Spring Events for the Food Policy Enthusiast

by Deirdre Appel

The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center is excited to share 10 upcoming food policy events in NYC this spring. We hope you enjoy them!

Local Root’s 8th Birthday Party
Who: Local Roots
Where: Crystal Lake Brooklyn; 647 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
When: April 27th, 7:00-10:00 PM
How Much: $5-$20
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: To celebrate the 8th birthday of Local Roots, an organization that is focused on making local food more convenient and more accessible through an alternative community supported agriculture model. This is a great event for those who want to network or meet new like-minded food enthusiasts in a casual setting. There will be produce-tasing, cooking demos by The Feed Feed, and even a veggie shaped handmade pinata.

Envisioning the 21st Century Agricultural Revolution
Who: The Assemblage
Where: The Assemblage John St.; 17 John St, New York, NY 10038
When: April 24th, 7:30-9:00 PM
How Much: $30 or free for members
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: To dive deep into the future of agriculture and explore innovation and advancements that are reimagining the way we produce our food. As part of the Futurist’s Forum, this event brings together speakers  on various topics ranging from urban and modern farming to lab-grown meats, regenerative practices, soil restoration, ecological data tracking, and much more.

NYC Vegan Pop Up
Who: Grand Bazaar NYC and The Seed
Where: Grand Bazaar NYC; 100 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024
When: Sunday, April 29th, 10 AM-5:30 PM
How Much: Free, but donations are encouraged
Registration: Here
Why Attend: To embrace your current love for vegan food or explore the plant-based lifestyle. One hundred percent of Grand Bazaar NYC’s profits are donated to four local public schools, benefiting more than 4,000 children.

Essentials of School Gardening for Beginners
Who: Edible Schoolyard NYC
Where: P.S. 7 Samuel Stern; 160 East 120th Street, New York, NY 10035
When: Wednesday, May 1st, 4:30-6:00 PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: For those who are interested in starting a school garden and  want to learn more about what plants need in order to grow and how to set up an educational garden or growing space at your school.

Good Food Spotlight
Who: Slow Money NYC
Where: Bronx Cookspace; 50 E 168th Street, Bronx, NY 10452
When: May 13th, 6:30-9:00 PM
How Much: $20
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: To listen to food entrepreneurs share their business challenges and gain feedback from a panel of food business investors and experts. Audience members get to weigh in as well. Mingle and network with others who care about good food business success.

Square Roots Farm Tour
Who: Square Roots
Where: 630 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206·
When: Tuesday, May 14th, 5:30-7:00 PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: 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 and learn more about Square Roots’ training program, and sample some home-grown herbs.

Wasted! Screening & Director Q&A
Who: Foundation for New York’s Strongest
Where: Kickstarter HQ; 58 Kent Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
When: Thursday, May 16th, 6:30-9:00 PM
How Much: $10
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: Watch a documentary film that aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle and eat food. Take advantage of the opportunity to pose your questions to the directors after the screening and see what motivated them to take on food waste.

Introduction to Green Roofs
Who: Brooklyn Grange
Where: Brooklyn Grange Farm; 63 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
When: Tuesday, May 21st, 6:30-8:30 PM
How Much: $45
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: Learn more about the green roofs that are popping up all around the city. This event will discuss maintenance, measurable benefits, sustainability, and costs. It will also touch on Brooklyn Grange’s own experience green-roofing the city. The event begins with a walk around the farm and then continue in their indoor loft space.

NYC Food Waste Fair
Who: Foundation for New York’s Strongest
Where: Brooklyn Navy Yard, 141 Flushing Ave Unit 801, Brooklyn, NY 11205
When: Thursday, May 23rd, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
How Much: $20-$50
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: To have an interactive experience that equips you with the resources and knowledge to achieve zero food waste. The Fair will consist of hands-on workshops, skills training and 80+ food- waste-solution exhibitors and experts. Whether you want to save money and be more sustainable in your business or your personal life, there will be a lot for you to learn here.

March for Healthy School Food
Who: NYC Healthy School Food Alliance
Where: Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
When: Sunday, June 9th at 11:00 AM-2:30 PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: To join fellow food-policy enthusiasts who double as parents, children, doctors, nutritionists nonprofit leaders, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in a march for healthy school food. The march starts at the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall and makes its  way over the Brooklyn Bridge to the steps of City Hall.

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