Welcome to Food Systems Network NYC

Food Systems Network NYC is a membership based organization designed to foster communication and cultivate community amongst various stake holders and professionals working across the food system. Members gather monthly for Open Networking meetings to encourage collaboration; share information; discuss public policy; and promote opportunities for individuals to partner on specific projects. Please enjoy looking through what our site has to offer, and if you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to get in touch!

Sept 21, 2014: Update - Peoples Climate March, Food + Ag Contingent & Satellite Events

September 21 will be a historic day in NYC - the PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH will be the kick-off to the movement for a sane climate future.  Organizers are projecting it will be the largest demonstration against climate change ever, with vibrant contingents of various sorts to call out concerns and solutions to the climate crisis at our collective door.


Why now? On September 22, the UN is holding its next big Climate Summit and the leaders representing the major stumbling block to the past climate summits will be there: including and especially the US.   Join the march to let the world know that you want to see a radical reduction in greenhouse gases, that we want to see a sane climate policy that will substitute renewables for fossil fuels, that will support local food systems and sustainable farming practices that conserve fossil fuels and sink carbon in the soil, and will create good jobs based on the needs of the people and the planet, not corporate profits.


Join the Food + Agriculture Contingent – The food justice movement is organizing a Food + Agriculture contingent for the march.  Farmers and farmworkers, school and community gardeners, restaurant staff and culinary students, food processing workers, food business owners, anti-hunger and pro-health advocates will all join together to raise the importance of food policy and practice in mitigating and adapting to climate change. The Food + Agriculture Contingent will meet September 21 at Columbus Circle (59th St. and Bway) in Manhattan! Specific time to meet and exact location TBD.


To join the NYC Food + Agriculture contingent, email ClimateChangeBFC@gmail.com.  Let the organizers know if you want to help with outreach, graphics, media, educational events and if your organization (of any kind) wants to get involved with the March.  Also let the organizers know if your group would like to host a pre-march forum or event to help educate local residents re the relationships between climate change, food and agriculture.


There are many, many events and organizing efforts leading up to the March. Here are a few additional ways you can connect:


Farm School NYC now accepting applications

The wait is over...
2014 Irrigation Course at Snug Harbor Heritage Farm in Staten Island
Farm School NYC is accepting applications 
for our 2015 Certificate in Urban Agriculture program now through September 15, 2014. 

Informational Events


Thursday, August 21, 6 - 8 pm

Farm School Meet + Greet
Learn more about Farm School NYC at this gathering of students, teachers, staff and supporters at Jimmy's No. 43 in the East Village.  Click here to RSVP and for more information.

Open Classes for Prospective Students

Curious about Farm School NYC's certificate in sustainable agriculture program? Come to one of our two upcoming Open Classes to observe a class in session, meet faculty and students, and learn more about the program from our staff.   Click here to RSVP and for more information.

Season Extension 
Wednesday, August 20
6pm - 8pm
Teachers: Marisa Dedominicis, Karen Washington 
Planning for Winter 
Saturday, September 13
11:30am - 1:30pm
Teachers: Ursula Chance, Sara Katz

"I was happiest when I was gardening, but I wondered how I could make that work in NYC as a day job," Aeli, graduate. Read more >
About Farm School NYC 

Farm School NYC's Certificate in Urban Agriculture is a two-year program that provides comprehensive, professional training to adults who want to build self-reliant communities and inspire positive local action around food access and social, economic, and racial justice issues.


The city -- and the urban farms that dot its streets and rooftops -- are our classrooms, and our courses are taught by experts on topics ranging from sustainable urban agriculture, to social justice, to grassroots community organizing. 



Learn more about our certificate program. >

Help us recruit passionate, qualified, diverse applicants
for Farm School
 NYC's 2015 class.  
and spread the word!



June 7th! FSNYC "meet-up" at Northwest Queens Food Day

Join FSNYC this Sat at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City!


There are lots of ways to participate in the day's activities!

The 2nd Annual Northwest Queens Food Day, will take place in conjunction with the Bike Parade at Socrates Sculpture Park on Saturday, June 7th, 2014 from 11 am - 3 pm. Event highlights include City Harvest + Vesta Vino cooking demonstrations, City Growers youth planting workshops, composting by Build It Green, Slow Food NYC honey tastings, community food justice organizing workshop, the first growNYC Greenmarket of the season, and much more from local organizations + businesses, working together to build community access to fresh + affordable food. All activities are free + open to the public.

Meet-up with FSNYC for a picnic at 12:30!

Bring a healthy snack, yourself, and, if you like, your business cards! We'll take a break from the day's activities to snack together and get to know each other. RSVP at info@foodsystemsnyc.org.


Help FSNYC table throughout the day! Also a great way to meet folks! Email info@foodsystemsnyc.org if interested.


The day, in partnership with Socrates' annual Bike Parade, is a program of the  Queens Action Council.

And, email queensactioncouncil@gmail.com if you're interested in...
Volunteering for the event with the Queens Action Council
Attending a Community Food Organizing Workshop to be held on-site

Job Opportunity: Part-time Temporary Operations & Communications Assistant, Food Systems Network NYC

Operations & Communications Assistant


Food Systems Network NYC (FSNYC) is a membership-based organization designed to foster communication and cultivate community amongst various stakeholders and professionals working across the food system. Members gather monthly for Open Networking meetings to share information; discuss public policy; and encourage collaboration.


We are seeking an energetic, reliable, independent individual who is enthusiastic about educating the public and building community around food systems issues to fill a part-time, temporary Operations & Communications Assistant position. FSNYC is currently going through a strategic planning process, which is expected to end in the early fall. The position will run through the completion of the strategic planning process and there may be a possibility to extend. Responsibilities include supporting FSNYC’s General Coordinator and:


Update: NYC Community Garden Coalition Day in Court on June 10th

On April 18, 2014, the New York City Community Garden Coalition (NYCCGC) and the People’s Coalition of Coney Island filed a lawsuit against the City of New York and iStar Financial, Inc. and its subsidiaries on behalf of the Boardwalk Community Garden, which was bulldozed in the middle of the night on December 28th 2013.


In the lawsuit, the NYCCGC cites issues with the City Environmental Quality Review (CEQR) process used to determine what effect the project would have on the surrounding environment. The lawsuit states that the initial Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), meant to disclose the social, economic, and environmental impacts of a project, was based on limited and inaccurate information. The City's plans have called for paving over the entire area of the Boardwalk Community with concrete in order to build an outdoor for-profit amphitheater, a “Seaside Park and Community Arts Center.”


FSNYC’s May Open Networking Meeting: Growing a Local Business: A Red Hook Meet-Up


May Open Networking Meeting:

Growing A Local Business - A Red Hook Meet-Up


Date/Time: Friday, May 16, 2014, 6:00-7:00 pm

Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn (meet-up details will be sent to you the day before the event when you RSVP)

RSVP: space is limited so RSVP soon!


Join Food Systems Network NYC for a tour of local distillery Van Brunt Stillhouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Then, make an evening out of it…stay in the neighborhood for dinner and drinks!


March Open Networking Meeting: Food Business - How To

March Open Networking Meeting:

"Food Business - How To"


CLICK HERE For Food Business - How To resources (see second page)

Date: Thurs, March 20, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Location: International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway, New York, NY 10013


About the program:

"Food Business How To" will be a discussion on strategies for starting and running your own food business. A panel of experts and advocates who have either done the same, or are actively involved in growing entrepreneurial food businesses will participate in this panel discussion. Attendess will learn best practices for getting organized and take away resources for and support available to start ups and established food businesses.



  • Kathrine Gregory, Founder and Director of Mi Kitchen Es Su Kitchen, a professional kitchen incubator for start-up food businesses in Long Island City
  • Robinson Hernandez, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Business Acceleration, a city agency dedicated to streamlining the process for food and beverage establishments to get ready to open
  • Susan Povich, Owner of Red Hook Lobster Pound, whose locations and food trucks have become instant classics since opening in 2009
  • Wilson Tang, Owner of a number restaurants including the classic Nom Wah Tea Parlor, pop-up host Bowery Station and newcomer Fung Tu on the Lower East Side; Wilson is also a member of Manhattan Community Board 3
  • Kate Galassi, founder of Quinciple.com, a weekly subscription service that brings local farm products to consumers in New York City.  Prior to founding Quinciple, Kate held the title of "forager," sourcing products for the Spotted Pig and the Breslin.


  • Deborah Bander, a small business lawyer at Bander Law Firm, PLLC, a recent International Culinary Center graduate, and a FSNYC Program & Events Committee member


This event is free for FSNYC members and ICC students. Suggestion donation of $10 for all other attendees.

Food Almanac 2014: An evening of food policy prognostications


As our city launches on a new era of government, with the first new mayoral transition in 12 years, many food advocates and organizations have been wondering, with some degree of hope and optimism, what the change in administration means for New York City, including which, if any, food policy priorities and initiatives Mayor de Blasio’s administration will continue from the Bloomberg era and what new priorities he will champion. With this backdrop of anticipation, last month’s Food Almanac 2014, the annual food policy prognostication event hosted by Food Systems Network NYC was unlike any of the previous three Almanacs. Over 100 food-loving advocates gathered at the at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) to enjoy local food, wine and beer, and hear a panel of six food policy experts share their hopes and predictions for the future of New York City’s food system under Mayor de Blasio.


Spotlight on Centre for Social Innovation, Food Almanac 2014 host!

Food Systems Network thanks the Centre for Social Innovation for hosting this year's Food Almanac 2014! Thank you for providing such a welcoming, beautiful, and collaborative space to host this event.
The Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is home for a diverse community of people and organizations that are creating a better world. CSI provides its members with the spaces, relationships and knowledge they need to translate ideas to impact. CSI is part coworking space, part community center and part incubator for people and organizations that are changing the world. New York City's social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, creatives and innovators are invited to help build CSI Starrett-Lehigh into a nexus of innovation and transformation.
Image Credit: Megan Swann


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