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Bone Suckin’ Shell Shuckin’ Surf and Turf at Chelsea Market on June 7th!

Dickson’s Farmstand Meats and The Lobster Place invite you to a summer kickoff party at Chelsea Market on Tuesday, June 7th. Join us for all the surf and turf you can handle, along with Sam Adams brews, Buffalo Trace whiskey cocktails (mixed by soon-to-be-neighbors The Tippler), live music (The Dixons) and dessert from L’Arte Del Gelato!

We’ll be slinging beers, bourbons, peel-and-eat shrimp, crawfish, oysters, beef tartar, pulled pork, and giant cuts of roast beef, pork and lamb from 6-9pm.

Ticket Price $60 (for Surf, Turf, Booze, and Band).
Purchase tickets in advance to ensure entry.
* Let’s celebrate the start of summer – June 7th, 6-9 pm
* Doors open at 6pm (entrance at 410 W/16th St)
* Must be 21 or over to purchase
* All tickets must be purchased in advance
* Box Office closes at midnight June 6th

Bone-Suckin’, Shell-Shuckin’ Surf n’ Turf is presented by Chelsea Market, Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, The Lobster Place, Sam Adams, The Cleaver Company, L’Arte Del Gelato and Buffalo Trace!

A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to Food Systems Network NYC, an organization on a mission to build a just and vibrant, regional food and farm economy, which promotes human and environmental health, and prevents hunger.

Join Us for An Early Summer Strawberry Social

Farm Fresh StrawberriesJoin us at the gorgeous La Plaza Community Garden at 9th & C to enjoy one of the first fruits of summer, including strawberries paired with local cheeses, strawberry shortcake cream on top, and other strawberry creations, along with some of New York's finest wines.

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Proceeds from this event will support the work of the Food Systems Network NYC. Through collaboration, education, and advocacy, the Network is helping to establish a just and vibrant regional food and farm economy that promotes human and environmental health and prevents hunger.

Tickets are $30, and must be purchased in advance. FSNYC members receive $10 off the cost of admission. Learn more about becoming a member of the Food Systems Network here.

Date: Wednesday, June 29th (Rain date Thursday, June 30th)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: 9th St. and Avenue C

June Open Networking Meeting

The Challenges and Possibilities of Urban Rooftop Farming in the City

On Tuesday, June 14, we will venture out to Long Island City in Queens to take a tour of The Brooklyn Grange, a commercial organic rooftop farm that produces vegetables for restaurants and markets all over the city. After the tour, a panel of expert speakers from the field of rooftop farming, including structural engineer Daniel Sesil, Brooklyn Grange farmers, and others, will discuss the opportunities for and constraints to urban rooftop farming in New York City.

Date: June 14, 2011
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: The Brooklyn Grange
37-18 Northern Blvd
Long Island City, NY 11101

Suggested donation: $5 for non-members, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Avoid the fee by joining now! Visit:

Open Networking Meeting: Tuesday, May 10

Fracking and Farm Viability in the NYC Regional Foodshed

The Open Networking Meeting on Tuesday, May 10, will be a focused conversation on the latest developments and concerns about the impact of hydraulic fracturing on agriculture. We will discuss the relevance of this issue to both New York City and rural markets. An update on proposed fracking related infrastructure, actions, and legislation will be provided. This meeting will act in part as a preview of the May 16th, Water Fight! Fracking, Food, Art & Economy conference organized by Baum Forum and Parsons The New School.  Presenters will include Greg Schwartz, Willow Wisp Organic Farm, Damascus; Mark Izeman, Senior Attorney and Director of the New York Urban Program, NRDC; and Krystal Ford, NYU Food Studies Student and Slow Food NYC Board of Directors.

Date: May 10, 2011

Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Fund for the City of New York, Main Conference Room
121 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10013-1590

The Fund is located on the west side of Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) between Broome Street and Watts Street. For more information, contact

Suggested donation: $5 for non-members, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Avoid the fee by joining now! Visit:


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Open Networking Meeting: Tuesday March 8

Our next Open Networking Meeting, on Tuesday March 8th, will begin with a tour of La Marqueta, the recently renovated market space in East Harlem, which houses the newly opened kitchen incubator run by Hot Bread Kitchen. A panel discussion on the proposed USDA standards for school meals that were introduced on January 13th will follow the tour.

The USDA proposal requires school meal standards, which would add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat milk to school meals, and are based on the most recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations. Schools would also be required to limit the levels of saturated fat, sodium, calories, and trans fats in meals. We'll convene a panel to discuss the possibilities for improved meal quality for our public school students.

Our speakers will be:
Amie Hamlin, Executive Director, New York City Coalition for Healthy School Food
Laura Stanley
, Learning Lab Manager, School Food FOCUS
Timothy Cipriano, Executive Director, Food Services for New Haven Public Schools
Moderated by Jenny Dirksen, Northeast Director, Share our Strength.

Please join us to learn more about the proposed standards and their impact on school meals. Click here to read the proposed changes.

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Meet at La Marqueta
1607 Park Avenue New York, NY 10029

Directions: La Marqueta is located on Park Avenue, directly under the Metro North tracks, between 114th and 115th Streets. The nearest subway stop is the 6 at 116th Street. Exit on Lexington Avenue, walk 1 block west to Park Avenue and turn left. You will see the entrance to the front of La Marqueta on 115th Street—continue 1 block south, past the entrance, to 114th Street. The entrance is in the back of the building in the loading area, please ring bell for entry.

Panel Location:
We will walk over to the East Harlem Asthma Center for the panel discussion after the tour.
East Harlem Asthma Center for Excellence (EHACE)
161-169 East 110th Street (between Lexington Ave and Third Ave)
New York, NY 10029

Open Networking Meeting: Tuesday, February 8

Communicating to the Market: "Sustainably" Produced

Join us at our monthly Open Networking Meeting on Tuesday, February 8th, for a discussion about the marketing and labeling of "sustainably" produced meat for the wholesale and retail marketplace. How does lack of clarity about “sustainable,” “natural,” “organic,” and “grass-fed” affect sales and impact New York's regional foodshed? Is regulated terminology a help or hindrance to the interests of the producer? The buyer?

Panelists will be New York farmer Ken Jaffe, Slope Farms; Mary Cleaver, The Green Table and founding board member of Farm to Chef, Inc; Brigid Sweeney, Animal Welfare Approved; Katy Keiffer, Heritage Foods USA; and Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43, restaurateur and special events producer.

Date: February 8, 2011
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Fund for the City of New York, Main Conference Room
121 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10013-1590

The Fund is located on the west side of Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) between Broome Street and Watts Street. For more information, contact

Suggested donation: $5 for non-members, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Avoid the fee by joining now! Visit:

Food Almanac 2011 Video

A panel of food activists, farmers, and policy advocates offered their predictions and visions for the 2011 year in food at the first-ever NYC Food Almanac 2011. The event, held on February 2 at the beautiful space of 632 on Hudson and presented by “Food for Thought” and Food Systems Network NYC, gave the audience a hopeful glimpse of the future of our local food and farming system. The Food for Thought series was created by Mary Cleaver of The Cleaver Co./The Green Table, and 632 on Hudson owner, Karen Lashinksy to raise awareness and funds for groups working to improve the health of our food supply. Read more about this event.


Video created by Anna Mumford of Letitia Productions.

The NYC Food Almanac 2011

Food Systems Network NYC and “Food for Thought” present
Forecasting the Year Ahead in Food and Farm Policy and Politics
Since 1818, The Farmers Almanac has provided farmers with uncannily accurate weather predictions based on the predictions of their esteemed weather prognosticator, Caleb Weatherbee.

On Wednesday, February 2, 2011, the first-ever NYC Food Almanac will predict what will – and call for what should – happen during 2011 in the food and farm policy and politics affecting New York City, the northeast region, the nation, and our planet.

The Food Almanac 2011 panelists include:

Barry Crumbley,
President, INTACT Community Development Corporation, and Member, Black Farmers and Agriculturist Practitioners;
David Haight,
Director, American Farmland Trust New York;
Brian Halweil,
Editor of Edible East End, Publisher of Edible Manhattan/Brooklyn, and Co-Director, Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project;
Anna Lappé,
Activist and Author of Diet for a Hot Planet; Co-founder Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund;
Kate MacKenzie,
Director, Policy and Government Relations, City Harvest; and
Cheryl Rogowski,
Farmer, Activist and winner of the MacArthur Genius Award.

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