Climate change makes their struggle even harder. How do we empower these farmers and reverse global warming at the same time? In this workshop, farmers from the U.S. and around the world will offer their proposals for economic justice, from support for organic and Fair Trade agriculture, to community rights to natural resources, and the human right to food.

Speakers 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Speakers 2:15-3:45 p.m.

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Now that the U.S. Supports "Climate-Smart Agriculture" Is Reform of Our Climate-Dumb Food System Possible?




Tuesday, September 23
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Columbia Law School
435 W 116th Street
Jerome Green Hall, Room 107
(116th St. stop on the 1 train)

Sign up at

Space is Limited

Join us for an exciting forum exploring the link between food justice and climate change!

New York and Puerto Rico are home to some of the most climate vulnerable communities in the United States. Advocates and residents in both regions increasingly see food justice as critical to bolstering their communities’ resiliency in the face of climate change. The forum will explore that connection, highlighting how farmers and activists in both regions are developing climate smart alternatives to conventional agriculture.

For more information, please email Nate Rosenberg at nrosenberg [at]

Speakers include:

Cindy Madeleiny Camacho Bernard
Estudiantes Dispuestos a la Restauración Ambiental

Jalal Sabur
Sweet Freedom Farm

Keisha Morale Rodríguez
Estudiantes Dispuestos a la Restauración Ambiental

Ana Elisa Pérez Quintero
Proyecto Enlace

Colibrí Sanfiorenzo-Barnhard
La Sombrilla



Sept 21, 2014: Update - Peoples Climate March, Food + Ag Contingent & Satellite Events

September 21 will be a historic day in NYC - the PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH will be the kick-off to the movement for a sane climate future.  Organizers are projecting it will be the largest demonstration against climate change ever, with vibrant contingents of various sorts to call out concerns and solutions to the climate crisis at our collective door.


Why now? On September 22, the UN is holding its next big Climate Summit and the leaders representing the major stumbling block to the past climate summits will be there: including and especially the US.   Join the march to let the world know that you want to see a radical reduction in greenhouse gases, that we want to see a sane climate policy that will substitute renewables for fossil fuels, that will support local food systems and sustainable farming practices that conserve fossil fuels and sink carbon in the soil, and will create good jobs based on the needs of the people and the planet, not corporate profits.


Join the Food + Agriculture Contingent – The food justice movement is organizing a Food + Agriculture contingent for the march.  Farmers and farmworkers, school and community gardeners, restaurant staff and culinary students, food processing workers, food business owners, anti-hunger and pro-health advocates will all join together to raise the importance of food policy and practice in mitigating and adapting to climate change. The Food + Agriculture Contingent will meet September 21 at Columbus Circle (59th St. and Bway) in Manhattan! Specific time to meet and exact location TBD.


To join the NYC Food + Agriculture contingent, email  Let the organizers know if you want to help with outreach, graphics, media, educational events and if your organization (of any kind) wants to get involved with the March.  Also let the organizers know if your group would like to host a pre-march forum or event to help educate local residents re the relationships between climate change, food and agriculture.


There are many, many events and organizing efforts leading up to the March. Here are a few additional ways you can connect:


Farm School NYC now accepting applications

The wait is over...
2014 Irrigation Course at Snug Harbor Heritage Farm in Staten Island
Farm School NYC is accepting applications 
for our 2015 Certificate in Urban Agriculture program now through September 15, 2014. 

Informational Events


Thursday, August 21, 6 - 8 pm

Farm School Meet + Greet
Learn more about Farm School NYC at this gathering of students, teachers, staff and supporters at Jimmy's No. 43 in the East Village.  Click here to RSVP and for more information.

Open Classes for Prospective Students

Curious about Farm School NYC's certificate in sustainable agriculture program? Come to one of our two upcoming Open Classes to observe a class in session, meet faculty and students, and learn more about the program from our staff.   Click here to RSVP and for more information.

Season Extension 
Wednesday, August 20
6pm - 8pm
Teachers: Marisa Dedominicis, Karen Washington 
Planning for Winter 
Saturday, September 13
11:30am - 1:30pm
Teachers: Ursula Chance, Sara Katz

"I was happiest when I was gardening, but I wondered how I could make that work in NYC as a day job," Aeli, graduate. Read more >
About Farm School NYC 

Farm School NYC's Certificate in Urban Agriculture is a two-year program that provides comprehensive, professional training to adults who want to build self-reliant communities and inspire positive local action around food access and social, economic, and racial justice issues.


The city -- and the urban farms that dot its streets and rooftops -- are our classrooms, and our courses are taught by experts on topics ranging from sustainable urban agriculture, to social justice, to grassroots community organizing. 



Learn more about our certificate program. >

Help us recruit passionate, qualified, diverse applicants
for Farm School
 NYC's 2015 class.  
and spread the word!



June 7th! FSNYC "meet-up" at Northwest Queens Food Day

Join FSNYC this Sat at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City!


There are lots of ways to participate in the day's activities!

The 2nd Annual Northwest Queens Food Day, will take place in conjunction with the Bike Parade at Socrates Sculpture Park on Saturday, June 7th, 2014 from 11 am - 3 pm. Event highlights include City Harvest + Vesta Vino cooking demonstrations, City Growers youth planting workshops, composting by Build It Green, Slow Food NYC honey tastings, community food justice organizing workshop, the first growNYC Greenmarket of the season, and much more from local organizations + businesses, working together to build community access to fresh + affordable food. All activities are free + open to the public.

Meet-up with FSNYC for a picnic at 12:30!

Bring a healthy snack, yourself, and, if you like, your business cards! We'll take a break from the day's activities to snack together and get to know each other. RSVP at


Help FSNYC table throughout the day! Also a great way to meet folks! Email if interested.


The day, in partnership with Socrates' annual Bike Parade, is a program of the  Queens Action Council.

And, email if you're interested in...
Volunteering for the event with the Queens Action Council
Attending a Community Food Organizing Workshop to be held on-site


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