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!

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 info@foodsystemsnyc.org.


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


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

And, email queensactioncouncil@gmail.com 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

Job Opportunity: Part-time Temporary Operations & Communications Assistant, Food Systems Network NYC

Operations & Communications Assistant


Food Systems Network NYC (FSNYC) is a membership-based organization designed to foster communication and cultivate community amongst various stakeholders and professionals working across the food system. Members gather monthly for Open Networking meetings to share information; discuss public policy; and encourage collaboration.


We are seeking an energetic, reliable, independent individual who is enthusiastic about educating the public and building community around food systems issues to fill a part-time, temporary Operations & Communications Assistant position. FSNYC is currently going through a strategic planning process, which is expected to end in the early fall. The position will run through the completion of the strategic planning process and there may be a possibility to extend. Responsibilities include supporting FSNYC’s General Coordinator and:


Update: NYC Community Garden Coalition Day in Court on June 10th

On April 18, 2014, the New York City Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC) and the People’s Coalition of Coney Island filed a lawsuit against the City of New York and iStar Financial, Inc. and its subsidiaries on behalf of the Boardwalk Community Garden, which was bulldozed in the middle of the night on December 28th 2013.


In the lawsuit, the NYCCGC cites issues with the City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) process used to determine what effect the project would have on the surrounding environment. The lawsuit states that the initial Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), meant to disclose the social, economic, and environmental impacts of a project, was based on limited and inaccurate information. The City's plans have called for paving over the entire area of the Boardwalk Community with concrete in order to build an outdoor for-profit amphitheater, a “Seaside Park and Community Arts Center.”


FSNYC’s May Open Networking Meeting: Growing a Local Business: A Red Hook Meet-Up


May Open Networking Meeting:

Growing A Local Business - A Red Hook Meet-Up


Date/Time: Friday, May 16, 2014, 6:00-7:00 pm

Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (meet-up details will be sent to you the day before the event when you RSVP)

RSVP: space is limited so RSVP soon!


Join Food Systems Network NYC for a tour of local distillery Van Brunt Stillhouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Then, make an evening out of it…stay in the neighborhood for dinner and drinks!


March Open Networking Meeting: Food Business - How To

March Open Networking Meeting:

"Food Business - How To"


CLICK HERE For Food Business - How To resources (see second page)

Date: Thurs, March 20, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway, New York, NY 10013


About the program:

"Food Business How To" will be a discussion on strategies for starting and running your own food business. A panel of experts and advocates who have either done the same, or are actively involved in growing entrepreneurial food businesses will participate in this panel discussion. Attendess will learn best practices for getting organized and take away resources for and support available to start ups and established food businesses.



  • Kathrine Gregory, Founder and Director of Mi Kitchen Es Su Kitchen, a professional kitchen incubator for start-up food businesses in Long Island City
  • Robinson Hernandez, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Business Acceleration, a city agency dedicated to streamlining the process for food and beverage establishments to get ready to open
  • Susan Povich, Owner of Red Hook Lobster Pound, whose locations and food trucks have become instant classics since opening in 2009
  • Wilson Tang, Owner of a number restaurants including the classic Nom Wah Tea Parlor, pop-up host Bowery Station and newcomer Fung Tu on the Lower East Side; Wilson is also a member of Manhattan Community Board 3
  • Kate Galassi, founder of Quinciple.com, a weekly subscription service that brings local farm products to consumers in New York City.  Prior to founding Quinciple, Kate held the title of "forager," sourcing products for the Spotted Pig and the Breslin.


  • Deborah Bander, a small business lawyer at Bander Law Firm, PLLC, a recent International Culinary Center graduate, and a FSNYC Program & Events Committee member


This event is free for FSNYC members and ICC students. Suggestion donation of $10 for all other attendees.

Food Almanac 2014: An evening of food policy prognostications


As our city launches on a new era of government, with the first new mayoral transition in 12 years, many food advocates and organizations have been wondering, with some degree of hope and optimism, what the change in administration means for New York City, including which, if any, food policy priorities and initiatives Mayor de Blasio’s administration will continue from the Bloomberg era and what new priorities he will champion. With this backdrop of anticipation, last month’s Food Almanac 2014, the annual food policy prognostication event hosted by Food Systems Network NYC was unlike any of the previous three Almanacs. Over 100 food-loving advocates gathered at the at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) to enjoy local food, wine and beer, and hear a panel of six food policy experts share their hopes and predictions for the future of New York City’s food system under Mayor de Blasio.


Spotlight on Centre for Social Innovation, Food Almanac 2014 host!

Food Systems Network thanks the Centre for Social Innovation for hosting this year's Food Almanac 2014! Thank you for providing such a welcoming, beautiful, and collaborative space to host this event.
The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is home for a diverse community of people and organizations that are creating a better world. CSI provides its members with the spaces, relationships and knowledge they need to translate ideas to impact. CSI is part coworking space, part community center and part incubator for people and organizations that are changing the world. New York City's social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, creatives and innovators are invited to help build CSI Starrett-Lehigh into a nexus of innovation and transformation.
Image Credit: Megan Swann

Spotlight on Megan Swann, Food Almanac 2014 photographer


Food Systems Network NYC thanks Megan Swann for volunteering her services at Food Almanac 2014. Check out all the phots from the Almanac on our Facebook page!


Megan Swann is a freelance photographer who specializes in food and events. You can see more of her work on her website, www.meganswann.com.


Recipe for Vegetarian "Green" Pozole, served at Food Almanac 2014

Try this dish, served at Food Almanac 2014, by the Cleaver Co. It's still the perfect weather for this perfect, hearty one-dish supper!


Pozole is a classic Mexican soup made with white hominy, and traditionally, pork. In this vegetarian version, we omitted the
meat and added beans and root vegetables, in a flavor packed tomatillo broth. It’s a perfect dish for winter.


Serve with Salsa Verde, Salsa Roja, and Pickled Jalepenos!


Check out all the Recipes by the Cleaver Co!


Image Credit: Megan Swann



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