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City Farming NYC Meetup Message Board › Room to Grow: Real Roles for City Residents & Food Professionals in Urba

Room to Grow: Real Roles for City Residents & Food Professionals in Urban Agriculture (May 24th)

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To benefit: Farm Camp at Flying Pigs Farm (

MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

6:30-8:30 p.m. with reception to follow

Astor Center, 399 Lafayette Street (at East 4th) NYC 10003

No one does food like New Yorkers. The restaurants and shops that prepare our food inspire worldwide food trends. But how much food does NYC require and where does it come from? How dependable is our food supply? How can urban residents produce more food and how will it make a difference if we do? How do we move from conversations to action? Join us for a lively discussion of Urban Agriculture in New York City. Presented by Farm Camp at Flying Pigs Farm and Astor Center. (

$20 General Admission. Special Discounted Rate of $10 for Farm Camp Alumni.

Buy Tickets: http://www.astorcente...­


Brian Snyder is Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA)(,) a position he has held since 2001. PASA is considered one of the largest sustainable ag organizations in the United States, and annually hosts a Farming for the Future conference in State College (PA) that has drawn as many as 2,000 participants from 40 states and 8 different countries. Brian holds two masters degrees, from Harvard University (Theological Studies) and the University of Massachusetts (Business Administration). Before moving to Pennsylvania, Mr. Snyder was Executive Director of The William J. Gould Associates, which operates Gould Farm, a 600-acre sustainable farm and mental health treatment facility in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts. In addition to writing and speaking in a number of venues on the subject of sustainable agriculture, Mr. Snyder also serves on several other related boards, including the FoodRoutes Network (currently chair of the board), Pennsylvania State Council of Farm Organizations and Keystone Development Center. He also serves in an advisory capacity for the Pennsylvania Dairy Task Force, the Northeast Sustainable Ag Working Group and the School of Hospitality at the Penn College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. Brian lives with his wife Paula and two daughters, Kerry and Kayla, on a small farm in Centre Hall, PA, where they maintain an organic vegetable garden and a small flock of heritage-breed sheep.

Annie Novak is founder and director of Growing Chefs, a field-to-fork food education program; farmer and co-founder of the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint, Brooklyn; and Children's Gardening Program coordinator for the New York Botanical Gardens. A lifelong vegetarian, Annie’s passion for agriculture began while working with West African chocolate farmers. Annie has since followed food crops to their roots, farming internationally from Bolivia to Turkey; her adventures are cheerfully blogged at 
A Chicago native turned New Yorker, Annie has worked with the CENYC Greenmarket(, Slow Food (,) and Just Food ( advocating for the growth of urban agriculture throughout NYC.

Nevin Cohen is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at The New School (,) where he teaches courses in urban planning and food systems. He serves as Co-Chair of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, the interdisciplinary environmental research and education center at The New School, and home to the university’s innovative bachelor program in Environmental Studies, which emphasizes urban ecosystems, sustainable design, and public policy. Dr. Cohen’s current research focuses on urban food policy, particularly innovative planning strategies to support food production in the urban and peri-urban landscape, public policies to engage citizens in sustainable food production, planning and food access, and civic agriculture in cities and suburbs. He has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Rutgers University, a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Berkeley, and a BA from Cornell.

The evening will benefit Farm Camp at Flying Pigs Farm ( Farm Camp is a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity for professionals working in food service, food media, and food and farm advocacy and investment, to learn about both the challenges and opportunities associated with agricultural production and distribution in New York. Campers visit dynamic farms and processing facilities, and engage in sessions on access to farmland and food policy led by agricultural leaders. They sample maple sugars, castrate piglets, collect eggs, tour cheese caves, slaughter chickens, watch milk-bottling and more, all while talking with the producer and processors. And they eat great local food and drink New York wines. By offering a comprehensive, two-day overview of various agricultural sectors, Farm Campers experience farm life and gain the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions and find practical solutions in their work shaping the regional food system. Farm Camp at Flying Pigs Farm is a program of the Cambridge Valley Community Development and Preservation Partnership, a non-profit organization in Washington County.
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