LOCAL FOOD News Roundup

August 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm Leave a comment

Local Food Advocates Named to Regional Economic Development Council

Two local food advocates were appointed to Gov. Cuomo’s New York City Regional Economic Development Council:  Marcel Van Ooyen, executive director of GrowNYC, the nonprofit behind the city’s thriving network of Greenmarkets; and Steve Hindy, president of the Brooklyn Brewery.

The New York City Regional Economic Development Council is one of 10 regional councils Gov. Cuomo launched last month to drive local economic development and improve the business climate statewide.  Each council will compete for state funding from a total pot of up to $1 billion in economic development aid.

“With the Regional Councils, we will empower individual areas to chart their own course for job creation and growth,” said Gov. Cuomo in a press release.

The New York City Regional Economic Development Council will be led by Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of City University of New York, and Kenneth Chenault, chairman and CEO of American Express.  Other members of the council are listed here.

Drop-Off Sites for Food Scraps Extended

Non-profit GrowNYC extended pilot food-scrap collection programs at seven Greenmarket locations to the end of the year.  The pilot programs began in March and were set to end in June.

The pilot programs supplement the one at the Union Square Greenmarket, the city’s biggest and best-known site for New Yorkers to drop off their kitchen scraps. The year-round program is run by the Lower East Side Ecology Center.

The non-profit group Western Queens Compost Initiative also runs seasonal food-waste collection programs at three Greenmarkets in Queens:

  • Jackson Heights Greenmarket:  Sundays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Sunnyside Greenmarket:  Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (until Nov. 19, 2011)
  • Socrates Sculpture Park Greenmarket:  Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (until Nov. 19, 2011)

For additional places to drop off food scraps in New York City, click on related post here.

Click here for another related post on composting workshop I attended.


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