Roots to Routes: A Food System Tour, 9/27

People lined up outside Red Hook Initiative

Sunday September 27th

9am – 4pm

Starting in Red Hook, BK

Transportation and lunch provided
Cost: $85

Register Here by 9/22 **

**This event is a pre-retreat field trip leading up to the Environmental Grantmakers Association’s Annual Fall Retreat.  CFF members are invited to register for the full retreat or the “Roots to Routes Tour Only” option. 

[UPDATE:  Photos a recap are now available online]

Starting in one of New York City’s neighborhoods most impacted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, this funder learning tour will look back and forward highlighting community resilience efforts with regard to just rebuilding, climate, and local food systems.  This tour will retrace the food system, from consumer to distributor to producer.

We’ll begin at the Red Hook Initiative in Brooklyn, where we will hear about local clean-up efforts after the storm and how a community space was turned into a kitchen to feed neighbors without power, as well as hear about Rockaway Wildfire and their post-Sandy redevelopment work.

Next, the tour will head to the South Bronx and stop at Greenmarket Co‘s current food warehouse to hear about their role in distributing food to community-based efforts after Sandy as well as their current programs bringing local food to NYC consumers. From there we will take a short drive through the nation’s largest food distribution center, including a stop at the site of a proposed new regional food hub facility.

We will then head up the Hudson River Valley, an area heavily impacted by Hurricane Irene in 2011, to learn about the conservation efforts of the Chester Agricultural Center and hear from local farming innovators in the “black dirt” region while we dine on wood-fire pizzas made with local organic produce.

Those registered for the EGA Fall Retreat will then continue on to the retreat site, Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, while others will be taken back to NYC via bus.

About Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA)

EGA works with members and partners to promote effective environmental philanthropy by sharing knowledge, fostering debate, cultivating leadership, facilitating collaboration, and catalyzing action.  EGA’s flagship event, the Fall Retreat is a gathering of hundreds of grantmakers representing a broad spectrum of the environmental philanthropic community. The Fall Retreat facilitates learning about issues, collaborating on projects, connecting with new and existing partners, and reinvigorating sense of purpose. Presenters include internationally and nationally recognized leaders.

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