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.
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.