Networking Meetings Archive

FSNYC’s monthly mid-day Open Networking Meetings have brought together professionals and advocates from different sectors of the food system for five years. These meetings alternate between Manhattan and other boroughs and focus on discussion of relevant and timely topics of interest to the multi-disciplinary community working on food system issues. The topics include numerous strategies that can be used in community-based planning and project development. The interaction of government agency staff and community practitioners on the panels serves to identify civic needs, open up new and expanded opportunities for program support, as well as educate the FSNYC membership. Meetings are planned by FSNYC’s Program Committee.


March 2014: "Food Business - How To"

February 2014: 4th Annual Food Almanac - Forecasting the Year Ahead in Food Policy and Politics

January 2014: 4th Annual NYChiliFest at The Chelsea Market

December 2013: The Economic Impacts of Cuts to SNAP

November 2013: Food Speed Networking at Parish Hall

October 2013: New York Apples & the Growing Hard Cider Industry

September 2013: "We Work in Food"

August 2013: Tomato Fest - FSNYC's Annual Celebration of the Tomato

July 2013: Mayoral Candidate Forum on the Future of Food in NYC

July 2013: Food Waste

May 2013: Food Speed Networking at Parish Hall

April 2013: FSNYC's Recipe for the Future of Food in NYC

March 2013: Scaling Up Local - Distribution Issues and Innovations in the Value Chain

March 2013: 3rd Annual Duck-Off

February 2013: Food Speed Networking at Parish Hall

January 2013: 3rd Annual NYChiliFest at The Chelsea Market

January 2013: 3rd Annual Food Almanac

November 2012: Sustainable Meat Distribution: Channels and Challenges, the 2nd in a Series on Distribution

Sustainable Meat Distribution: Channels and Challenges,
the Second in a Series on Distribution - See more at:
Sustainable Meat Distribution: Channels and Challenges,
the Second in a Series on Distribution - See more at:

October 2012: Food Day "Warm-Up:" Sneak Preview" of Food MythBusters Video with Anna Lappé

Food Day "Warm-Up:"
FSNYC's October Open Networking Event & "Sneak Preview" of Food MythBusters Video with Anna Lappé
- See more at:

September 2012: Food Policy Collaboration in New York City and Elsewhere - A Discussion with Mark Winne

August 2012: FSNYC's Annual Tomato Fest & Great Tomato Un-Cookoff

July 2012: On the Road: Innovations in Distribution of Local Food to Restaurants, The First in a Series on Distribution (July 24)

July 2012: From Rio to NYC - Food and Nutrition Security for Cities (July 17)

June 2012: FSNYC Annual Membership Meeting and Annual Networking Event

May 2012: Strengthening Urban-Rural Partnerships for Regional Food Systems

April 2012: "Food and the City" from New York to Rio

March 2012: New York City and The Future Of Urban Agriculture

February 2012: Conserving New York City's Foodshed

January 2012: TedxManhattan Screening with Brooklyn Food Coalition

January 2012: The NYC Food Almanac 2012: Forecasting the Year Ahead in Food, Farm Policy, and Politics

December 2011: Dekalb Market

November 2011: Sustaining Regional Meat Production: From Pasture to Home and Restaurant Kitchens

October 2011: Engaging in National and New York State Food Policy

September 2011: Engaging Parents Around Child Nutrition Through Schools

August 2011: The Landscape of Food Policy Councils: Past, Present, and Future

July 2011: Engaging Children in Issues of Food, Health and Agriculture

June 2011: The Challenges and Possibilities of Urban Rooftop Farming in the City

May 2011:  Fracking and Farm Viability in the NYC Regional Foodshed

April 2011: FSNYC Annual Membership Meeting and Panel on NYC Food Policy

March 2011: Newly Proposed USDA Guidelines Impact on School Food

February 2011: Communicating to the Market: "Sustainably" Produced

January 2011: Food Systems Models in Education
This meeting was held at Food and Finance High School, where culinary arts, hydroponics and aquaponics are part of the school day. Jessica Mates, community liaison, and Philson Warner, of Cornell University Cooperative Extension NYC, took participants on a tour. The program included different models and tools for food system education in New York City high schools.

December 2010: Holiday Open Networking at Living Concrete/Carrot City

November 2010: United Neighborhood Houses' Healthy Communities Through Healthy Food
The United Neighborhood Houses' Healthy Communities Through Healthy Food program is working to increase access to fresh healthy food for low-income New Yorkers living in three New York City Neighborhoods - East New York, Brooklyn; Fort Greene/ Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, and Washington Heights / Inwood, Manhattan. By partnering with local organizations, each neighborhood has identified a unique strategy for addressing their fresh food access challenges, but all the projects are organizing older adults as the driving force for achieving their goals.

October 2010: Alternative Food Channels for NYC Neighborhoods, Part 1-- Food Cooperatives
This topic honed in on the evolution and outlook for consumer food co-operatives as a strategy to bring healthy, affordable food to under-resourced neighborhoods.  Questions included: What are the potentials, needs, and challenges for older and emerging consumer co-operatives?  What are the potential resources? Is there a role for policy?

September 2010: Incubating Small-Scale Food Processors in New York City
A tour of Mi Kitchen es Su Kitchen/The Entrepreneur’s Space, a shared-use kitchen incubator in Long Island City, and a panel discussion. Topics included incubator development, operations and costs, users, applicable State and City food regulations, and financing and technical help for small-scale start-ups.

August 2010: Community Gardens as Community Assets
Community gardens provide healthy fresh foods, educate residents of all ages on their environment, local agriculture, and nutrition, strengthen social connections, and fill a critical need for open space in the city’s most underserved communities.  This meeting informed participants on administrative rulemaking issues and options to protect community gardens after the expiration of the NYS Attorney General’s Agreement with NYC in September 2010.

July 2010: Youth, Summer Jobs, and Food
Several New York City organizations are building the next generation of leaders by training and employing young people as urban farmers, food educators, and marketers of locally grown produce each summer. The meeting discussed how some of these programs operate, whom they serve, their many positive outcomes, and opportunities for expanding these efforts.

June 2010: NYC SchoolFood - Summer Meals Program
This meeting discussed the challenges and opportunities presented by the USDA Summer Meals Program, particularly in the areas of sourcing from regional producers and student participation.

May 2010: New York State School Garden Survey and Other School Garden Initiatives
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, in partnership with FSNYC, surveyed all of the school principals in NYC to identify how many school gardens were in existence, how many students they served, and the locations of schools that wished to have school gardens but could not yet support them.  The findings were presented for the first time at this meeting, and representatives from other NYC organizations working on the development of school gardens discussed their related work.

April 2010: Emerging Perspectives on Food Systems Issues in the Bronx
A discussion of the evolving food environment in the Bronx was held at the Borough President’s office in advance of the May 1st Bronx Food Summit, in part to promote awareness of the event through FSNYC.

March 2010: Open Accessible Space Information System (OASIS) and Community Mapping Efforts
Many community groups are using community food assessments with GIS mapping components to determine how to improve their local food systems.  This meeting discussed some of those efforts, as well as providing a guided demonstration of the Open Accessible Space Information System (OASIS), developed by at the CUNY Graduate Center, home to the largest free source of community maps in NYC.

February 2010: Understanding the Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Community Food System
This meeting took place in Bed-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and focused on a cross section of community-based programs geared to improving access to affordable, quality food, including a major emergency food center, community garden, farmers market, food pantry, and youth market, and the nutrition and food access programs operated out of the NYC Dept. of Health’s District Public Health Center (DPHO).

January 2010: Agriculture and the NYC Watershed: An Economic Development Update
Discussion at this meeting covered important points of the relationship between NYC consumers and farmers in the NYC Watershed area, including the economic and environmental impact of NYC funded Watershed Agriculture Program, the potential impact of NYC food procurement of watershed products and issue of hydrofracturing of farmland for gas development.

December 2009: Holiday Party and Alternative Gift Fair at West Side Campaign Against Hunger

November 2009: Understanding the Food Retail Expansion to Support Health (FRESH) Initiative
This panel examined different aspects of NYC’s new FRESH Initiative focused on developing new healthy food outlets in “fresh food deserts,” including the land use and tax benefits available under the program for retail store entrepreneurs, and the locations where the program will be operating.

October 2009: Working with NYC Community Boards
The 59 NYC Community Boards have much to offer their neighborhoods in terms of working toward a healthy food environment. This meeting explained how Boards are structured, how their members are selected and trained, the Boards’ jurisdiction and operation, options for getting involved with community boards, and ways in which boards are initiating food projects such as youthmarkets and farmers markets.