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.

Grains Week - a success!

Greenmarket Grains Week—seven days of collaborative programming to promote the re-emergence of local grains in our regional food system—has ended, and we're proud to say that it was a huge success! Home bakers compared recipes and tried each other's bread; experts discussed the past, present, and future of local grains; and baking classes and cooking demonstrations showed New Yorkers how to use local grains to make anything from pancakes to bagels.

Greenmarket recipe contest

Calling all home cooks! Online recipe website Epicurious is hosting a Greenmarket-inspired recipe contest. Turn in your best market recipe (from any time of year) and you could win $1,000 and have your recipe posted on the GrowNYC website!

Go to the contest webpage.

Holiday Greenmarket & Textile Collection Schedule

The week of Thanksgiving, all Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday markets will be open. Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26, all markets will be closed. Markets will resume their normal schedules on Saturday, November 27.

Some markets have rescheduled their Thursday and Friday dates; details below:


175th Street: Closed Thursday 11/25
97th Street: Open Wednesday, 11/24 + accepting textiles, Closed Friday 11/26,
Bowling Green: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Thursday, 11/25
City Hall: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Friday, 11/26
Columbia: Open Tuesday, 11/23, Closed Thursday, 11/25
Port Authority: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Thursday, 11/25
Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal: Closed Friday 11/26
Tucker Square: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Thursday, 11/25
World Financial Center Battery Park City: Closed Thursday, 11/25


Boro Park: Closed Thursday, 11/25
Brooklyn Boro Hall: Closed Thursday, 11/25
Grand Army Plaza: Open Wednesday, 11/24 (no textile collection)
Williamsburg: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Thursday, 11/25,