Speaker Quinn announces compost expansion

This morning, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn unveiled a a 4-month pilot program to expand current food scrap collections from NYC households at six additional Greenmarkets.

A pilot program will allow New York City residents to compost food scraps at six new Greenmarket locations. New Yorkers will now be able to drop off fruit and vegetable scraps for composting at 10 Greenmarkets in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

Read about our expanded compost program.

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Greenmarket recipes are here

Results from the Greenmarket Epicurious Recipe Contest are in and we have 50 new recipes to offer, all of which use local, seasonal ingredients from the Greenmarket!

Thanks to all our shoppers who contributed their favorite market recipe.

Take me to the recipes.

GrowNYC Annual Report released

GrowNYC is proud to annouce the release of our 2010 Annual Report, a comprehensive guide to all of GrowNYC's programs and activities from the past year.

The front cover features a gorgeous photograph of New York City's 5 boroughs rendered with Greenmarket fruits and vegetables. The photo was made possible by our new board member Everard Findlay and Everard Findlay LLC.

Check out our annual report below, or send us an e-mail if you'd like a hard copy.

Click to view our Annual Report

NFDP presents at NOFA-NY

Eleven New Farmer Development Project farmers participated in this year’s NOFA-NY annual winter conference, which brought together nearly 1400 organic farmers, gardeners, activists and eaters from around New York state.

NFDP participants included Nestor Tello, the Project’s first farmer, who gathered information for his recently purchased 25 acres in Greene County, NY, and Martin Rodriguez, who had the opportunity to present his unique method of cultivating Mexican culinary herbs to Spanish-speaking conference attendees.

NFDP provided simultaneous interpretation for Martin’s presentation, as well as 6 workshops and 3 keynote presentations during the 2-day conference, whose theme this year was "Digging Diversity." Look for video clips of Martin’s presentation on the NFDP website in the near future.

NFDP Graduates 13 Immigrant Farmers

On the ten-year anniversary of the New Farmer Development Project, the project completed another successful farmer training class, La Nueva Siembra. Designed specifically for immigrants with agricultural experience who are interested in starting their own operation, the course concluded a successful run with 13 graduates. These future farmers hailed from Guatemala, Mexico, Taiwan, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the U.S., and learned to develop business plans as diverse as their backgrounds. From an online mushroom CSA to urban aquaculture, their ideas are now entering the new planning phase, with individual assistance from the NFDP staff for the 2011 growing season.

Offered Tuesday evenings from October to December and concluding with a weekend intensive, La Nueva Siembra covered a wide range of topics including Goals and Skills Evaluation, Finding Land, Finances, Labor and Development Laws, and Marketing and Production Plans, to name a few. To increase the effectiveness of the curriculum, many students took advantage of workshops organized by NFDP and its partners throughout late summer and early fall – Marketing in the Market, Seed Saving, Farm Tour and Tractor Safety. Participants also had the opportunity to attend various conferences with the NFDP staff and current farmers throughout the fall and winter, and will continue to do so as 2011 progresses.

As “real world” complementary elements to the class, four guest farmers gave presentations, advice, and answered the multitude of questions for class participants. The NFDP sincerely thanks Martin and Gaudencia Rodriguez, Sergio and Paz Nolasco, Jorge Carmona, and Nestor Tello for sharing their precious time and invaluable experience with the LNS class of 2010!

Congratulations to all the graduates and best of luck! We all look forward to following your stories as your farming plans unfold!

Governor Cuomo features GrowNYC

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo released A Transformational Plan for a New New York, a 31-page plan designed to "fundamentally transform New York State’s government and economy."

The plan included a section entitled Expand Fresh Food into Urban Centers: Urban Markets meets NY Produce, prominently featuring the Greenmarket program, our new Wholesale Greenmarket at the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, and our extensive EBT/SNAP/WIC program at Greenmarkets.

Read the Transformational Plan for a New New York.

NFDP's 10th Anniversary


This past Saturday night, more than 40 graduates of the "La Nueva Siembra" training program celebrated the tenth anniversary of GrowNYC’s New Farmer Development Project.

“There were 75 total guests, with 8 current farmers and more than 40 graduates from La Nueva Siembra, including 5 participants from the most recent 2010 class," reported Chris Wayne, NFDP Coordinator. Special guests included both the founding director of the project, Rachel Danifer, and the previous director, Kate Granger. Also in attendance were long time Cornell Cooperative Extension agent and NFDP training specialist John Ameroso and his wife Linda.

Nestor Tello, an egg and chicken producer from Dutchess County, was the winner of the evening’s raffle and took home a broadcast seeder and a 50lb bag of cover crop seed. He hopes to use the seed on a new piece of property that he is in the process of acquiring in Greene County.

Greenmarket holiday schedule

All Saturday Greenmarkets will be closed on Saturday, December 25 and Saturday, January 1.  The schedule for Sunday Greenmarkets, effective December 26 and January 2, is below.

77th Street – closed Dec 26, open Jan 2

Carroll Gardens – closed Dec 26, open Jan 2
Columbia – open Dec 26 and Jan 2
Cortelyou – open Dec 26 and Jan 2
Jackson Heights – closed Dec 26 and Jan 2
Tompkins – open Dec 26 and Jan 2

There will be no textile collections at any market on December 24-26, December 31, and January 1-2.


Where to buy a Christmas tree & other holiday decor

Farmers at several Greenmarket locations harvest a variety of evergreen trees. Here's a list of markets where you can get a locally grown tree, wreath, or garland for all your holiday decorating needs:


77th Street Sunday
Abingdon Square Saturday
Union Square Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday


Brooklyn Boro Hall Saturday
Fort Greene Park Saturday
Grand Army Plaza Saturday

Thanksgiving Produce Bags

GrowNYC's Thanksgiving Produce Bags were a big hit this year, distributing close to 2,000 lb of fresh, local produce to Harlem residents for the holiday. $4 produce bags filled with 5 pounds of seasonal vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and collard greens were sold at four locations throughout Harlem.

Thanks to all our partners and volunteers who made it possible! See you next year.