Wednesday July 22nd
12:00 – 1:30pm
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
650 5th Ave, 18th floor
Lunch will be served!
This is a funder-only event with invited guests. The event will be livestreamed
[UPDATE: A video recording of this briefing is now available]
The rapid growth of direct marketing opportunities through CSAs and farmers markets has increased access to affordable, fresh produce and provided viable retail distribution channels for local farmers. However, the impact of retail sales is limited because approximately 99% of the food Americans eat is still purchased through wholesale channels. GrowNYC has sought to address this challenge in the New York City foodshed through its management of a wholesale farmers market in the Bronx and its creation of Greenmarket Co. – a non-profit entity that aggregates and distributes wholesale quantities of locally-grown food. These efforts have shown tremendous potential to build New York City’s local food economy and provide healthy food to New Yorkers at all income levels, but they have been hampered by a lack of critical infrastructure.
Please join us for a funder briefing with GrowNYC to learn about the proposed development of a Greenmarket Regional Food Hub in the Bronx. This large-scale facility will provide a home for Greenmarket Co., space for an expanded wholesale farmers market, a light food processing center to prepare local produce for wholesale, and other infrastructure to support local food businesses. The prospects for development of this facility have never been stronger and an opportunity currently exists for funders to ensure that it comes to fruition in the near term and that it is designed with adequate capacity to serve the needs of New Yorkers for decades to come.
A rendering of the proposed Greenmarket Regional Food Hub in the Bronx
GrowNYC is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization that works to make New York City more sustainable and improve the lives of all New Yorkers. Reaching two million New Yorkers every year, GrowNYC operates Greenmarket farmers markets, engages New Yorkers in recycling education and resources, builds and maintains green spaces and engages young people in hands-on education.