FRESH Alternatives For Healthy Eating Thanks to New NYC Program

By Loren Talbot with Lynn Fredericks

A unified city and state response to the city’s food deserts has emerged with the introduction of the state run Healthy Food/Healthy Communities Initiative and FRESH (Food Retail Expansion to Support Health), a new citywide program.  On May 16th Governor Paterson, Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn announced both funding and legislation to help the establishment of supermarkets in underserved neighborhoods within the five boroughs.  The legislation coincided with the release of recommendations by The Food Trust and The New York Supermarket Commission, a coalition convened by The Food Trust, the Food Policy Coordinator for the City of New York, the Food Bank for New York City, the Food Industry Alliance of New York State, and the United Way of New York City with representatives from labor groups, public health advocates, supermarkets and financial institutions as well as city and state agencies. 

June Film Feature: FamilyCook’s Teen Iron Chefs & Youthmarket Collaboration

June Open Networking Meeting

At La Plaza Cultural Community Garden Field Visit and Preview of FSNYC’s Strategic Plan

Gather with us at our host, La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, with friends from Greenthumb and the Lower East Side Ecology Center for a total change of FSNYC format!

Arrive at 12pm for brown bag lunch and a tour of the garden. We will open the program at 12:30 by learning about the lifecycle of food waste in NYC and the pioneering work of the LESEC. Guest host Mary Cleaver, FSNYC Governing Board member and president of The Cleaver Company, will lead the questioning from the perspective of one of NYC's most prominent green caterers.  

Then gear up to learn about the initiatives developed by the FSNYC Strategic Planning Taskforce. You will have an opportunity to learn about the major highlights, ask questions, and learn how to get involved in future programming. Come  join us!

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The Last of NYC’s Animal Feed Stores

Posted by Mark Foggin

A few weeks ago, on a bike tour of community gardens that are also raising chickens,  the tour guide was asked where the gardeners managed to get chicken feed for their fowl, and riders heard this tantalizing scrap: that many of them get it from New York City’s only animal feed store—in the Bronx.

The Bronx? Surely he was joking.

Nope. Owen Taylor, coordinator of Just Food’s City Chicken project, was referring to Bronx Animal Feeds on Park Avenue and East 162nd Street in the Melrose neighborhood. And, yes, it appears to be one of only two bulk feed stores in New York City (CG Country Seed in Staten Island is the other). Of late, Bronx Animal Feeds has become much more of a place for pet owners to provision dogs and cats than for coop owners (nota bene, all you city-slickers, that’s coop owners and not co-op owners) to buy cracked corn for their Rhode Island Reds.

Business is just fine, says owner Jack Horowitz. His grandfather started the shop about 75 years ago to supply live poultry markets in a time before refrigeration and pre-butchered meats. But in the post-war era, live poultry markets became the exception instead of the rule in New York City.  And those that remained, Horowitz said, got their feed from the farms that supplied their livestock.

“We kept carrying chicken feed because it was in our blood, but we were down to very little. A couple of poultry markets would come by just to fill in.”

But recently, Horowitz says, he’s seen a significant change. “Three years ago, we did about a thousand pounds a month,” he told me one recent Saturday afternoon while walking among shelves piled with 50-pound bags of feed. “Now we’re up to two or three tons a month.” What accounts for the change? City chickens, he says. “It’s all from the laying hen movement.”


Posted by Ed Yowell, Slow Food NYC
private eyeEvery year, with fellow Slow Food members of the East End (LI) Slow Food chapter, Grace and I hold a potluck dinner known as the Duck-off, the last one in February being the fifth annual. The objective is that everybody has to bring a new, original dish made with a real Long Island duck (the kind that look like Donald, not Daffy) and seasonal and local ingredients. We drink Long Island wine and locally made get the idea. (NB, In this, our fifth year, the competition was fierce: some eaters started rehearsing duck dishes months in advance and one experimented with duck confit-stuffed ravioli made with flour he ground from wild Long Island wheat.)

Anyway, for Duck-off 2009, I decided to make Duck Samp,  Samp being a corn-based dish I sampled first at a Shinnecockthe big duck Nation festival held at their Cultural Center in Southampton.  I asked a

Slow Food friend who has a Shinnecock friend to get me a Samp recipe. No dice. Apparently, Shinnecock grandmothers, like all others, don't part easily with treasured family recipes.  

So I Googled Samp.  Much to my surprise, Samp is a traditional Native American (Algonquin) and South African (Xhosa) culinary stand-by.

Samp, made primarily from hominy, is the English word derived from the Narragansett, Native American, word, Nasasump, a stew made from dried corn. (The Narragansett and Shinnecock are both Algonquin.)

NYC Alliance for CNR Statement of Priorities

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City Chicken Tour: A photo Essay

Thank you to Helen Ho, Greenthumb, for sharing her photo out takes from Just Food's City Chicken Tour! To learn more about the City Chicken Project, visit

Stringer Unveils Latest Strategy To Promote Healthy Food

May Open Networking Meeting

The Future of Food Policy in NYC

Join us for a full panel discussion of food policy initiatives being advanced in partnership with the Brooklyn and Manhattan Borough Presidents' Offices. Policy makers and citizens' groups with professionals are joining together to create lasting change. This session is dedicated to providing the opportunity for you to learn more about becoming involved in changing the nyc food policy landscape, and posing your questions about the directions and strategies of the borough based initaitves. Discussion and Q&A will be moderated by Nevin Cohen, The New School.

Special guests:
Honorable Rosemonde Pierre-Louis, Manhattan Deputy Borough President
Jenifer Clapp, Policy Analyst, Manhattan Borough President’s Office  
Italia Guerrero, Policy Analyst, Brooklyn Borough President's Office
Lorrie Clevenger, Brooklyn Healthy Food Campaign and Brooklyn’s Bounty

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
12:30-2pm (brown bag lunch at noon)

Citizens Committee for NYC
305 Seventh Ave, 15th floor
between 28th and 29th streets

Brooklyn Healthy Food Campaign(BHFC)

The BHFC is a partnership of City and State governments, citywide service providers, grassroots organizations, and concerned citizens committed to improving community health and food security in the Borough of Brooklyn. This summer, these groups are joining forces to apply technical expertise, agency resources, and grassroots community organizing to make strides towards this vision.

May Film Feature: How to Start Plants from Seed

While you can sow many seeds directly now that May has come, it's not too late to nourish some starts. Watch this informative video from Kerry Trueman, and  Retrovore is a new website dedicated to promoting the joys of farmers markets, homegrown food, and kitchen gardening. It features The Union Square Market Report, a weekly podcast of interviews with farmers from the Greenmarket, as well as resources/tips on growing your own food! Check it out!


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