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Internship Opportunity: Greenmarket Youth Education Project

Greenmarket Youth Education Internship Description

Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC

51 Chambers Street Suite 1231, New York, NY 10007

Phone – 212.341.2321 Email – shill@grownyc.org

 

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.

The Greenmarket Youth Education Project 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.

Spotlight on Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts: Greenmarket

As residents around the city work together to recover from Hurricane Sandy, regional farmers are happy to return to neighborhood Greenmarkets, bringing with them a bountiful supply of fresh food. GrowNYC’s Greenmarkets were up and running 48 hours after the storm hit, just as supplies in many city stores were starting to dwindle. By Saturday, we had set up donation sites at 13 of our markets around the city where customers could buy an extra bag of produce.

Internship Available: East Harlem Food Box Program at Greenmarket

 

East Harlem Food Box Internship
Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC
51 Chambers Street Suite 1231, New York, NY 10007
Phone – 212.788.3581; Email – egregg@grownyc.org

Greenmarket Organization Information
The mission of Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC, 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.

Internship Available: Halsey Food Box Program at Greenmarket

Halsey Food Box Internship
Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC
51 Chambers Street Suite 1231, New York, NY 10007
Phone – 212.788.3581; Email – egregg@grownyc.org

Greenmarket Organization Information
The mission of Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC, 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.

Sept 8: Greenmarket Youth Education Sandwich Smackdown

Get ready for the inaugural Greenmarket Sandwich Smackdown!

This fun, kid-friendly event hosted by the Greenmarket Youth Education Project, will take place on Saturday, September 8th at the Union Square Greenmarket, and will be an opportunity for kids ages 6 to 14 years old to show off their sandwich making skills and love for local food!  Teams of kids and adults will be working together to shop for local ingredients at the Union Square Greenmarket to create the ultimate market-inspired snack.

Kids and adults interested in forming a team to represent an organization, company or individual group can sign up here.

Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Food Day 2011

By Rosalin Luetum

On Monday, October 24, hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered at more than 2,300 states throughout the country for Food Day – making it the largest grassroots mobilization for improved food policies in history, according to its sponsor, the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

New Yorkers participated in a wide array of Food Day events organized throughout the boroughs.  At the top of the day, Mayor Michael Bloomberg greeted morning commuters at Steinway Street and 34th Avenue, Queens, handing out fresh apples as an example of an easy, affordable step to better health.  More than 3,000 apples were distributed, through a generous donation from the New York Apple Association.

Food enthusiasts of all ages found fun, creative ways to celebrate Food Day.  At Fairway in Harlem, two teams of HealthCorps high school students participated in Family Cook Productions' Teen Battle Chef Showdown, presenting two different ethnic recipes involving seasonal produce. Click here for showdown photos and a recipe for the winning dish, Indian Chickpea Curry with Butternut Squash.

Real Farm Bill Stories: Greenmarket, GrowNYC

by Cheryl Huber
October 3, 2011

Greenmarket, a program of GrowNYC, was founded in 1976 with a two-fold mission, to promote regional agriculture by providing small family farms the opportunity to sell their locally grown products directly to consumers and to ensure that all New York City residents have access to the freshest, most nutritious, locally grown food the region has to offer.

What began over three decades ago with 12 farmers in a parking lot on 59th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan has now grown to become the largest and most diverse outdoor urban farmers market network in the country, now with more than 50 markets, over 230 family farms and fishers participating, and over 30,000 acres of farmland protected from development.

Greenmarket received a grant through the USDA/AMS Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) in 2009, enabling the expansion of its food access work. Through the grant funding, Greenmarket made healthy, locally-grown food more accessible and affordable to lower-income neighborhoods by increasing the number of farmers’ markets who accept SNAP (Food Stamps) Electronic Benefit Transfers (EBT) and by assuming operations of the Wholesale Farmers Market (WFM), located in the New Fulton Fish Market in the Bronx.  The funding available through FMPP was critical in reaching these goals.

Q&A With Michael Hurwitz of Greenmarket

In this Q&A conducted by FSNYC's Ed Yowell, we asked Michael Hurwitz, Director of New York City's Greenmarket, which runs 53 markets throughout the five boroughs, about EBT usage at farmers' markets in the city. This interview supplements the article Farm Bill 1.06 about SNAP benefits and the Farm Bill.

FSNYC: It seems that getting people to use their SNAP benefits at farmers’ markets is a bit of an uphill climb. Why does it seem so difficult?

Hurwitz: I would actually argue the opposite, that in five years we’ve seen our EBT sales numbers at market explode. (Note, SNAP acceptance at Greenmarket has increased from three markets in 2005 to 43 markets in 2010 and the value of SNAP sales has increased from about $14,000 in 2006 to more than $500,000 in 2010.) We have had a 90% increase in new (SNAP) EBT (debit card) users at market per year. I think any industry would covet these numbers, particularly in this economy. While this may be uphill, we’re sprinting up that hill. (See http://www.grownyc.org/greenmarket/ebt/history.)

These numbers, of course, don’t tell the whole story, for even if NYC farmers’ markets earn $1 million in SNAP sales in 2011, that is less than a percent of total available SNAP dollars in the city. I think the challenges that remain include markets are mostly open one day per week, have limited hours due to upstate farmers needing to get home, are seasonal by nature, don’t carry every product such as tropicals, rice, and toilet paper and are less convenient, if (shopping) time is the factor.

Apples at the Greenmarket

Second Annual Taste of Greenmarket

Wednesday October 28th
Join us for an extraordinary evening as over 20 of New York’s most renowned chefs present tastings of Greenmarket-inspired signature dishes.

Participating chefs include:

Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern,
Dan Barber of Blue Hill & Blue Hill at Stone Barns,
April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig,
Jean Francois Bruel of Daniel,

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