Here for the Long Run Campaign: GrowNYC Needs Your Support

October 21, 2020
Posted in GrowNYC

For the last 50 years, we have believed that everyone can make a positive impact and that collective action is necessary to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

We have worked nonstop throughout this challenging year to:

  • Provide fresh, healthy food choices to New Yorkers in every borough, quickly implementing strict safety protocols that served as a model for farmers markets across the country
  • Launch a free emergency food box program for communities facing food insecurity exacerbated by the pandemic
  • Grow and donate more than 12,500 lbs. of produce (and counting) from our Teaching Garden at Governors Island to neighborhood groups distributing food to their communities
  • Create free digital educational programming and resources for all ages on a brand new distance learning site
  • Build and restore community gardens that provide a place for respite and where neighbors can grow their own food

GrowNYC is facing unprecedented challenges and we need your financial support to keep basic programs going: community gardens, food access sites, composting and environmental education.

Give $50 or more by December 31, 2020 to enter to win 2 JetBlue round trip travel certificates.

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Rye Week 2020

October 16, 2020
Posted in Greenmarket

GrowNYC is proud to participate in Rye Week, a yearly celebration of rye as an agricultural product in New York State, which will take place from October 17 – 25.

Throughout Rye Week, Greenmarkets across the city will also host a number of craft distilleries selling rye-based spirits and Empire Rye. Five years ago, six prominent New York State distilleries came up with the concept for Empire Rye, a whiskey style for the Empire State. Similar to the way Kentucky has a style of bourbon with strict standards, each Empire Rye distiller must adhere to the same specifications in producing their rye. 

“Not only does New York State’s craft beverage program create jobs, boost local economies, and financially benefit local grain farmers,” says GrowNYC President and CEO Marcel Van Ooyen, “it’s also great for the environment. Small grains are good for the soil when used in rotation with other crops. As the demand for grains like rye increases, so does the health of the soil on New York farms.”

RYE WEEK CRAFT DISTILLERY SCHEDULE

Saturday, October 17: Union Square Greenmarket - New York Distilling Co.
Saturday, October  17: McCarren Park Greenmarket - New York Distilling Co.
Sunday, October 18: Jackson Heights - Standard Wormwood
Wednesday, October 21: Union Square - New York Distilling Co.
Saturday, October 24: Union Square - Van Brunt Stillhouse
Sunday, October 25: 79th Street Greenmarket - Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery
Sunday, October 25: Columbia University Greenmarket -Tuthilltown Spirits

 

GrowNYC's Food, Waste, and Climate Virtual Workshop Series: Part One 10/16

October 14, 2020

GrowNYC's Food, Waste, and Climate Virtual Workshop Series: Part One 10/16

Celebrate World Food Day with us this Friday, October 16, by learning what you can do to support a sustainable food system. We'll explore what makes a food system sustainable and why it is so important for our own food security and the health of our planet.

This virtual workshop is the first in GrowNYC's Food, Waste, and Climate series.  Here's the link to register.

How we grow, distribute, and dispose of our food has an impact on the health of the planet. GrowNYC's Food, Waste and Climate is a three-part series that explores the intersection of food and waste with the fight against the climate crisis.

This series is recommended for middle and high school students and educators. Participants who register as a teacher will be provided access to a google classroom with additional extension materials, discussion questions, and an exit slip that can be shared with students.

Can't make the scheduled times? Choose a time and register for the Recording and Google Classroom ticket and we will send the materials to you the week following the event. (No need to register for both if you are attending the live virtual event as all participants will receive follow up materials.)

Here's a link to more information about the series.

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