Fall Events for the Food Policy Enthusiast

by Deirdre Appel
Fall Events

In celebration of the first day of Fall, the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center has compiled a list of 14 upcoming food policy events (including three hosted by the Center) that will be taking place over the upcoming season. 

NYC AgTech Week
Who: NYC Ag Collective
Where: Multiple locations; see here for a detailed agenda
When: Sat, September 21, 5:00 PM – Thu, Sep 26, 2019, 9:00 PM
How Much: Varies depending on ticket selection
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: The NYC Ag Collective – a consortium of 15+ commercial urban farms, tech companies, and non-profits – will be holding the 4th annual NYC AgTech Week, which is the only AgTech conference on the East Coast. The six-day conference features exclusive farm tours, panels, workshops, and networking events focused on the fast-growing and innovative AgTech sector, and promises unprecedented access to industry founders, investors, startups, and thought leaders. 

Healthy Lifestyles: Food and Fitness
Who: United Way of New York City
Where: United Way of New York City, 205 East 42nd Street, 13th fl, New York, NY 10017
When: Wed, September 25, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: This workshop is intended only for staff and volunteers at emergency food programs funded by United Way of New York City, Food Bank for NYC, HRA-EFAP, City Harvest and the NYS Department of Health. Attendees will learn about nutrition bsics, physical activity and tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Designing Farms of the Future!
Who: Brooklyn Permaculture
Where: 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11217
When: Friday, September 27, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
How Much: $5 suggested donation
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: Join Brooklyn Permaculture for a meet-up and discuss permaculture projects, or projects focusing on designing and implementing systems for accessing natural resources in ways that benefit both humanity and the environment, in and around Brooklyn. The Meetup will be lead by Andrew Faust, director at the Center for Bioregional Living, which, since 200,7 has been training permaculture designers in New York City. 

Stop Food Waste Day
Who: Stop Food Waste NYC
Where: Javits Center, 429 11th Avenue, Event Space 1D, New York, NY 10001
When: Fri, September 27, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: Stop Food Waste DAY is an interactive teaching market featuring vendors, speakers and partners who focus on teaching guests what they can do to reduce food waste.

Harlem Harvest Festival
Who: Harlem Park to Park
Where: St. Nicholas Avenue between 117th Street and 118th Street, New York, NY 10026
When: Sat, October 5, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: Sponsored by Whole Foods Market, NYC Small Business Services, the Harlem Community Development Corporation, the West Harlem Development Corporation, BOS Development and Con Edison, the Harlem Harvest Festival is an event that celebrates the fall season and the Harlem neighborhood. Attendees will experience locally made products, children’s activities, a farmer’s market, the Harvest Bake-Off, and live performances all day long. There will also be a special nutrition workshop. 

NY Times Food Festival
Who: New York Times
Where: Bryant Park and The Times Center
When: October 5th 12:00PM – October 6th 6:00PM
How Much: Prices vary based on type of ticket purchased
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: Join The New York Times for a weekend festival in celebration of what it means to eat, drink and cook in the heart of New York City. The Festival features two distinct activities:
The Talks, a series of live panel discussions at The Times Center featuring cooking experts and Times journalists discussing restaurants, recipes and the biggest food issues of today. The Park, an outdoor gathering featuring culinary creations and cooking demos by more than 20 exceptional chefs as well as a marketplace where guests can shop for curated ingredients. 

Big Apple Crunch
Who: Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center and Harlem Grown
Where: 2180 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035
When: Wednesday, October 16th, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Link coming soon or email info@nycfoodpolicy.org for more info
Why Attend: The Big Apple Crunch brings together hundreds of East Harlem elementary school children for a morning of fun and educational activities. In the past, the event featured activity centers with apple art, games, tastings and nutrition education led by organizations and businesses, including the Hunter College New York City Food Policy Center, Uptown Grand Central, the Hunter College Nutrition Club, Wellness in the Schools, Harlem Children’s Zone, Edible Schoolyard NYC, Harvest Home and more.

Square Roots Farm Tours
Who: Square Roots
Where: 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206
When: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 11:00 AM – 6:15 PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Here (Registration for the tours will open in early October through Open House New York’s website)
Why Attend: Square Roots is teaming up with Open House New York to to offer four tours of their Brooklyn farm, which will take place at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm. The tours offer an opportunity to explore a new type of urban agriculture and see how refurbished shipping containers have been transformed into cloud-connected, modular farms that utilize a water-efficient hydroponic growing system. Meet next-gen farmers, learn more about Square Roots’s training program,and sample some home-grown herbs.

Food Tank Summit and Gala
Who: Food Tank, Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, New York University
Where: NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY
When: Friday, November 1st – Saturday, November 2nd
How Much: Prices vary based on type of ticket purchased
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: This Food Tank Summit and Gala brings together 80 speakers and performers, including major CEOs, disruptors, changemakers, activists, policymakers, and leaders from startups, media organizations, large companies, and nonprofits, who are leading the shift in how food businesses think about sustainability. Held in collaboration with New York University-Steinhardt and the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, the summit also includes a five-course dinner provided in partnership with Great Performances Catering. Each course will be prepared by a rising-star chef from one of New York City’s five boroughs. Appetizers feature ingredients grown by elementary school garden projects. 

Designing Green Roofs for Urban Ecosystems 
Who: Brooklyn Grange
Where: Flushing Avenue & Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
When: Sunday, November 3, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
How Much: $120
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: This day-long intensive course, led by Cecilia de Corral, Director of Design/Build, at Brooklyn Grange, will walk participants through the ins and outs of green roofing, particularly in New York City, and present a framework for thinking creatively about the opportunities of greening our cities. Cecilia will cover the benefits, challenges, and options available for those rooftop oases and share Brooklyn Grange’s experience of designing, installing and maintaining green spaces across the city.

Food Loves Tech
Who: Edible Manhattan and Edible Brooklyn
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, NYC
When: Saturday November 2nd – Sunday November 3rd
How Much: Prices vary based on type of ticket purchased
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: Founded in 2016, Food Loves Tech is a first-of-its-kind education-by-entertainment expo focusing on how technology shapes and changes the way we cultivate and consume food. Now in its fourth year, Food Loves Tech uses immersive installations, tastings, and experiences as ways to explore and celebrate the future of food.

Food Policy Braintrust: If You Could Create One Food Policy or Food Initiative That Would Change/Fix The Food System In New York City, What Would It Be?
Who: Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center
Where: 2180 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035
When: Tuesday, November 12th, 8:45 – 10:30 AM
How Much: Free
Registration: Link coming soon or email info@nycfoodpolicy.org for more info
Why Attend: Hear 5-minute pitches highlighting innovative ideas that just might solve hunger, improve local economies and feed all New Yorkers healthy, nutritious food. Presentations will be judged in a Shark Tank style and will include judges such as Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Stephen Ritz, Founder of Green Bronx Machine, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and City Council Member Rafael Espinal.

Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World
Who: Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center
Where: 2180 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035
When: Thursday, November 14th, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: Join Bettina Elias Siegel, nationally recognized writer and commentator on children and food, for a discussion of her new book, Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed WorldIn conversation with Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Emerita, New York University, and Pam Koch, Executive Director of the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy, Program in Nutrition, Teachers College, Columbia University, Siegel will explore the many forces that make it so difficult to raise healthy eaters in today’s society—and how we all might do a better job of feeding our future.

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