NFDP's 10th Anniversary

December 22, 2010


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

December 21, 2010
Posted in Greenmarket

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

December 8, 2010
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged holidays, trees

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

December 2, 2010

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!

November 29, 2010
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged Grains, grains week

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

November 21, 2010
Posted in Greenmarket

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

November 19, 2010
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged thanksgiving

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,

Thanksgiving Produce Bags

November 16, 2010

On Saturday November 20th, GrowNYC's Wholesale Greenmarket, in partnership with participating schools, community organizations, churches and health advocates, will pilot a food distribution program in Harlem for the coming Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving Produce Bags, filled with 5 pounds of fresh, local produce, including potatoes, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, and collard greens, will be available for $4 at three main distribution sites in Harlem.  EBT will be accepted.  A downloadable flier for the event is available here.

Distribution sites:

Harlem 4 Center for Change 2479 Frederick Douglas Blvd [map]
P.S. 76 Community Garden W 120th Street near 7th Ave/Adam Clayton Blvd [map]
Harlem Day Charter 240 East 123rd Street [map]
Additional locations will be announced shortly.

For additional information please contact Mike Morris.

Holiday food donations

November 15, 2010
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, GrowNYC is partnering with local food rescue organizations to help feed New York City's hungry men, women, and children. For one day, customers shopping at the Greenmarkets listed below can purchase an extra bag of produce and donate it at the Greenmarket manager’s tent.

Most needed items: Apples, pears, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, onions, potatoes, root vegetables, and winter squash

Mt. Sinai Greenmarket
November 17
Collection for Yorkville Common Pantry

Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
November 20
Collection for City Harvest

Union Square Greenmarket
November 20
Collection for City Harvest

Abingdon Square Greenmarket
November 20
Collection for The Bowery Mission

Tompkins Square Park Greenmarket
November 21
Collection for City Harvest

77th Street Greenmarket
November 21
Collection for City Harvest

Tribeca Greenmarket
November 24
Collection for Housing & Services, Inc.


Million Pound Challenge, explained

November 8, 2010

GrowNYC's textile recycling program recently announced the Million Pound Challenge, an effort to reach more New Yorkers in order to help them recycle their unwanted clothing, linens, and shoes. We spoke to Christina Salvi, Assistant Director of the Office of Recycling Outreach and Education, about textile recycling, why it's important, and how far along we are with the Challenge.

Where did the idea for the Million Pound Challenge come from?
6% of NYC's residential waste stream consists of textiles, like sheets, towels and unwanted clothing. That's 193,000 tons a year, which means that New Yorkers throw away 733 pounds of textiles every minute.

We've been collecting clothing and textiles at select Greenmarkets since 2007. We were in the process of evaluating our promotion of this program when the latest numbers came in at 750,000 pounds collected. So we thought, "Let's go for a million!" Right now we’re around 900,000 pounds.

Where have those 900,000 pounds of textiles been going?
We partner with Wearable Collections, a textiles recycling company that gives a certain percentage of their proceeds back to charitable organizations. They not only accept material at some of our markets, but also provide collection bins and do pickups at residential buildings.

Wearable Collections takes the material to a sorting facility where items are designated as usable or non-usable. The usable items will go to secondhand markets like thrift stores. Materials that are stained, ripped, or otherwise non-usable are further sorted into grades like cotton and synthetic blends. These textiles are then distributed to different markets and manufacturers that can turn them into things like car seats, insulation, and industrial rags.

Where can people drop off their stuff?
We are hoping to continue expansion of the program, but for now we have weekly drop-off sites at 8 markets in 3 boroughs on 4 days of the week. We also have special collections taking place during the Million Pound Challenge, like at the Bronx Borough Hall Greenmarket on November 2, 9, 16 and 23.

People can bring any clean and dry textiles including clothing, paired shoes, sheets, towels, hats, bags and belts. We offer receipts for tax deductions as well.

People should wash everything before they donate?
Yes. It's okay if things have stains, but they should be laundered before donation. You can bring them in a plastic bag or just pack them in a reusable bag that you can empty into bins at the drop-off site.

What happens if you reach 1,000,000 pounds?
1,000,000 million pounds is a nice big number, but we see it as a great place to start. Keeping textiles out of landfills helps reduce disposal costs for taxpayers and prevents landfilling of materials that could create powerful greenhouse gasses. It will be great to reach a million pounds, but we will need to keep working to divert more material from going to waste; what it would mean is that we've made that many more people aware and have activated them to participate in recycling.

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