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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


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,


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


Your input requested! Please fill out FSNYC's plannnig survey

Food Systems Network NYC (FSNYC) is currently involved in a planning process to clarify and prioritize the organization's work over the next several years. We would greatly appreciate five minutes of your time to get your thoughts about the organization. Your valuable input will help us make the best decisions about the organization's future.


Take the survey!


Op-Ed: The Farm Bill Everyone Can Hate









Image: Economic Research Service, USDA

by Ed Yowell

February 5th, 2014


Eat chili at Dickson's in February to support FSNYC!

Missed ChiliFest or still hungry for Chili!?  


Visit Dickson's Farmstand Meats at Chelsea Market and support FSNYC by eating chili this month! NYChiliFest 2014 sponsor Dickson's Farmstand Meats is serving chili through February and they've got a special for you...   

An Open Letter on Food to His Honor, Mayor Bill de Blasio


January 15, 2014


Dear Mayor de Blasio,

Food Systems Network NYC congratulates you and wishes you good luck and good works. We take this opportunity to introduce you to your food constituency: New Yorkers who grow, process, distribute, sell, prepare, and, of course, eat food.


As the mayoral campaign highlighted, more New Yorkers than ever before are concerned about our food system, and for good reasons: 2.6 million New Yorkers struggle to feed themselves; 60 percent of adults and more than 33 percent of children in New York City are obese or overweight and over 10 percent have diabetes; the equivalent of one farm in the New York foodshed is lost to development every three and a half days; and food industry workers earn low wages, lack benefits, suffer wage theft, and rely disproportionately on public assistance programs, ironically, including food stamps. These grim statistics point to the need for serious improvement.


New York State Council on Food Policy Meets in NYC; Hears CBO Requests for Policy Actions

by Amanda Berhaupt-Glickstein


On Wednesday, December 11th, the New York State Council on Food Policy (NYS CFP) convened for their annual winter meeting at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work. Charged with supporting and facilitating food policy across NYS to increase adequate, nutritious, local and safe food for all New Yorkers, the Council focuses much of its energy on making interagency connections. The meeting began with brief introductions of Council members in attendance and provided updates of their work.