Monday, January 29, 2018 - The Food Almanac 2018: Food Activism in an Altered Landscape

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Since 1818, the “Farmers' Almanac” has provided uncannily accurate weather predictions that inform farmers’ planting, harvesting, and day-to-day living. In 2018, Slow Food New York City - inspired by the “Farmers’ Almanac” - is sponsoring the 8th Annual Food Almanac, a singular opportunity for food-active individuals to be informed and to consider food and farming policy challenges, opportunities, and action in the New Year.

With challenges of establishing the next generation of farmers, growing urban agriculture, conservation, climate change, and food chain fairness and equity exacerbated by an administration and Congressional majorities hell-bent on undoing food and farming progress, the Slow Food principles of Good, Clean, and Fair Food for All are at serious risk.

With 2018 being the year of a new federal Farm Bill and a new agriculture budget, the time is right for us to know and engage. Our Almanac Panel will help us get there; standing and acting for the food chain in which we believe and for which we have fought.

During the event you'll hear from our expert panelists, while enjoying local beer, wine, and tasty seasonal snacks!

Panel includes: Barry Benepe, Michelle Hughes, Reana Kovalcik, Samantha Levy, Anastasia Cole Plakias & Karen Washington. Moderated by Peter Hoffman.

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Tuesday, February 6th - Pace/NRDC Food Law Initiative Annual Event - The Right to Food in the US: A Conversation with Smita Narula

Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Cost: $10 (free for students)

RSVP/tickets here.

The Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative (FLI) is a collaboration between the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University and the Natural Resources Defense Council. FLI is dedicated to increasing access to legal services for farmers and food entrepreneurs seeking to create a more just and sustainable food system. GrowNYC is a sustainability resource for New Yorkers, providing free tools and resources anyone can use to improve our city and environment.

At this event, NRDC attorney and farmer Jennifer Grossman will interview human rights expert and advocate Smita Narula about the right to food in the United States. Topics discussed will include food sovereignty, barriers to implementing food rights, and advocacy strategies. Reception to follow.

Past Events

Nov 1 - GreenThumb Get Together - Gardening for Liberation: A Social Justice Roundtable Series - Part 1

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Join community garden leaders for a panel followed by small group discussions where community gardeners will share stories about how they're using their community gardens in various interconnected movements for liberation. 

Moderator: Karen Washington, Farmer at Rise & Root Farm, GreenThumb community gardener at Garden of Happiness


  • Heather Butts, JD, MPH, MA. GreenThumb community gardener at HEALTH for Youths, Skyline Playground   Community Garden
  • Peter Cramer, GreenThumb community gardener at Le Petit Versailles
  • Nando Rodriguez, Brotherhood Sister Sol, GreenThumb community gardener at Frank White Memorial Garden
  • Cindy Nibbelink Worley, GreenThumb community gardener at Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden
  • Haja Worley, GreenThumb community gardener at Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden

Location: GrowNYC's Project Farmhouse 76 East 13th Street, Manhattan
Cost: Free  
Contact Number: (212) 602-5300
Contact Email:
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Nov 2 - Greenmarket Seasonal Dinner Series - Harvest Dinner

On Thursday, November 2, join GrowNYC and Greenmarket for the next installment of our Greenmarket Seasonal Dinner Series. Grab your passport because the theme for this seated, four-course feast, prepared by a coterie of celebrated NYC chefs, is International Harvest. The menu will feature appetizers from Chef Ron Rosselli of Bowery Road, a Mexican dish created and prepared by Daniela Soto-Innes of Cosme, a Dominican course from Charles Rodriguez of PRINT., Icelandic fare from Michelin-starred Agern's head chef Gunnar Gislason, and a Serbian desert from Michelin-starred Gramercy Tavern's pasty chef, Miro Uskokovic.

WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 6pm-9pm
6pm-9pm: Harvest Dinner Fundraiser: International Cooking with Local Ingredients, $300 or Event Sponsor (includes 10 tickets), $5000
Or make a donation of any amount!

Individual Ticket: $300
Event Sponsor (includes 10 tickets and recognition at event/in electronic materials): $5000
*The non-deductible portion of each ticket is $150, as this reflects the fair market value of goods and services to be provided at the event.

This fundraiser is the second in the Greenmarket Seasonal Dinner Series at GrowNYC's Project Farmhouse and will allow GrowNYC to continue working with partner organizations to offer Project Farmhouse as an educational space used for panel discussions, film screenings, and networking events focused on a just and sustainable local food system. Can't make it but want to make a donation to GrowNYC? Thank you, please do that here.

Nov 7 - The Secret to Launching and Growing Successful Consumer & Retail Companies in Today's Marketplace: Capturing the Consumer's Preference for Sustainability and Sourcing Transparency

Today’s consumer is more focused than ever on how and where the goods they buy are made. Hear from five company founders who are succeeding in competitive industries. From food to beauty to personal care, fashion and accessories, these businesses are all meeting the demands of an increasingly informed and engaged consumer.

The panel below will share how they got their start and why they have been successful. They will also share emerging trends in the business and how to stay ahead of them. 

Join us at Project Farmhouse, a state-of-the-art, sustainable event space in Union Square where you will have the opportunity to network with these founders and other attendees at a reception with farm fresh hors doeurves and great wines. Join us for this lively, inaugural event of the new Consumer & Retail Committee of CBSACNY.

Date:  Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Time:  6:00-8:00 pm (discussion 6:30-7:30; networking opportunities before and after panel)
Location:  Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th Street, NY, NY
Tickets: CBSACNY members $30; Non-members $45; more at the door, space permitting!
Your tickets include:  Wines by The Calling and by Joseph Carr --  served thanks to the generous donation of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits; accompanied by farm fresh appetizers from a local caterer.

 Nov 13 - Slow Money, Grains FARMroots  

Join us for the November 2017 Good Food Spotlight, presented by Slow Money NYCProject Farmhouse and Grow NYC.

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. Mingle and network with others who care about good food business success.

Spotlight agenda:

6:30 p.m. Doors open, Networking
7:00 p.m. Community announcements + introductions
7:10 p.m. Presentations
8:15 p.m. Networking
9:00 p.m. Doors close

Directions: PROJECT FARMHOUSE is located on the ground floor of the Hyatt Union Square Hotel on East 13th Street between Broadway and 4th Avenue.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Just email

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Nov 27 - Film Screening “Wasted”

7pm – 9pm

GrowNYC and Project Farmhouse are happy to announce a screening of the documentary film, WASTED. After the screening, please join us for an open discussion on food waste in NYC. Popcorn will be served and light refreshments will be served.

The screening is open to the general public and a $10 donation is suggested at the door.

Film Information: 40% of the food in America is Wasted. A new documentary by Anthony Bourdain, WASTED: The Story of Food Waste aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chef-heroes like Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, WASTED! exposes the criminality of food waste and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to make the most of every kind of food. Learn more at

Fresh Food Box Open House

Sunday, October 22nd from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fresh Food Box will be having its 1st Annual Harvest Festival!

  • Bring a home-made apple pie and compete in our Apple Pie Contest for wonderful prizes!
  • Meet the coordinators for all our Fresh Food Box Sites
  • Socialize with Fresh Food Box customers from all over New York City
  • Learn to make homemade play dough
  • Decorate pumpkins
  • Face painting, and more

Bring your friends and family members. Door prizes to be given on a first come first served basis.

Saving Jamaica Bay - Documentary Film Screening

Fri, July 28 2017  7:00 PM
Suggested donation of $10 - RSVP here

GrowNYC is excited to host a screening of the documentary film, Saving Jamaica Bay. Please join us for an educational evening highlighting one of New Yorks most important environmental resources. We are also happy to announce that GrowNYC's former Director of Environmental Education, Mike Zamm, will be in attendance to introduce the film and lead discussion.

From the Ashes Advance Screening with Sierra Club

Mon, Jun 12, 2017  7:00 PM
Free with RSVP here

Please contact Shay O'Reilly at with questions

From the Ashes, produced by RadicalMedia in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies, captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. From Appalachia to the West's Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the "war on coal" to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories about what's at stake for our economy, health, and climate. 

Attend a local screening for a special preview of the film, in advance of the National Geographic global broadcast premiere on June 25th. Gather with community members to discuss and boost awareness. Upon RSVPing, From the Ashes will email you with additional information and opportunities to support coal communities transitioning to cleaner energy.  

From the Ashes invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge and what it means for their lives.

The State of Seafood with Paul Greenberg and Blue Moon Fish

Join GrowNYC and Greenmarket for a conversation with Paul Greenberg and Stephanie Villani about the current state of seafood and politics surrounding the fishing industry June 15 at Project Farmhouse.

Paul Greenberg, sustainable fisheries expert and New York Times bestselling author, is featured in the PBS Frontline special, "The Fish on My Plate," airing April 25, 2017.  Stephanie and her husband Alex own Blue Moon Fish, a family operation that catches wild, local fish off the coast of Mattituck, on the North Folk of Long Island. 

Sustainable Seafood Q & A and Cookbook Release Celebration
Thursday, June 15th
4pm-6pm, $15

Grab a drink along with some local seafood appetizers before participating in a Q & A with Paul and Stephanie to celebrate the release of Stephanie's new cookbook, "The Fisherman's Wife." 
Tickets here

Summer Seafood Dinner
Thursday, June 15th
7pm-10pm, $300 or sponsorship table of 10, $5000
(Table host recognized at event and featured in electronic event materials)
Dinner ticket holders will enjoy a cocktail hour and passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a seated four-course dinner, featuring local and sustainably-sourced seafood and shellfish, prepared by Oceana's Bill Telepan and other celebrated chefs.
Tickets here

This fundraiser is the first in the Greenmarket Seasonal Dinner Series at GrowNYC's Project Farmhouse and will allow GrowNYC to continue working with partner organizations to offer Project Farmhouse as an educational space used for panel discussions, film screenings, and networking events focused on a just and sustainable local food system.