The Educated Eater Re-cap: Regional Farming in a Changing Climate

October 8, 2013
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged educated eater

In case you weren’t able to make it to New School last week for our Educated Eater panel discussion, Regional Farming in a Changing Climate, a video of the event is available below. Farmer Keith Stewart of Keith’s Farm, Sonali McDermaid of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and Beatriz Beckford, New School faculty member, joined GrowNYC’s FARMroots director Challey Comer to talk about the impacts of the changing climate on regional agriculture, here in the northeast, globally, and how these changes effect our food security as city residents.

"Winners and losers, start to develop globally," said McDermaid, of farmers who are already being severly impacted by climate change. "A rethinking of how we define our markets is in order. Farmers need options. When you don't have options, you can't compete. And when you can't compete, you become disadvantaged in the global market."

"We do things that are insurance against these large scale climate events. Organic farmers grow diversified crops, so we don't have all of our eggs in one basket," noted Stewart. He also said, "We need to take farm preservation seriously. I think the city needs to start thinking not just about its water shed, but about its food shed."

Watch their full conversation below, and join us for the next Educated Eater on November 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The International Culinary Center. We’ll be discussing the future of dairy farming in the Northeast.

Greenmarket's Educated Eater series continues

August 11, 2011
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged educated eater, panels

Greenmarket's fall semester is officially in session!

We're proud to present three Educated Eater panel discussions where we invite New Yorkers to join regional farmers and local food advocates in conversations with that explore aspects of our agricultural sector here in the Northeast.

Immigrant Farmers & Local Food: Greenmarket's International Community
Wednesday, August 24, 6-8 p.m.
The Astor Center
399 Lafayette St. (at East 4th St.)
Tickets: $15. Purchase here.

While all the food available at Greenmarket is grown within a specific radius around the City, several of the program's farmers hail from countries far removed from the Northeast. This anecdotal panel discussion will focus on their journeys to New York, the culinary and agricultural traditions they brought with them, and how they've introduced aspects of their heritage to the Greenmarket community. Speakers include Jorge Carmona of Amantai Farm, Sandy Kim of Hot Bread Kitchen, Hector Perez of Jersey Farms Produce and David Rowley of Monkshood Nursery. Greenmarket's publicity coordinator, Jeanne Hodesh, will moderate. Light fare prepared by Jacques Gautier of Palo Santo and cocktails by Jennifer Smith of the Astor Center will be served at a reception following the panel.

In Defense of Corn
Wednesday, September 14, 6-8 p.m.
The French Culinary Institute
462 Broadway, Ampitheatre
Tickets: $15. Purchase here.

Look beyond high fructose corn syrup and join us as we explore the misconstrued crop of corn, defending its rich history and culinary merits. Greenmarket's fall semester of Educated Eater panel discussions continues with a line-up of experts who will examine corn in its many incarnations: corn on either side of the equator, distilled corn, corn as animal feed, and corn through the ages, from a native crop to its present state in the Northeast. Speakers include Jessamyn Waldman of Hot Bread Kitchen and Thor Oeschner of Farmer Ground Flour, moderated by Ian Cheney, director of King Corn. A tasting of popcorn and corn-centric snacks will follow the discussion.

Farmland Conservation
Wednesday, November 16, 6-8 p.m.
The New School, Theresa Lang Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
Tickets: $5. 212.229.5488 or
Free to students and New School faculty, staff, and alumni with ID

Greenmarket was launched in 1976 with a twofold mission: to give New Yorkers access to locally grown food while keeping regional farmland in production and protected from development. Thirty-five years later, 230 family farms, constituting more than 30,000 acres of farmland, sell their products at Greenmarkets. The pressure to develop farmland is particularly high in our region, and devising strategies to keep farmland in production is of paramount importance. The challenges and solutions to protecting farms from development are discussed by speakers including David Haight, New York director of American Farmland Trust; moderator John Clinton, chair of the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management program at The New School; and others to be announced. Sponsored by Greenmarket and the New School Food Studies program.

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