Announcing GrowNYC's Year End Campaign

September 27, 2019
Posted in GrowNYC | Tagged Support, holiday, Giving, End of Year, GrowNYC

For nearly 50 years, GrowNYC has been scaling individual actions to create a massive collective impact on the environment through our food access, environmental education, zero waste, and open green space programs. Serving over 3 million New Yorkers every year, our mark on the city covers every borough including Governors Island, half the city's public schools, and into NYC's greater agricultural region.

GrowNYC is HERE for the long run.

And we are dreaming bigger than ever, digging our heels into the ground in the face of global climate change and determined to amplify a movement powered by people.

Help us take your investment in your community to the next level. Make a gift before January 1 to participate.

Rye Day 10/11 at the Union Square Greenmarket

September 25, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

GrowNYC is proud to participate in the third annual Rye Week, a celebration of rye as an agricultural product in New York State, which will take place from October 12 – 20.

October 11th will be Rye Day at the Union Square Greenmarket. Johanna Kindvall, author of Smorgasbord: The Art of Swedish Breads and Savory Treats, will be at market signing books and demonstrating how to prepare flat breads with rye flour. Also in attendance will be Breuckelen Distilling, Empire Rye, and Nahmias et Fils, and the the GrowNYC Grainstand

“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.”

Fall 2019 Food Box Training

September 24, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

Fall 2019 Food Box training - save the date Friday, Oct 11th

GrowNYC is happy to announce our fall 2019 Fresh Food Box Training.  This free training is for nonprofit organizations interested in operating their own Fresh Food Box wholesale buying club for fresh, high-quality, local foods at below-retail prices. Customers pre-order bags one week in advance on the designated distribution day, and the next week pick up their Fresh Food Box share. Each share contains 6-10 seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as information on how to store and prepare the produce they’ve received.

This training will cover:

  • How to source farm-fresh foods in wholesale volumes via Greenmarket Co., GrowNYC's local food distribution program
  • GrowNYC's Fresh Food Box best practices that can be adapted to meet the needs of your community
  • Resources including manuals, order guides, and recordkeeping documents to help you operate a successful Food Box site

In order to operate a Fresh Food Box, organizations need the following capacity:

  • 6-10 staff hours per week (for distribution, program administration, promotion, and bookkeeping)
  • Accessible distribution location with good foot traffic
  • Storage space for equipment (folding tables, tents, etc.)
  • Some organizations may be eligible for $10,000 in funding from the New York State Department of Ag and Markets to support the operation of your Fresh Food Box site. For more information, click here.

If your organization or community group meets the above capacity guidelines and wishes to operate your own food box, please join us!  Apply for up to two free tickets here.

GrowNYC's Fresh Food Box Funding & Training Opportunities
Friday, October 11
2PM - 5PM
100 Gold Street, Manhattan 

 

Notice of Voluntary Recall, Consider Bardwell Farm

September 24, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

Notice of Voluntary Recall, Consider Bardwell Farm

GrowNYC has received notification from Greenmarket producer Consider Bardwell Farm that due to the possibility of contamination they are voluntarily recalling the following cheeses sold at their farm stand and other retailers from 4/28/19 until present.

  • Dorset
  • Slyboro
  • Experience

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these products. This is a voluntary and precautionary recall initiated by Consider Bardwell Farm. The contamination was discovered by routine testing of finished products and the manufacturing environment.

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 in the above table are urged to return these products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 802-645-9928.

Company Contact Information:
Consider Bardwell Farm
802-645-9928 (8:00 AM until 5:00 PM)
foodsafety@considerbardwellfarm.com 

We apologize for this inconvenience, but are happy to report that our farms are routinely conducting this sort of testing to ensure that the food they are distributing is safe. We look forward to having these products back at market following all of the necessary procedures.

We thank you for your continued support.

View the full Consider Bardwell Voluntary Product Recall details here.

St. George Greenmarket + Van Duzer Artisan Market

September 24, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

We are happy to announce our collaboration with Van Duzer Artisan Market X Made in NYC Week at GrowNYC's St. George Greenmarket, which will host a pop up market featuring a collective of curated makers. Come join us for a day of shopping local handcrafted products and fresh Greenmarket goodies! Be inspired by the creativity, collaboration and craftsmanship in the Staten Island community and stop by for hands-on workshops and to supporting local NYC artisan goods.

Van Duzer Artisan Market is a traveling marketplace, based in Staten Island selling locally handcrafted goods, gifts + vintage finds. 
Instagram: @vanduzerartisanmarket
Facebook: @vanduzerartisanmarket

SHARING THE BLISS
Holistic line of handcrafted healing teas and aromatherapy products
IG: @sharingthebliss
www.sharingthebliss.com

AUGUST MOON 
Unique handcrafted jewelry 
www.richmondhood.com/product-category/jewelry

ZULYME DESIGN STUDIO
Local Staten Island Artist 

FUNLAYO GRACE
Handcrafted decorative pillows 
www.funlayograce.com

GRACE STUDIOS
Collective of inspirational home decor and art

Van Duzer Artisan Market is a proud partner of Made in NYC Week 2019.

Who is Made in NYC?
Made in NYC supports thousands of New York City’s manufacturers by giving them the tools to grow their companies. We foster local entrepreneurial innovation because we see the value in high quality, locally made goods. We help local brands tell their stories and provide them with a sense of community — reminding our businesses that they are not alone.

Made in NYC is an initiative of the Pratt Center for Community Development, an organization working to build a more just, equitable and sustainable city for all New Yorkers. Made in NYC is generously funded by the New York City Council.
Instagram: @madeinnewyorkcity
Facebook: @madeinnewyorkcity
Twitter: @madeinnyc

Latinx Heritage and Northeastern Agriculture

September 10, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

By Gabriela Pereyra, GrowNYC's FARMroots Beginning Farmer Program Manager

National Latinx Heritage Month in the United States is the period from September 15 to October 15, when people recognize the contributions of Latinx and Hispanic Americans to the country's history, heritage, and culture. 

Our work is to identify, educate, and support aspiring farmers with agricultural experience to establish their own economically and environmentally sustainable farm businesses. Started in 2000, GrowNYC created the New Farmer Development Project as a partnership between Greenmarket and Cornell Cooperative Extension's NYC Program. The project was based in New York City and trained mostly Latinx farmers within the city to start their farm businesses in New York's Hudson Valley and Catskill Regions, New Jersey, and northeastern Pennsylvania.

Our work of training the next generation of regional farmers continues, through programs that give them access to zero interest loans, discounted market opportunities, paid mentorships, and three years of additional technical assistance. It is also complemented with projects like the Labor Ready Farmer. This project, a collaboration with the Cornell Small Farms Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension, focuses on the growth of New York State fruit & vegetable farms through improved Latinx workforce management and leadership skills. 

Currently, 80% of New York State’s agricultural work is done by Latinx people, yet they own less than 3% of the state’s farmland, and less than 4% are farm managers. GrowNYC's FARMroots training works to provide profitable, equitable agriculture opportunities for Latinx communities. Improving the managerial skills of Latinx farmers and supporting them to start their own farms helps to keep farmland in production and strengthens rural communities, farmers markets, and the region’s food system as a whole. Today, at our Greenmarkets, Latinx farmers are selling a range of unique products that speak to their culture. Thanks to them, all New Yorkers have access to high-quality and locally-grown papalo, huacatey, epazote, amaranth, ají dulce, tomatillo, chiles, flores de calabaza, maíz de tortillas, dahlias, and herbs.

The contributions of Latinx people, both in the fields and in our Greenmarkets, are countless. Thanks to their work and effort, our regional food system is better and stronger. 

GrowNYC Eco Hour: Back to the Farm 9/11

September 3, 2019

Join us for GrowNYC Eco Hour: Back to the Farm on Monday, September 11 at Project Farmhouse for drinks, local snacks, a live DJ and green conversation.⁠

We'll be digging into what's lighting a fire under a new generation of farmers. Featuring Yemi Amu of Oko Farms, Jacob Okam of The Campaign Against Hunger, Jason Slibeck of Sly Fox Farm, and GrowNYC's own Chris Wayne and John Johnson. Music will be courtesy of Caroline Shadood.⁠

Tickets available now at: https://ecohour_farm.eventbrite.com. Your first 2 drinks are included with admission. Bring friends, make friends, and join the conversation!

 

When: Monday, September 11 6pm-10pm

Where: Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10003

 

Use eWIC with Select Farmers at Greenmarket

July 30, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket | Tagged eWIC, WIC

New! How to use eWIC at Greenmarket

The WIC Vegetable and Fruit Check Program was created to improve the health of low-income women and children. The program provides pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding women, infants and children under the age of 5 enrolled in the WIC Program with nutrition benefits to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.

In spring 2019, the WIC program in New York State moved from issuing paper checks to providing benefits on a debit card. The WIC EBT card allows vendors to be reimbursed faster and families to roll over any unused benefits from a shopping trip toward future purchases during the same month. 

However, moving away from paper checks meant that many producers did not have the technology required to accept eWIC at farmers markets. As a result, a pilot program was launched in partnership with the NYS Department of Health, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Farmers Market Federation of NY, and Novo Dia Group to provide farmers with equipment, technology and support to accept eWIC cards. 

We are excited to share that Morgiewicz Farms and R&G Produce are participating in this pilot and are able to accept eWIC cards directly. To use your eWIC card please visit Morgewicz Farms or R&G produce at any of the following Greenmarket locations. Please note that Morgeiwicz and R&G are the only producers who can accept eWIC at this time.

Use your eWIC card with Morgiewicz Farms at these GrowNYC Greenmarkets: 

57th St Greenmarket
Tenth Ave & 57th St, Manhattan [map]
Saturdays | June 3 to November 18
Market Hours: 8:00am - 3:00pm

Bx Boro Hall Greenmarket
161st and Grand Concourse, Bronx [map]
Tuesdays | June 6 to November 21
Market Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Ft Washington Greenmarket
168th Street & Fort Washington Ave, Manhattan [map]
Tuesdays | June 6 to November 21
Market Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket Friday
On 149th St between Park and Morris Aves, Bronx [map]
Fridays | June 23 to November 17
Market Hours: 8:00am - 3:00pm

 

Use your eWIC card with R&G at these GrowNYC Greenmarkets: 

Elmhurst Hospital Greenmarket
41st Avenue btw 80th and 81st Streets, Queens [map]
Tuesdays | June 13 to November 21
Market Hours: 8:00am - 3:00pm
2023 schedule changes: 11/7/2023 will be closed for Election Day.

Jackson Heights Greenmarket
34th Ave between 79th & 80th Sts, Queens [map]
Sundays | Year Round
Winter Market Hours (Jan-May): 8:00am - 2:00pm
Summer Market Hours (June-Dec): 8:00am - 3:00pm

Poe Park
E 192nd Street btw Grand Concourse & Valentine, Bronx [map]
Tuesdays | June 27 to November 21
Market Hours: 8:00am - 3:00pm

Staten Island Mall
Staten Island Mall, Staten Island [map]
Marsh Avenue & Ring Road (Commuter Lot Behind Macy's)
Saturdays | June 10 - November 18
Market Hours: 8:00am - 2:00pm

**Please note that R&G produce is NOT currently able to accept eWIC at the following markets: Corona Greenmarket, Flushing Greenmarket, Forest Hills Greenmarket.

One thing that hasn’t changed: the $5 WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons continue to be issued as paper checks. All Greenmarket fruit and vegetable producers and all Farmstand locations accept WIC FMNP Checks.

Stop by the Market Information Tent at your neighborhood Greenmarket for more information.

3D Printing with GrowNYC & Cyant

July 22, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

This STEAM workshop for kids is hosted by GrowNYC and Cyant. During these events, we will start at GrowNYC's iconic Union Square Greenmarket to discuss plants and return to Project Farmhouse to connect the dots with 3D printing! Young cyantists will learn about the technology, sustainability aspects, and create a small 3D printed design for a "plant project" which they will be able to take home!

3D Printing Workshops for Kids with Cyant and GrowNYC
August 17th & September 14th 
10am-12pm 
Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th St (at 4th Ave)
Learn more about Cyant 

August 17 Tickets
September 14 Tickets 

Join GrowNYC at the Bronx Night Market 8/24

July 9, 2019
Posted in Greenmarket

Each Saturday, the Bronx Night Market brings a global food celebration to Fordham Plaza. Find the GrowNYC booth among the other 50+ food, drink, and artisan vendors on Saturday, August 24th.

No tickets or entry fee.

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