Food for the Spirit Media Advisory: Buffalo Food Justice Advocates and Partners Call for End to White Supremacy and Anti-Blackness

May 19, 2022
Posted in Greenmarket

Media Advisory
May 17, 2022
For more information, contact:
Rebekah Williams|
Rebekah@foodforthespirit.org

BUFFALO FOOD JUSTICE ADVOCATES AND PARTNERS CALL FOR END TO WHITE SUPREMACY AND ANTI-BLACKNESS

Intentional and systemic racism and historic disinvestment in Black communities has led to the circumstances of the tragic white-supremacist terrorist attack that left ten people dead and three wounded at a neighborhood grocery store on Saturday

BUFFALO, NY - No one should lose their lives while shopping for food.

The recent mass shooting in Buffalo happened in a grocery store in East Buffalo. Because of the history of redlining and ongoing disinvestment in East Buffalo, there are very few grocery stores, leading many Black residents to rely on one neighborhood grocery store for their day-to-day needs. Reliance on the neighborhood grocery stores is especially critical for individuals without cars and the elderly. In a recent household food survey of East Buffalo by a coalition of BFEN partners, 42% of respondents reported food insecurity, and 45% of those who are food insecure do not own any vehicles. Yesterday’s terrorist attack at that one grocery store most certainly highlights the importance of the work that many Buffalo residents and Buffalo Food Equity Networks members have been doing to fight food apartheid.

The root problem in Buffalo – and Buffalo’s food system – is white supremacy. We are calling on policy makers and society at large to retain focus on the institutional conditions that enabled the perpetrator to kill people in a Black neighborhood.

The Buffalo Food Equity Network (BFEN) is made up of over 100 people of color, predominantly Black folks who are East Buffalo residents, committed to addressing systemic racism in the food system in Buffalo and Western New York. BFEN members are growing food on urban farms and gardens; they are teaching people how to grow their own food at home; they are educating the public about the existence of racism in the food system; they are educating people on how racism in the food system impacts communities of color; they are advocating for more grocery stores in their communities; and they are advocating for increased investment in all these community-led activities and initiatives. We understand better than most the need for a healthier and equitable food environment in Buffalo. That said, Black neighborhoods need to be protected from acute violence toward Black people – and from chronic violence resulting from food apartheid. We need both things, and we need them now.

We are calling on policy makers to implement policies that will end acute and chronic violence against Black people. We are calling on policy makers and everyone to invest in Black communities and Black-led initiatives (see list in Buffalo). We are calling on people to exert pressure on elected officials and everyone in their sphere of influence to demand an end to extreme and chronic violence toward Black people.

The following quotes from Buffalo Food Equity Network founders, members, and partners are in alphabetical order by last name:

Ras Jomo Akono, CEO, ProJect Access to AFreeKa Radio and Arts, said “I am deeply saddened by the terrorist attack on our community. Our families, friends, and neighbors have been traumatized from 1619 in this land. Our human rights have been abridged and we are pursuing Justice for our Ancestors - our past , present, and future. Our local, national, and international community is sending love and support. We demand Justice and Repair for the continued Maafa - or Great Tragedy - that this modern attack has augmented.”

Dennice Barr, Buffalo Food Equity Network member and President, Fruit Belt Advisory Council, said “After having to take time to just breathe and regroup I can respond and offer tribute first to the elders and loved ones who were senselessly slaughtered for no reason other than being Black people in public. The lovelies who had lived with honor and dignity were targeted by a ruthless racist with murder as his only intention for living. The shock and outrage of this community that has lived through every demeaning, systemic plan to make the lives of respectable Black people as difficult as can be, this community that has endured long term from redlining, to denying basic human services such as adequate stores to spend our dollars in, has been the barriers that we have climbed over and around and to witness this young white male be walked out and placed into a police vehicle is in itself a showing of the systemic pieces working as every Person of Color recognizes without doubt that my son, their son wouldn’t have made it out of that parking lot alive. Too much pain from too much history that can’t even be honored by too many people who keep those barriers in place daily, but we will continue to climb over and around the barriers and carry the truth within us regardless, because we know who and what we truly are.”

Dr. Gwendolyn Baxley, Buffalo Food Equity Network member, said "Unfortunately, the tragic massacre on Saturday is not an isolated, singular incident. It is important to contextualize what happened Saturday as part of broader implicit and explicit AntiBlackness in our society historically and currently. In all of our interconnected systems -- education, housing, health,  employment, food access, etc. --  there have always been attacks on Black life and disdain for Blackness. Reckoning with this reality is crucial for considering any path forward."

Allison DeHonney, Executive Director, Buffalo Go Green Inc., said “We must end band-aid type solutions to systemic problems. We must understand that access to healthy food options and equity in our health care system are basic human rights. If we do not have healthy food we will not live healthy people. Investment must be made in organizations and businesses that have a vested interest in seeing disenfranchised people have equality in all the systems that continue to thrive on the oppression of black and brown people. Resolutions to these systemic problems directed by Black and Brown leadership is imperative. We need a strong sustainable local food system and that means folks working in these spaces need access to land, buildings, resources and a say in where economic investment is directed in order to put in place solutions that the system has failed to implement.”

Rita Hubbard-Robinson, JD, CEO, NeuWater, LLC, said “We have been fighting for so long and not heard. The systemic racism that was finally seen by the nation during the COVID pandemic are laid bare at this moment. In a horrific moment defined by a heinous racist act of violence and death, lives were lost, and a lifeline for medicine, bill paying, groceries, and personal and household needs was stolen. We will never make sense of this loss, but if we can finally address the systemic issues around food that our community continues to face, this loss can be a catalyst for new hope. We need our supermarket back with a renewed focus on improving health. With the population health of the Black community, we need additional stores on the east side beyond the one store closed as a present crime scene. We need the voices of our community to be heard and respected. And we need to be believed that racism exists in our daily lives, both in institutions and interactions.”

Pamela James, Buffalo Food Equity Network member and Co-Founder, West Valley Farm and Camp Sites, said "Although racial hatred has been rooted within the United States of America since its conception, love and truth can drive hatred out."

Della Miller, Community First, said “The health of a community is determined by the health of its people. Therefore we need a bigger and better supermarket to include community residents' participation. The store must include a wider selection of fresh quality produce, health food section, a community kitchen or demo kitchen, better hours, brighter lights in the parking lot, wider access in and out of store entrance, space for community room, and the store must invest in the surrounding community. These are some of the recommendations to bring a quality supermarket and justice to this community.”

Stephanie Morningstar, Mohawk, Turtle Clan, Executive Director, Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust & Network, said "This is not a singular issue that's disconnected from other mass acts of racialized hatred. This tragedy is the symptom of an interlocking system of oppressions that was built to systematically exclude and oppress Black folks and people of color from health and well-being, community wealth, and joy. Self-determination and dismantling systemic oppression are the only cures to ending the epidemic of White Supremacy in the systems that control access to food, justice, education, and healthcare."

Leah Penniman, Co-Founder of Soul Fire Farm and Author of Farming While Black, said “It is a moral outrage that the single most sacred and fundamental human duty - to feed our families - was exploited in this act of white supremacist terrorism. The colonial settler state has weaponized our access to food for over 400 years through land theft, chattel slavery, discriminatory lending, food apartheid, commodity rations, and corporate industrial food subsidies, among other acts of violence. Enough is enough. To free ourselves we must be able to feed ourselves.”

Dr. Samina Raja, Buffalo Food Equity Network member and Founder, UB Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab, said "Structural racism and violence toward Black communities perpetuates acute and chronic harm. The routine act of shopping ought not to be hazardous to life.”

Pamela Reese Smith, President of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) Rochester and Steering Committee Member, Black Farmers United NYS, said "After 400 years of repression there are still those who believe African Americans should not have citizenship in this country, even though our ancestors built it.”

Dr. Jared Strohl, Facilitator, Food for the Spirit, said "To stand in solidarity against white supremacy, we must support ongoing grassroots efforts happening in communities of color, particularly on the eastside of Buffalo where this tragedy occurred. Rather than white supremacy, it is time for white accountability--accountability to Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color in the ongoing fight against food apartheid and other forms of racial inequality."

Jaime Swygert, Community Activist and Founder, The Juneteenth Agricultural Pavilion, said "The fact that this disgusting, terroristic, evil act of violence took place in a grocery store is no coincidence. Access to food has been weaponized throughout history. From early crop burning and well poisoning, to present day food apartheid. Black people have been vocalizing the fact that we are targets of white supremacists who view us as sub-humans, only to be told, racism no longer exists and we need to stop making color an issue. Yes, donations and food distributions are a helpful immediate response, but it is time to get to the root of the problem. We will continue our work to empower and educate folks in our community on food related issues as a vehicle to liberation. As the community begins the healing process, it is important to honor this loss of precious lives and not lose momentum. Racism exists. This must be acknowledged as fact and the indoctrination of hate must be eradicated."

Gail V Wells, Founder, Founder, Buffalo Freedom Gardens, Member, Buffalo Food Equity Network and Member, Black Farmers United NYS, said: “The time has come for a serious conversation regarding reparations. My ancestors were stolen and kidnapped and forced to labor for over 400 years. After building America we were promised 40 acres and a mule, yet that debt has never been paid! As a result of white nationalism and supremacy our communities have been burned, our lives have been violently taken, our wealth has been stymied, and our humanity has been denied. How long do we have to wait for justice? The time for reparations is now!”

Rebekah Williams, Co-Founder, Food for the Spirit and the Buffalo Food Equity Network, said “There is not just one solution to the issues of racism and food apartheid in Buffalo. There needs to be policies created to address issues of historic disinvestment and racism in the food system. There needs to be increased investment in food organizations and initiatives led by people of color across the board, and there needs to be more education about systemic anti-Black racism throughout the United States and in our local communities.”

Alexander Wright, Founder, African Heritage Food Co-op and Blegacy Farms, said: "The attack was a physical manifestation of a problematic system. We have to take a hard look at everything and be honest about the racial bias inherent in the system, from funding, to licensing, to lending. And we, the community, must lead these efforts supported by allies and funding sources."

“The truth is that movements are comprised of many organizations and individuals taking risks, demonstrating leadership, and contributing ideas and work. The media has a role in telling this truth,” from Soul Fire Farm’s Beyond Heroes Media Guide: A Guide for the Media A Soul Fire Farm Guide to Accurate Reporting on Social Justice Work.

EVERYONE ACT NOW!

Publicly accessible photos can be found in this shared drive.

For more information about the Buffalo Food Equity Network, visit bit.ly/bflofoodequity-faqs or contact Rebekah@foodforthespirit.org.

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Founded in 2018, Food for the Spirit is the convener of the Buffalo Food Equity Network, a movement for Western New York’s new food economy led by communities of color, for communities of color. Anyone can join the network if they identify as a person of color. Serving people and communities in Buffalo, Western New York, the Finger Lakes, and beyond, Food for the Spirit’s mission is to use the arts and creative facilitation to bring about racial healing, ecological justice, and equitable food systems.

www.foodforthespirit.org 

 

Jazz Foundation at GrowNYC Greenmarkets

May 18, 2022
Posted in Greenmarket

Come out and hear Jazz Foundation musicians playing at GrowNYC Greenmarkets!

The Jazz Foundation of America, a non-profit organization based in Manhattan, provides retired professional jazz musicians with the opportunity to continue performing.

Through their "Gig Fund," the Jazz Foundation produces free, “pop-up” performances for underserved audiences. The shows take place in public spaces as opposed to traditional and costly venues, and engage new audiences who would not otherwise have the chance to hear these accomplished players. We are thrilled to announce the schedule of performers coming out to GrowNYC Greenmarkets. 

2022 SCHEDULE JAZZ FOUNDATION
AT GROWNYC GREENMARKETS 

May 21

    St George Saturday Greenmarket (SI)

George Braith

 May 24

    Brooklyn Borough Hall Tuesday Greenmarket (BK)  

Band TBD

 May 28

    Sunnyside Saturday Greenmarket (QNS)

Band TBD

 May 28

    7th Avenue Sunset Park Saturday Greenmarket (BK) 

Jerry Griffin
     
June 5     Domino Park Saturday Greenmarket (BK)   Band TBD
June 7     Astor Place Tuesday Greenmarket (MHTN) Band TBD
June 7     Oculus Plaza Tuesday Greenmarket (MHTN) Craig Haynes
June 14     Bronx Borough Hall Tuesday Greenmarket (BX) Band TBD
     
July 7     Myrtle-Wyckoff Plaza Thursday Greenmarket (QNS) Band TBD
July 9     57th Street Saturday Greenmarket (MHTN) Band TBD
July 12     Elmhurst Hospital Tuesday Greenmarket (QNS) Band TBD
July 15     Corona Plaza Friday Greenmarket (QNS) Band TBD


Presented in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America, with partial support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Seasonal Greenmarkets Opening!

May 3, 2022
Posted in Greenmarket

It's farmers market season in New York City!

GrowNYC's year-round Greenmarkets are fanning out as farmers bring additional delicious fruits and vegetables to market every day. And our seasonal Greenmarkets have begun opening. New Yorkers (and visitors!) can find a bounty of fresh, local products at our food access sites throughout the city. 

Check out individual market webpages for information about upcoming activities such as guest chefs, kids programming, and book signings. Every market has free recipes and cooking demonstrations!

All GrowNYC Greenmarkets accept SNAP/EBT, Debit/Credit, Healthfirst OTC cards (LIP and CC members only), WIC & Senior FMNP coupons, and Greenmarket Bucks accepted. Spend $2 in SNAP/EBT/P-EBT, get bonus $2 Health Buck, up to $10 per day.

We’re on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Follow us for up-to-date market news.
 

OPENING DATE   SEASONAL GREENMARKET
May 7   Bay Ridge Saturdays
May 8   Bartel-Pritchard Square Sundays (also open on Wednesdays)
May 15   Stuyvesant Town Sundays 
May 29   Bensonhurst Sundays
June 4   57th Street Saturdays (opens Wednesdays June 8)
June 5   Domino Park Sundays
June 7   Astor Place Tuesdays
June 7   Fort Washington Tuesdays
June 7   Bronx Borough Hall Tuesdays
June 7   Oculus Tuesdays 
June 10   Parkchester Fridays
June 11   Staten Island Mall Saturdays 
June 14   Elmhurst Tuesdays
June 15   Mount Sinai Hospital Wednesdays
June 19   92nd Street Sundays
June 24    Lincoln Hospital Fridays (open Tuesdays June 28)
June 24   Corona Fridays
June 28   Poe Park Tuesdays
June 30   175th St Thursdays 
July 7   Myrtle-Wyckoff Plaza Thursdays
July 7   Boro Park Thursdays
July 9   4th Avenue Sunset Park Saturdays
July 27   Flushing Wednesdays 

Notice of Expected Behavior during GrowNYC Programs

April 29, 2022
Posted in GrowNYC

GrowNYC is committed to providing safe and accepting community programing. We do so by standing firmly against hateful speech and behavior of all kinds and firmly behind our employees, partners, participants, community members and others who share our values. We welcome all who want to learn and improve the world we share, as long as they join us with an open mind and heart and treat each other with respect and dignity.

When you participate in GrowNYC program offerings you will:

  • Be considerate and respectful to all staff, fellow participants and the community at large.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior, materials, and speech.
  • Speak up if you observe anything at an event that conflicts with this Code of Conduct. If you are being harassed or feel uncomfortable, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member GrowNYC’s staff.

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR
Unacceptable behavior from any participant or attendee will not be tolerated. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning speech, materials, or conduct by any Attendee of the event and related event activities. Many event venues are shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
  • Violence, threats of violence, or violent language or symbols directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Personal insults or oppressive behavior, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, basis of ability, age, cultural background, education, ethnicity, immigration status, language, nationality, physical appearance, or religion. 
  • Taking photos or video or audio recordings which are used for the purpose of embarrassing or harassing an attendee, or edited or otherwise distorted for such purposes, or which use the likeness of an individual for commercial purposes without consent.
  • Any boisterous, lewd, or offensive behavior or language, including but not limited to using sexually explicit or offensive language, materials or conduct, or any language, behavior, or content that contains profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious, or ethnic slurs.
  • Failure to obey any rules or regulations or directions given by event staff.

GrowNYC may direct any Attendee who violates the Code of Conduct to leave the venue and reserves the right to ban individuals from all of GrowNYC’s events and programing. In addition, GrowNYC staff reserves the right to discontinue the program unless the unacceptable behavior is corrected, or the disruptive party leaves the venue.

Building Emotional Resilience Against Climate Change

April 13, 2022

Join us on April 28, 2022 at 4:30 PM for a free virtual round-table discussion about climate anxiety between NYC high schoolers and a climate-aligned psychologist.

 

Have you ever stayed up too late reading negative news stories about climate change? Do you feel anger towards people or politicians who aren’t doing enough to stop the devastation the planet faces? Do you worry about how it may affect you or your child’s life? These are all effects of climate anxiety or distress. If you are feeling this way, you are not alone.

Climate anxiety is a "form of psychological distress related to the climate crisis," also defined by the American Psychological Association as a “chronic fear of environmental doom.”

Who is affected by climate anxiety? Anyone aware of climate change and its harmful effects may experience some level of anxiety. Certain groups may face a higher risk of physical and mental health issues due to environmental causes. These groups include those who live in areas prone to extreme weather events, Indigenous people, displaced communities, or adolescents. Recent research has confirmed the phenomenon that many of us know to be true.

A 2021 study published in The Lancet found high rates of negativity and hopelessness regarding climate change among youth. The 10-country survey of 10,000 youth aged 16-25 asked how they felt about climate change and their government’s response to it. Nearly 60% said they felt ‘very worried’ or ‘extremely worried’ about climate change, and 45% of participants said that their feelings about climate change impacted their daily lives.

The breadth of this study demonstrates that while climate worries can feel isolating, there are many people worldwide that are facing similar struggles.

New York City’s climate forecast includes longer, hotter, and more frequent heat waves, sea level rise, and more extreme flooding. These impending problems have led to documented cases of climate anxiety in NYC. There are actions you can take to protect your health considering the issue of climate change. A new area of therapy has even emerged to tackle the issue.

Climate-aware therapists are professionally-trained psychotherapists who recognize that the climate crisis is both a global threat to all life on Earth and a deeply personal threat to the mental and physical well-being—the sense of safety, meaning, and purpose—of each individual, family, and community on the planet.

Therapy is only one solution of many for combatting climate anxiety. You have a chance to hear directly from a climate-aligned therapist about concrete ways to cope with climate anxiety and a greater understanding of the mental health struggle associated with a warming planet. On April 28, 2022 at 4:30 PM, GrowNYC will be moderating a conversation between NYC high school students and Dr. Wendy Greenspun, clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst who serves on the board of directors of the Climate Psychology Alliance–North America.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear from NYC high schoolers about how they are experiencing climate change and a professionally trained psychologist on ways to deal with it. If you are someone who may be suffering from climate anxiety or are concerned that your students or children are, consider tuning in on April 28.

We hope to see you there!

GrowNYC Virtual Seasonal Job Fair April 5

March 15, 2022
Posted in GrowNYC

Every day, GrowNYC employees see first-hand the impact they have on the environment and the lives of New Yorkers in all five boroughs. We’re a non-profit organization founded 50 years ago, and we operate farmers marketsFarmstandsFresh Food Box sitesfood scrap collections, and more.

We hire many seasonal staff starting in the early spring.

If you are interested in working for this dynamic organization to provide fresh food for all and reduce New York City's carbon footprint, join our job fair and meet our team!

At the GrowNYC Virtual Seasonal Job Fair, you will meet staff from each of our programs, hear more about seasonal jobs available at GrowNYC, and get a chance to ask questions about working with GrowNYC.

GrowNYC Seasonal Job Fair
Tuesday, April 5
6-7pm
FREE event, please register here.

Job Requirements:

  • We are looking for early-risers who can work outside in various weather conditions and lift heavy equipment.
  • Age 18+
  • Available May - November, including weekend days

Additional Skills Valued (but not required):

  • Proficient in languages other than English
  • Valid New York State Drivers license, and an interest in driving in NYC

GrowNYC positions (seasonal and otherwise) and Greenmarket farm and farm stand job opportunities are posted here: 
GrowNYC job opportunities and Greenmarket farm and farm stand job opportunities.

Notice of Voluntary Recall, Ronnybrook Farm Ice Cream

February 15, 2022
Posted in GrowNYC

GrowNYC has received notification from Greenmarket producer Ronnybrook Farm that due to the possibility of contamination they are voluntarily recalling the following products sold at their farm stand and other retailers within expiry. 

  • Ronnybrook Ice cream all flavor pints & 3 gallon tub (all effected products will have the manufacturing plant number “CT121” or “CT#121”) 

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these products. This is a voluntary and precautionary recall. 

These products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Consumers who have purchased products listed above are urged to return these products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-772-6455.

Company Contact Information:
Ronnybrook Farm Dairy 
1-800-772-6455

View the full Ronnybrook Farm Voluntary Product Recall details here.

New York Seafood Week!

January 31, 2022
Posted in Greenmarket

March 7-11 we are celebrating New York fish and shellfish and all are welcome!

New York Sea Grant, in collaboration with industry, academic and other professional seafood stakeholders, including GrowNYC, will host its 2022 New York Seafood Summit in-person and virtually.

The goal of the summit is to convene a group of enthusiastic professionals with vested interest in seafood to build active communications between the various sectors of New York's seafood industry. Each year at the summit we try to highlight some of New York’s bountiful seafood supply and introduce participants to the delicious, diverse, and versatile seafood’s available locally. 

Participating Restaurants
If you are a chef/restaurant interested in highlight New York fish or shellfish on your menus March 5-11, we'd love to promote you! Sign up here

Reverence, Harlem 
Greenwalk Trout Minuite

232 Bleeker, West Village
Grilled Sea Bream with Green Curry and Crepes

Cookshop, Chelsea
Long Island Skate, Sorana beans, Wild Mushrooms
Oyster Pond oysters, Orient, NY

La Vara, Cobble Hill
Skate Wing on the bone with Ajada; Whole Fluke with Refrito de Ajo; Squid and Hake Rossejat

Saint Julivert, Cobble Hill 
Scallop Tacos; Squid a la Plancha; Hake Pot Pie; Skate on the bone

Troutbeck, Amenia, NY
Hudson Valley Fisheries Steelhead Trout Toast; Clam Tagliatelle

Seafood Summit Schedule 
Participants must register in advance for panels and discussions. Registration information here.

Monday, March 7, 2022
2PM - 5PM

Urban Aquaponics
International Foodservice and Restaurant Show - Javits Center, 429 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10001
In-person Event, REGISTER HERE and HERE
Participants must also register via the International Foodservice and Restaurant Show website, use the code SEAFOOD for a free registration.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022
2PM - 5PM

New York Fisheries
Cornell Cooperative Extension - 423 N. Griffing Ave. #100, Riverhead, NY 11901
In-person Event, REGISTER HERE 

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
2PM - 3:30PM

New Yorks Emerging Seaweed Sector
Virtual Event, REGISTER HERE

Thursday, March 10, 2022
1PM - 4PM

Land Based Recirculating Aquaculture
Culinary Institute of America - 1946 Campus Drive, Hyde Park, NY 12538
In-person Event, REGISTER HERE 

Friday, March 11, 2022
2PM - 3:30PM

New York’s Commercial Fisheries
Virtual Event, REGISTER HERE

We hope to see you at the 2022 Seafood Summit!

You can check out a news archive that highlights previous seafood summits.

Also, there's a story map highlighting the New York Seafood Summit, which began in 2016 as a means of highlighting seafood efforts across New York and provide an opportunity for cross sector collaboration.

GrowNYC Schedule Changes Due to Inclement Weather

January 27, 2022
Posted in GrowNYC

If there are changes to GrowNYC programming or operations due to inclement weather this blog post will be information central for up-to-the-minute schedule changes. Inclement weather in the city or in the greater region does affect markets; markets may close early, or farmers may not be able to make it into the city.

Sunday, January 30
ALL Greenmarket and Food Scrap Drop-off locations are OPEN. Visit individual market webpages for Producer attendance.

Individual Greenmarket webpages list daily farmer attendance by opening hour the day of the market. Bookmark your market and check it before heading out the door.  

Follow us on social media for real-time updates:
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Union Square Greenmarket Facebook // Instagram
Manhattan Greenmarkets Facebook // Instagram
Queens Greenmarkets Facebook // Instagram
Brooklyn Greenmarkets Facebook // Instagram
Staten Island Greenmarkets Facebook // Instagram
Fresh Food Box Facebook
Farmer and Producer List and Social Media Links

GrowNYC Grainstand Closing

December 8, 2021
Posted in Greenmarket



For the past 10 years, GrowNYC has worked to build a marketplace for local grains. We've served as an essential value chain coordinator, convener, and market booster behind the resurgence of small grains in the Northeast. 

We are so proud of the work we've done, and the fact that local grains are now widely available in many locations throughout the City, and in many of the breads and baked goods you eat everyday. 

We regret to inform our community that at the end of December we'll be closing the GrowNYC Grainstand and Craft Beverage Pop-Up

GrowNYC always intended the Grainstand as a temporary springboard for the Northeast grains movement (a definitive success!), but maintaining our own retail stand at markets sometimes pushed our operations capabilities to the limit and it is no longer logistically feasible for us to maintain the program. GrowNYC will continue to champion regional grains, within our organization and in partnership with the many stakeholders we’ve developed over the years. We are working with these partners to identify additional retail opportunities for local grains.

Below you will find a list of all the businesses where you can find your favorite regional grains and beans, both at NYC retail locations and online.

Beginning in the new year, GrowNYC's work with local grains will be exclusive to our wholesale division. For inquiries about wholesale orders please contact grains@grownyc.org 

Without you, the success of this endeavor to make regional grains available, so important to healthy systems, both human and environmental, would never have been possible. Thank you! 


GrowNYC Grainstand Producers 
Angelica Mill
Castle Valley Milling
Champlain Valley Milling
Farmer Ground Flour
Gianforte Farm
Peter & Hanna Martens Farm/ Lakeview Organic Grain
Maine Grains
Sfoglini Pasta
Small Valley Milling
Wild Hive Farm


Grains and beans sold by Greenmarket farms:
Availability of grains and of beans from these producers is seasonal and quantities and varieties are limited.

Grains/Flour
Lani's Farm
Oak Grove
Wildcraft Farm

Dry Beans
Mountain Sweet Berry Farm
Quarton Farm
Norwich Meadows Farm
Amoon Farm
Wood Thrush Farm
Rooted Family Farm
J&A Farm
Good Find Farm
Lani's Farm

 

 

 

 

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