Summer Events for the Food Policy Enthusiast

by Deirdre Appel
Summer Events

In celebration of the first day of summer on Friday, June 21st, the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center is excited to share 14 upcoming food policy events happening around NYC over the next few months. We hope you enjoy them!

Increase Food Access at a Farmers Market
Who: Repair the World NYC, Hunger Free America, Grow NYC
Where: Borough Hall Farmers Market, Court St and Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
When: Thursday, June 20 9:00AM-12:00PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: Are you interested in helping people find a dignified way to feed themselves and their loved ones? Join Repair the World and Hunger Free America at the Grow NYC Borough Hall Farmers Market to increase awareness about the Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP), formerly called Food Stamps. Event organizers and those attending will be passing out information about eligibility requirements and pre-screening clients to determine their eligibility. Event organizers will lead discussions on hunger and hunger prevention in New York City. Upon registration, you will be contacted by an organizer who will share more information about the event.

NYCxReuse Conference
Who: donateNYC
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
When: Friday, June 21 9:00AM – Sat, Jun 22 5:00PM
How Much: $15-$50
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: NYCxReuse is organized by the NYC Department of Sanitation’s donateNYC program. Over the course of two days, New York City’s first all-reuse event will highlight the many ways in which the City is shaped by materials reused through a series of panels, an innovative reuse expo, a networking event, and a reuse community fest. Join them to explore the many ways to reuse for businesses, nonprofits, and residents, and to investigate the most pressing issues driving materials reuse today. This year’s programs focus on: Food rescue and donation; Reuse in textiles and fashion; Donation-based partnerships; and Reuse and the future.

Good Food Mercantile NYC & Merchants Summit
Who: Good Food Foundation
Where: Brooklyn EXPO Center, 72 Noble Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
When: Tuesday, June 25 8:30AM-5:00PM
How Much: $25-$95
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: This event starts off with a morning of skill building course and a taste workshop with Brooklyn’s own affineurs, Crown Finish Caves. From there, you’ll be ready to learn from the best in the business, with sessions designed for both new and seasoned independent retailers on topics spanning from how to use (and unusual places to find) data to a primer on open book finance (and how its principles can help you even if you’re not ready to take the leap and start your own business). Tickets include a mercantile pass ($35 value) and an expo of good food merchants shaking up the food system.

Intro to Urban Agriculture Models
Who: AgTech X
Where:  AgTech X Co-Lab @ Agritecture, 40 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
When: Tuesday, June 27 6:30PM-8:30PM
How Much: $39
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: This is one of AgTech X’s staple introductory courses that has been taught more than 40 times. During the class you will investigate evidence-based factors that are affecting the rise in popularity of Urban Agriculture and explore the range of existing urban ag approaches with a focus on NYC, discuss the benefits and drawbacks to each one, and learn about opportunities to engage further in this emerging field. Examples will focus on soilless farming practices, including hydroponics and aquaponics, two of the more popular methods of growing food in confined urban environments.

Dinner and Dialogue: Urban Food Systems
Who: Guayakí Yerba Mate and North Brooklyn Farms
Where: 320 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
When: Sunday, July 7 6:00PM
How Much: $75
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: Guayakí Yerba Mate and North Brooklyn Farms will host a dinner under the lights of the city and the Williamsburg Bridge, adjacent to the waterfront in the heart of Brooklyn. Join them for an intimate tour of the 7-year-old North Brooklyn Farm and a dinner to discuss new urban food systems, regenerative agriculture and business, and how communities can work together to build their own food resiliency. Live music, facilitated discussions, a farm-to-table dinner, and lots of yerba mate will be followed by campfire stories to end a perfect evening on this one-of-a-kind urban farm.

Field Trip: Foodway at Concrete Plant Park
Who: Bronx River Alliance and GreenThumb
Where: Concrete Plant Park, 1357 Westchester Ave., Bronx, NY
When: Tuesday July 9 6:00PM-7:30PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: The Bronx River Foodway is a pilot project developed to examine how a sustainable food landscape can be integrated into a public park. Join the  Bronx River Alliance and Green Thumb for a tour of only Foodway in a New York City park, a series of public gardens at Concrete Plant Park with a variety of edible plants, including a nut grove, a berry walk, medicinal plants and vegetables.

2019 Food Safety Training w/ NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets
Who: NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets
Where: Shirley Chisholm Building, 55 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
When: Tuesday, July 9 1:00PM–2:30PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: The U.S. Center for Disease Control estimates that every year 48 million people get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die from a food-borne illness. Much of this risk can be greatly reduced through adequate food safety training and education. Join the Food Safety and Inspections team at the NYS Dept. of Agriculture & Markets for an in-depth look at how food producers can minimize risk and protect consumers by producing safe (and delicious) food! In each session, they will discuss NYS food processing license requirements; basic good manufacturing practices; food labelling requirements; and employee training

Good Food Spotlight July 2019
Who: Slow Money
Where: Fulton Stall Market, 91 South St, New York, NY 10038
When: Monday, July 15 6:30PM–9:00PM
How Much: $20.00
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: Join Slow Money NYC  for the July 2019 Good Food Spotlight, At this interactive food business event entrepreneurs share business challenges and gain feedback from a panel of food business investors and experts. Audience members get to weigh in as well. Slow Money NYC is committed to ensuring that people of all backgrounds and from all communities are able to attend this event. Therefore they ask that anyone for whom the ticket price proves a barrier to participation to email them at and find out how to receive scholarship funds.

Eating for a Healthier and Sustainable Planet: Part of the Conversations About Food: Food Tank Live in NYC Speakers Series
Who: Food Tank, NYU Steinhardt, the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter, and
Where: New York University Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East, New York, NY 10003
When: Tuesday, July 16 7:00PM-9:30PM
How Much: Free
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: This event is part of a year-long series of panels created by Food Tank and their partners. Speakers at this event include Chris McGrath, Chief Sustainability and Well-Being Officer, Mondelez; Walter Willett, EAT Lancet primary author, Harvard University; Martin Lemos, Interim Executive Director, National Young Farmers Coalition; and Shino Tanikawa, Executive Director, NYC Soil & Water Conservation District. In partnership with Great Performances Catering, a leading caterer committed to balancing inequalities in our communities, the panel discussion will be followed by networking opportunities as well as some delicious food.

Natural Dyeing with Food Scraps
Who: LES Ecology Center
Where: Lower East Side Ecology Center, Grand Street, New York, NY 10002
When: Wednesday, July 17 6:00PM-8:00PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: Join the Lower East Side Ecology Center for a hands-on workshop and learn how your food scraps can be used to create color and dye fabric before they end up in a compost pile. Beyond the basics of dyeing, there will be discussions about food waste, waste reduction and how to compost in NYC. Participants will learn how to extract color from food waste and leave with their very own natural dyed handkerchief. This workshop is best suited for adults. FABSCRAP – an organization working to keep textile materials out of landfills and create opportunities for recycling and reuse – has donated the fabric for this workshop.

Bronx Food and Farm Walking Tours 2019: South Bronx Community Gardens Tour
Who: Hosted by Bronx Green-Up of The New York Botanical Garden; Tour given by Sheryll Durrant, Garden Manager for the Kelly Street Garden
Where: Cypress Avenue 6 Train Station, Bronx
When: Saturday, July 20 10:15AM-2:15PM
How Much: $20, (Children 2–12 years are $12)
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: Take a tour of the gardens and farms in the Bronx featuring the bounty of fresh, locally grown food that’s available at local farmers markets. You will stop at the South Bronx Farmers Market to shop on the way to your final stop, La Finca del Sur Urban Farm, whose crops contribute to the community market. All proceeds go to the participating community gardens and urban farms. Each tour includes a delicious, healthy lunch catered by Bronx-based B-Blossom.

Modeling an Urban Agriculture Business, Day-Long Intensive
Who: Brooklyn Grange
Where: Brooklyn Grange, Flushing Avenue  and Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn
When: Sunday, August 11 9:30AM-5:30PM
How Much: $125.00
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: Anastasia Cole Plakias, co-founder of Brooklyn Grange, will walk participants through the various contemporary models of urban agricultural businesses, with a focus on New York City, and present a framework for thinking creatively about opportunities to farm in cities. The day-long intensive course will take place at the Grange’s Brooklyn Navy Yard Farm and will include a farm-fresh lunch, lots of coffee, and a happy hour Q&A. This course is recommended for folks hoping to launch their own business or social enterprise in a big city, operators looking to diversify their organization, or anyone generally interested in urban ag.

Healthy Food at Every Age: Part of the Conversations About Food: Food Tank Live in NYC Speakers Series
Who: Food Tank, NYU Steinhardt, the NYC Food Policy Center at Hunter, and
Where: New York University Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East, Manhattan
When: Tuesday, August 13 7:00PM-9:30PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: This event is a part of a year-long series of panels created by Food Tank with their partners. Speakers for this panel include Meserete Davis, Culinary Education Training Developer, NYC DOE SchoolFoods; Dan Giusti, Founder, Brigaid; Manny Howard,; Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank; and more to be announced soon. The panel discussion will be followed by networking opportunities and some delicious food.

Pickle Class: Learn to Preserve Food to Empower a Local Food System
Who: Green Food Solutions
Where: The Denizen Kitchen, 54 Noll Street, Brooklyn
When: Tue, August 13 6:00PM–7:30PM
How Much: $29
Tickets: Here
Why Attend: Come explore one of the oldest and most healing forms of food preservation and shelf- life extension while empowering a new food system by making pickles for local Brooklyn residents. You will be led by rooftop farmers in pickling 101, discussing the need for a local food system in urban areas. Everyone will get to take home a minimum of two jars of pickled goods that they make themselves. All remaining jars will be labeled with the name of the person who made them and sold at the monthly Green Food Solutions local farmers stand at the Denizen. This class includes everything required to pickle including the veggies, mason jars, spices, vinegar and water.

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