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Food Systems Network NYC posts announcements from organizations, institutions, and businesses in and around NYC whose programs, work, practices, or research helps to advance or inform FSNYC's mission to establish a just and vibrant regional food and farm economy that promotes human and environmental health and prevents hunger.

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Request for info! Compiling a scan of NYC-based Community Food Assessments

The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy is doing a scan of the various community food assessments (CFAs) that have been done throughout the NYC area. We would be interested in any level of report: neighborhood, borough, or city level, ranging from fully realized community food assessments to surveys or reports using only secondary data. They can specifically be about the food environment, or be another type of community assessment that includes a food element. If you have completed a community food assessment or know a group that has, we would greatly appreciate you sending that information our way. All CFAs, information, and questions can be forwarded to Claire Uno at


Kind Regards,

The Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy team


$150 off Food Start-Up Bootcamp

On November 8th, Local Food Lab is hosting its first-ever Food Startup Bootcamp, a full-day, in-person intensive business course designed to empower budding food and farm entrepreneurs to create businesses that contribute to a healthier, more just and more resilient food system.

In this class, students will learn the basics of developing and launching a new food business. Students will leave with an actionable plan on how to plan, pitch, launch and grow their food startup.

Bootcamp Takeaways:
- Measure and build a product or service that people love.
- Create a clear and concise 10-step business plan.
- Develop a fundraising strategy.
- Launch a successful marketing and sales plan.
- Effectively pitch your startup.

Event Link:

Get $150 off the course using promo code "STARTITUP". Refer a friend and get an additional $50 off.

Job Opportunity: Manager of Nutrition Education, City Harvest

The Manager of Nutrition Education implements and teaches 6-week cooking and nutrition education courses, facilitates shopping workshops in local supermarkets, conducts short nutrition education activities in public locations throughout City Harvest Healthy Neighborhoods, and periodically leads cooking demonstrations. Responsibilities also include recruiting Healthy Neighborhood residents to participate in courses and shopping tours, communicating with and managing volunteers, and assisting with leading volunteer trainings.

Volunteer Opportunity: Tour Guide, Greenmarket Youth Education Program

Greenmarket Organization Information

Greenmarket is a program of GrowNYC, formerly the Council on the Environment of NYC.  Greenmarket's mission is to promote regional agriculture and ensure a continuing supply of fresh local produce for all New Yorkers. Greenmarket supports farmers and preserves farmland for the future by providing regional, small family farmers with opportunities to sell their fruits, vegetables and other farm products to New Yorkers.


Greenmarket Youth Education connects thousands of New York City schoolchildren in grades K-12 with Greenmarkets and our farmers to help them gain an understanding of local agriculture and the importance of eating fresh, seasonal foods. Fun, interactive learning experiences allow children to build an understanding of how food choices impact their bodies, their environment and their communities.  Our School Tours at Greenmarket program reaches over 6,000 children each year.


Intership Opportunity: Food and Nutrition Programs Unit, Public Health Solutions

Call for Interns

Food and Nutrition Programs Unit



Public Health Solutions (PHS), one of the largest not-for-profit organizations in New York City and a nationally recognized Public Health Institute (PHI), addresses critical public health needs such as food security and nutrition, women’s reproductive health; early childhood development and family support; and so much more. Under the PHS Public Health Programs Division, The Food and Nutrition Programs (FANP) Unit staff works to improve health and nutrition, specifically among women, infants, and children. The FANP Unit oversees the organization’s Neighborhood WIC Program, WIC Vendor Management Program, and Cooking Matters initiative, as well as other grant funded projects to increase access to healthy food and nutrition education in target high-need areas.


The FANP Unit is now accepting applications for a Fall 2014 internship/practicum position to study and report on distribution mechanisms of food and beverages to businesses in Queens, with a focus on small corner stores (“bodegas”) in Southeast Queens and Jamaica.


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