Downstate New York really dodged more than a bullet when Hurricane Irene passed over, but our neighbors Upstate unfortunately did not. As Greenmarkets have increased around New York City, more New Yorkers have turned to the markets as part of their regular weekly shopping, and have gotten to know the farms behind their food. And 10% of those farms did not fare well with the post-Irene flooding. Over 140,000 acres of farmland was damaged by the hurricane and GrowNYC is asking all New Yorkers to help their neighbors to the north by donating some much needed food and supplies.
Collections are to be held in all five boroughs over the next few weeks at local Greenmarkets. Supplies needed include non-perishable foodstuffs (peanut butter, cereal, soups, pasta, etc.), paper plates and cups, diapers, shampoo, toothpaste, and disinfectant cleaners. The sooner the farms can get back on their feet, the less interruption we’ll have in our supply of fresh vegetables and fruit! To see where you can donate, head on over to GrowNYC’s website for more information.
And don’t forget you can join us for a night of sustainable cooking, a screening of Truck Farm, and more at our Farm to Film to Table event on Sunday, October 16th with Chef Amanda Freitag.