2020 Winter Events for the Food Policy Enthusiast

by Deirdre Appel

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

Compost Trivia

Who: Big Reuse and NYC Sanitation
Where: The Footlight Bar, 465 Seneca Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385
When: Mon, January 13, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: Join Big Reuse and NYC Sanitation for a trivia night to learn about NYC’s Curbside Composting program, and how you can start composting your food scraps and be  part of a more sustainable food system in New York City. 

Helping Hands Soup Kitchen Volunteer Event

Who: Big Reuse in Partnership with Department of Sanitation New York
Where: Fordham Manor Church, 2705 Reservoir Avenue, Bronx, NY 10468
When: Wed, January 15, 2020, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: 195,000 working New Yorkers rely on food pantries and soup kitchens – many of which are under resourced. At the same time over 1 million tons of food are thrown out by NYC businesses and residents each year. Attendees will give volunteer in the soup kitchen while learning more about composting and donating food in NYC.

The Poison Squad Film Screening

Who: American Express Films and PBS
Where: Crosby Street Hotel, 79 Crosby St, New York City, NY 10012
When: Wed, January 15, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EST
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: American Experience Films and PBS offer an exclusive preview of The Poison Squad, a film based on the book of the same name by Deborah Blum that explores the safety of America’s food supply from the Industrial Revolution to the ultimate creation of the Food and Drug Adminstration.  It tells the story of government chemist Dr. Harvey Wiley, who performed a series of bold and controversial trials involving twelve human subjects who would become known as the “Poison Squad” in order to combat powerful food manufactures and banish dangerous substances from the foods they were selling. 

Meet Your Compost Microbes

Who: NYC Compost Project
Where: Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355
When: Sat, January 18, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM EST
How Much: $6
Registration: Here
Why Attend: Work with the NYC Compost Project to learn how to create samples and identify active biology living in your compost or soil by using morphology as a guide. NYC Compost Project will be using a compound trinocular microscope using three levels of magnifications.

Food Justice Roundtable

Who: Divine Appetites
Where: Toast, 1130 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11225
When: Sat, January 18, 2020, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: Divine Appetites, a nonprofit working towards a more just food system, invites attendees to eat and converse about access to fresh, healthy foods in schools and neighborhoods throughout NYC. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish or drink and share in the discussions. 

Soil Series at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Who: 1 Hotels
Where: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, 60 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
When: Thu, January 23, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: 1 Hotels has partnered with Role Models x Into x Better World to create an event series educating people on the simple actions they can take to make impactful change. Their first event focuses on soil, including regenerative farming, soil health and education, and microbiomes. Attendees will learn about the critical role soil plays in protecting the environment and why improving its health is critical for a sustainable future.

Introduction to Permaculture

Who: Earth Arts Initiative
Where: Earth Arts Nature School, 936 Madison Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221
When: Sat, January 25, 2020, 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST
How Much: $100
Registration: Here
Why Attend: Permaculture is a nature inspired gardening method which can be used to heal people and the planet. This introductory class will cover the history, people, and “The Twelve Principles” that define permaculture. Earth Arts educator Oliver Bolotin will share several presentations and true stories from more than a decade of living at the complex intersections of ecology and agriculture.

Compost 101 Workshop

Who: LES Ecology Center
Where: East River Park Fire Boat House, East River Promenade, New York, NY 10002
When: Wed, January 29, 2020, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: Attendees will learn about making compost to enrich the soil and promote a healthy ecosystem for growing food.  Techniques for monitoring a compost pile, testing it for readiness, and sifting finished compost will also be discussed. 

Private Tour & Tasting @ Farm.One, Manhattan’s Only Indoor Hydroponic Farm

Who: New York Adventure Club
Where: Farm.One (Floor 1), 77 Worth St, New York, NY 10013
When: Fri, January 31, 2020, 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM EST
How Much: $49
Registration: Here
Why Attend: Join the New York Adventure Club for a look inside Manhattan’s only indoor hydroponic farm, Farm One, which grows hundreds of different specialty crops in vertically stacked containers with the help of  LED lights and year-round climate control technology. The tour includes an overview of hydroponics, a private walkthrough of the facility with tastings of herbs, mirogreeens, and edible flowers along the way followed by a glass of prosecco. 

Planning an Urban Vegetable Garden

Who: Brooklyn Grange
Where: Brooklyn Grange, Clinton Avenue & Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11205When: Thursday, March 5, 2020, 6:30-8:30 PM
How Much: $35
Registration: Here
Why Attend:  Ben Flanner, CEO and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange will teach attendees how to grow the most veggies in  a small city plot. The class will start with a discussion of different types of planting boxes and ways to work around various opportunities, sun exposures, etc. The class will also discuss soil, potting mix, and fertility, which seeds to start with, and the best places to purchase what you need.

A Morning of Giving Back

Who: God’s Love We Deliver
Where: God’s Love We Deliver, 166 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10013
When: Sunday, March 15, 2020, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
How Much: Free
Registration: Here
Why Attend: Join God’s Love We Deliver for a morning of volunteering.  Work in the kitchen preparing meals for delivery with the guidance of an on-staff chef. Tasks will include packaging meals, chopping vegetables, ladling soup, peeling potatoes, etc. No cooking experience necessary. This is an adults-only event as no kids are allowed in the kitchen.

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