2018 GrowNYC Annual Report

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2018 GrowNYC Annual Report


GrowNYC serves more than 3 million New Yorkers every year, providing opportunities to make NYC truly livable — a place where every person can enjoy a healthier, more sustainable life. 1

GrowNYC: Making a Truly Livable NYC

115 community gardens created to date with hundreds more assisted every year

260,000 New Yorkers

70,000 youth

benefit each year from the green space we have created

50 Greenmarkets the largest open air farmers market program in the U.S.

reached through education programs

6,000,000 pounds of textiles diverted from landfills & recycled

240+ farmers

participating in Greenmarket

2,000,000 gallons of rainwater harvested every year

5,000 volunteers 775 school gardens

actively working with their community

created and sustained through our school garden network

3,000,000 New Yorkers participate in our programs each year

12,000,000+ pounds of food scraps diverted from landfills into composting

500,000 visitors

pass through Greenmarket weekly during peak season

Dear Friend, Here at GrowNYC we have one simple goal: to make our city more sustainable and livable. We are creating a New York City in which everyone can flourish by increasing access to fresh, healthy food; building and reviving open green spaces; reducing waste and expanding recycling; and educating New Yorkers in and out of the classroom. With your support and partnership, we are turning this vision into a reality. Thanks to you and our collective success, we have set our sights even higher, taking unprecedented action to disrupt the current inequalities in our food system. With the support of New York State and City, we have begun work in earnest on the New York State Regional Food Hub. Slated to open in 2020, this state-of-the-art food processing and distribution center will turn the regional food industry on its head, shifting from race-to-the-bottom business practices to a cooperative system collectively addressing food insecurity throughout New York City. As an engine for economic growth in the South Bronx, this project will create high quality jobs and a dedicated space for local food businesses, while bolstering a new, robust wholesale market for regional farmers. As GrowNYC nears its 50th anniversary in 2020, we reflect on the early days when we were throwing seed bombs in vacant lots to start gardens in forgotten spaces, hosting the first modern farmers markets to connect our urban dwellers with nearby rural communities, and pioneering the very first office paper recycling programs. The following pages highlight our growth in 2018 and illustrate our unwavering dedication to creating a city in which every New Yorker can truly thrive. With deepest thanks for your continued support,

Marcel Van Ooyen PRESIDENT / CEO


Our work We make it easy for you to have a positive impact.

Greenmarket Recycle Garden Education



GrowNYC’s 50 Greenmarkets support small family farms and ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the most nutritious, locally grown food the region has to offer. TOP ACHIEVEMENTS Greenmarket opened a new market at 6th Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. This inaugural season also brought Farmers Markets for Kids, which provides market-based cooking and activities for children. We are proud to accept SNAP at all of our Greenmarket, Youthmarket, and Fresh Food Box locations, and thanks to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, we provide everyone making a SNAP purchase with additional Health Bucks to increase their purchasing power. This year SNAP and Health Bucks redemption reached $1,400,000 in sales.


We hosted our first Fresh Food Box Harvest Festival at Project Farmhouse, bringing customers and partners together in celebration of the harvest season. They participated in an apple pie competition, homemade play dough making, food giveaways, and family friendly activities. We operated 15 weekly Youthmarket farm stands, including a new location in Long Island City. Sixty teens received meaningful job experience as they placed orders, worked with customers, led cooking demos, and offered nutrition and health outreach to their communities.

We distributed more than 620,000 pounds of food to nonprofit organizations throughout NYC, including food pantries and farm stands, via our wholesale arm Greenmarket Co.

We graduated 18 new farmers from the FARMroots Farm Beginnings training course; three started their own farms and seven went on to participate in the shoulder-toshoulder mentorship program.

GrowNYC trained six community organizations on best practices gleaned from our Fresh Food Box and Youthmarket programs, helping them launch their own food retail programs.

Working with regional partners, we helped conserve 72 acres of prime NY farmland directly adjacent to a 142-acre piece of land we helped conserve in 2016.

Greenmarket Fordham Plaza Greenmarket in the Bronx Payments: Health Bucks EBT/SNAP/WIC/SFMNP Cash Debit/Credit Subway BD456


GrowNYC blankets the five boroughs with textile and food scrap collection sites and Stop ‘N’ Swaps®, and provides free training to make waste reduction easy for all. TOP ACHIEVEMENTS Each week New Yorkers dropped their compost at 53 different food scrap collection sites we operate across the city, increasing food scrap collection by 12% from 2017 and diverting over 12 million pounds of food scraps from the landfill. Finished compost supported community gardens and city parks. We worked with the NYC Department of Sanitation to enroll scores of residential buildings into NYC’s Organics Collection Program, including the Penn South/ Mutual Redevelopment Houses, a 2,800unit development on the west side of Manhattan, and 53 properties in the Bronx. We hosted 51 Stop ‘N’ Swap® events across the five boroughs. These events attracted more than 12,000 New Yorkers eager to practice waste reduction, diverting upwards of 123,000 pounds of materials from the landfill.

GrowNYC’s Zero Waste Program is supported by the New York City Department of Sanitation.


GrowNYC’s Greenmarket locations collected 6 million pounds of clothing, linens, and shoes for reuse or recycling – an increase of 14% from 2017. That’s the equivalent of 40 full Department of Sanitation packer trucks! GrowNYC’s partnership with Confucius Plaza in Manhattan’s Chinatown yielded our largest single textile collection event ever, diverting over 4.5 tons of textiles in one day. As part of the NYCHA Recycles! Program, GrowNYC conducted 153 recycling outreach events at NYCHA developments throughout the year, reaching thousands of residents and improving recycling participation. 800 intrepid volunteers generously gave their time to GrowNYC’s Zero Waste Program, making it easier for New Yorkers to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost.

Recycle Clothing collections at Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket Subway 234


GrowNYC builds and rejuvenates community gardens, urban farms and school gardens in all five boroughs. We support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, our annual plant sale, and school garden mini-grants.

TOP ACHIEVEMENTS We built 10 new community gardens, including two gardens on New York City Housing Authority property, adding 75,000 square feet of new green space. We renovated an additional 20 community gardens, providing them with new garden beds, picnic tables, benches, plants, and more. We built five new rainwater harvesting systems at community gardens across the city, adding to our network that now can collect up to 2 million gallons of rainwater each year. Our Annual Spring Plant Sale provided low-cost vegetable, herb, and flower plants to more than 600 neighborhood greening projects.


We added a 6,000 square foot cutting flower garden and a new perimeter garden to our Governors Island Teaching Garden, creating more space to engage and educate visitors in all aspects of urban farming. Corporate volunteers built 150 readymade garden beds that were donated to 15 gardens. GrowNYC funded 65 new school gardens or garden expansions through mini-grants. We hosted more than 40 hands-on workshops, teaching more than 700 educators how to use the garden as a powerful learning space.

Garden Good Life Garden Corporate volunteers and community gardeners at the Good Life Garden in Bushwick, Brooklyn Subway J


GrowNYC fosters environmental stewardship by providing 70,000 children each year with programs that offer meaningful interactions with the natural environment. TOP ACHIEVEMENTS We welcomed 5,000 visitors to Project Farmhouse for sustainability programming, including a sold-out screening of Wasted featuring a panel with the NYC Department of Sanitation, City Harvest and our own compost program. At our one acre Governors Island Teaching Garden, in addition to youth education, we are broadening our garden-based education to include programming for senior citizens and differently-abled adults. We hosted five groups this season and plan to expand in 2019. GrowNYC has helped significantly increase recycling rates in Zero Waste Schools: organic waste by 106%, paper and cardboard by 75%, and metal, glass, plastic by 94%.


Teen interns in our Learn It Grow It Eat It program led hands-on education programs, including scavenger hunts, for 200 young children in the community gardens they tend. The children learned about where food comes from and pollinators, while the teens challenged themselves to be leaders and teachers. More than 5,000 K-12 students visited the Greenmarkets on scheduled school tours that introduced the concepts of seasonality, local food and sustainable agriculture. We worked with 47 New York City senior centers and nonprofit institutions serving adult communities to provide Greenmarket tours and nutrition education, benefitting the physical and emotional health of our city’s adult communities.

Education Model T Community Garden 1312 Bristow Street Claremont Village, Bronx Founded 1991 Subway 256


Health Program Coordinator, The Mary Mitchell Family & Youth Center 14

Success Stories From the Field GrowNYC: How were you first introduced to GrowNYC’s compost program? During the summer of last year, GrowNYC was tabling at La Familia Verde – a community garden and farmers market in the Bronx. They were asking people to get involved in their curbside compost collections. I was like, ‘I have to talk to them!’ and learned how to get a non-profit involved. Were you successful? Yes! I went back to my office and immediately filled out the application. Then someone from the NYC Department of Sanitation came and told us we could get the brown bins for compost collection. We were really excited about it, but we were only collecting from the youth in our program.

If you are patient and work alongside the community, it will all fall into place.

This is leading up to something, isn’t it? It is. Soon, David from GrowNYC reached out to us, and he came to our site to see how much we were collecting. We have a cook that prepares only healthy meals, no junk food, so we have a lot of good food scraps. David kept coming and decided to make us a drop-off site. Not many people came at first… How did that change? James, the compost coordinator from GrowNYC, did a lot of outreach. We noticed that a lot of people took the pamphlets, but they didn’t come back consistently. Then James started knocking on doors. Education is what was needed. We got a lot of people coming by the center and asking about the program. A lot of people were interested in getting bins themselves. Whenever someone expressed interest, we would help them fill out the application. If you are patient and work alongside the community, it will all fall into place.



Future Owner, Dream Farm


Success Stories From the Field GrowNYC: Please tell us a little about yourself. I’m from West Africa. I was born in Niger and grew up in Mali. What is your vision for your farm? My farm will be called Dream Farm. I am actively looking in the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania for 30 to 50 acres of land so I can start my business. As an African, I’d like to serve my community by bringing fresh produce and the best cuts of meat to them. In 2018 I became an American, so I want to provide food to American communities as well. How did you first become involved with FARMroots? I was a customer at one of the Greenmarkets, and I went to the information tent to find out more about the market. Someone told me about GrowNYC’s FARMroots program. I started attending workshops in 2017, and that fall I joined their Farm Beginnings class. FARMroots is fantastic! They believe in my dream. Without FARMroots I wouldn’t know how to start.

FARMroots is fantastic! They believe in my dream. Without FARMroots I wouldn’t know how to start.

What is the biggest challenge you face as a farmer? Access to land within two hours of the city, where my family lives. What are your plans for growing your business? With the help of GrowNYC, I’m exploring all the scenarios that could make Dream Farm a success. In my first year, I will grow a couple of acres of African vegetables. In my second year, I will raise sheep and guinea fowl, as well. Do you have advice for other aspiring immigrant farmers? Every time I have a problem or a new idea, I call GrowNYC. They are always there, helping me navigate a farming landscape that was unfamiliar to me. My best advice would be to contact FARMroots!


Clarysabel Learn It Grow It Eat It participant


Success Stories From the Field GrowNYC: How did you first learn about GrowNYC’s Learn It Grow It Eat It program? I first met Mr. Saphire of GrowNYC at Bronx Regional High School, where I go to school. He would come every Thursday and teach us about fruits and vegetables. And we would even cook the fruits and vegetables. I had never tried gardening but I felt inspired. I wanted to do something hands-on and was so happy when Mr. Saphire hired me to work with him during spring break. After that, I felt like I wanted to go further and I applied for the summer internship.

I had never tried gardening but I felt inspired. I wanted to do something hands-on.

Did you enjoy the program? Learn It Grow It Eat It was so helpful to me in a lot of ways! It gave me a lot of stuff to put on my resume. And I learned a lot of things, from teaching little kids to actually learning about plants and how fruits and vegetables are produced. We even did carpentry. I never had a real job. Working at the Learn It Grow It Eat It Youthmarket gave me a lot of experience with customers. Before I was a little shy. I didn’t want to really speak to anybody. I grew as a person. What was your favorite part of the program? Working with little kids was the best. By teaching them important things and working as a role model, I felt really good about myself. Before Learn It Grow It Eat It, I never really ate fruits or vegetables. I just used to eat junk food and fast food, but working with the fruits and vegetables made me change a lot of things in my diet. Before I didn’t know what a turnip was. Now I know. Oh, and my favorites – donut peaches and cherry tomatoes. Those are really good. I brought some home from the market for my mom to try.



Good Life Garden, Bushwick


Success Stories From the Field GrowNYC: Congratulations on the transformation of the Good Life Garden in Bushwick. What was the space like before? There was trash, liquor bottles, drug paraphernalia, pieces of a car, old basketball hoops, old shopping carts. Just years of people dumping heavily out there. Can you describe the change? All that trash is gone. The team at GrowNYC helped us lay down landscape fabric and wood chips and build raised beds. Working with them was a lot of fun. We planted collard greens, kale, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, mint, sage, lavender, and so much more. Before, there were no kids in this open space that had been there for 20 years! That’s because of how it looked and the unsafe vibe it gave off. Now there are always kids here. We reserved some of the space for the seniors in the neighborhood, and they plant vegetables that are important to their culture, like from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, and China.

How has the larger community responded? People were crying that first week. When your neighborhood has been so neglected, you start to internalize that. It was so powerful when we began cleaning it up. I feel great when kids come in. It’s just a safe, colorful space for them to run around and check on the vegetables. We’re going to have it be a place where artists can come and showcase their work, and also make work that reflects the community of Bushwick. Whenever someone says, “How can I help?” I feel most inspired. I feel like these people have always wanted to help, but they didn’t know how to start. That’s what GrowNYC did. They came in with the supplies and resources to jump-start everything.

People were crying that first week. When your neighborhood has been so neglected, you start to internalize that. It was so powerful when we began cleaning it up.


GrowNYC Thanks Our Generous Supporters FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2017 - JUNE 30, 2018 $


Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer Building Healthy Communities Con Edison Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Doris Duke Charitable Foundation The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York Empire State Development Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation Green Mountain Energy NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund NYC Council Member Ben Kallos Former NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC National Fish and Wildlife Foundation New York City Department of Education New York City Department of Sanitation New York City Economic Development Corporation New York Farm Viability Institute


New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets New York State Department of Environmental Conservation New York State Health Foundation New York State Office of the Attorney General Novo Foundation sweetgreen United States Department of Agriculture United States Economic Development Administration Wallace Genetic Foundation

NYC Council Member Robert Cornegy Deloitte Disney Durst Organization Christopher Elliman NYC Council Member Rafael Espinal NYC Council Member Mathieu Eugene Eataly Farm Credit East Farmers Market Federation of NY First Eagle Investment Management Foundation Food Bank NYC Council Member Vincent Gentile NYC Council Member $10,000+ Vanessa Gibson Amy P. Goldman Anonymous (4) Foundation Altman Foundation Great Performances Anderson-Rogers Guggenheim Partners Foundation Auxiliary of Gouverneur HEINEKEN USA Hospital Inc. Marian S. Heiskell Big Sunday Geoffrey C. Hughes Boger Family Foundation Foundation JetBlue Burpee Foundation J.M. Kaplan Fund NYC Council Member Fernando Cabrera Keep America Beautiful NYC Council Member NYC Council Member Margaret Chin Brad Lander Icon Parking Lani’s Farm Claremont Leir Foundation Neighborhood Center Levitt Foundation Clif Bar Family Foundation Lucius N. Littauer CoBank Foundation Community Preservation Andrew W. Mellon Corporation Foundation Condé Nast NYC Council Member Rosie Mendez NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides

Mosholu Montefiore Community Center Mount Sinai Hospital National Endowment for the Arts Liz Neumark New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene New York Community Trust New York State Department of Health Omni New York Pfizer Related Companies Rockaway Youth Task Force NYC Council Member Deborah Rose Barbara and John Samuelson Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund Eugene Schneur Dr. Robert C. & Tina Sohn Foundation Spindrift Family Foundation Starcom TF Cornerstone Tishman Speyer UBS AG NYC Council Member James Vacca Vita Coco Wells Fargo William Morris Endeavor Entertainment Foundation NYC Council Member Jumaane Williams


Bessemer Venture Partners Bloomberg L.P. Brown Brothers Harriman Cava Mezze Grill Central Fulton Street District Chicago Community Foundation Cassandra and Bret Csencsitz Cypress Hills Local Development Corp. Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Ernst & Young Farm Aid Peter and Lucy Feniello NYC Council Member Daniel Garodnick Gotham Bar and Grill Greenacre Foundation Henry St. Settlement Carol and Bob Kafin Edith & Herbert Lehman Foundation, Inc. NYC Council Member Mark Levine Holly Cornell Lowen and Todd Lowen Major League Soccer Morgan Stanley Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District The New York Times Charles Ramat Red Bull North America NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal

S&P Global Samsung C&T America Katherine and Nick Scharlatt Stainman Family Foundation Stella Strombolis NYC Council Member James Van Bramer WaterWheel Foundation $1,000+

Anonymous Abacus Labs Aesop USA Ajana Foundation American International Group Anchor Associates Aragon Advertising Arline Bronzaft Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Bank of America Barneys New York Hyatt Bass BeaconLight Capital Berkshire Capital Securities LLC Blueprint NYC, LLC Brown Advisory CAA Foundation Calvin Klein Capalino+Company Centre Lane Partners City Gardens Club of NYC Clarion Partners Cloudera.com COOKFOX Architects Cowles Charitable Trust Crafting Resistance

The DAS Group of Companies Denham Wolf Real Estate Jacqueline Dryfoos Escape Maker Everyday Health Evian Natural Spring Water Molly and Everard Findlay John J. Flemm Foundation Forbes Daisy Friedman FusionStorm Colin Gardner and Erika L. Faust Gartner Barbara and Michael Gerrard Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Goose Island Beer Co. Angela and Mark Gordon Samuel Greenfield Happy Family Brands Keith Haskel Interbrand Interpublic Group Randall K. C. Kau Anita Kawatra Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. NYC Council Member Karen Koslowitz Legends Letgo LiveRamp Marsh & McLennan Companies

Kate McKay Medallia MTD Products National Australia Bank New York City Soil and Water Conservation District New York Presbyterian Hospital Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal U.S.A. Norinchukin Foundation OLMSTED Olo OXO International Palo Alto Networks Payoneer Inc. Proskauer Rose LLP Rapport Rauxa Renaissance Power & Gas Salesforce.com Foundation Steven P. Salsberg Slow Food NYC Laurie Slutsky Something Digital Storyful Stripes Group Sustainalytics Terracycle Thornton Tomasetti Travelers Urban Health Plan Vision BI Venable Foundation Willis Towers Watson


GrowNYC Supporters (Continued) Jenna Cho Kendall Christiansen Anonymous (9) Mimi Ciabarra 26Five Global Lab Tom Cisco Lisa and Jamie Cloud Adam Ableman Erin Collins Michelle Aboodi Emilie Cooper Bruce Agins Victoria Contino and Susan Altman Paul Ashlin Da-Hea An Alexandra Appleton Andre Angel Min Sook and Vincent Apa Cuervo Ramiro Cunningham Apple Susan and Dylan Armajani Lawrence Daniels Marian Bach William J. Dean Esq. Una Baker Bethany Dekker Baltimore Family Fund Ainslie Devoe Bankstown Sports Club Donna Douglas Jordan Barowitz W. Leslie Duffy Pamela Benepe Judith Edelstein Bikram Yoga Harlem Cara Eisen and Gil Forer Nancy Billmann Nancy Elder BNY Mellon Elysian Realty LLC Zach Boger Erica Eng Karen Bomson Caitlin Enz Bridgewood Fieldwater FactSet Research Foundation Systems Nina Browne The Farm on Adderley Cara Brownell Joel Feinberg John Burke Feinberg Bros. Agency Michelle Byrd Miriam Feuerman David Camacho Amanda Finuccio David Capers Michael Fishbein Margot Carpenter Norma Fisher Juan Miguel Carrion Anita Flanagan Centenero Friends of Soundview Cinthia Carton Park Meditation CBS Garden Charlene Cerridwen Tyson Gach Cheerful Spirit Creations Naola Gersten-Woolf Amy Chiang $100+


Ellen Gesmer Darby Curtis and Mark Ginsberg Montego Glover Eric A. Goldstein Maia Goodell Emily Goodstein Great Dane OpCo Susan E. Green Gail Gregg Lisa N. Gurley and David P. Schaffer Marisa Hall Quincy Hammond Benjamin Hanbury-Aggs Daniel S. Harris Mary Hawley HBO Jeffrey Henigson Susan Herzberg Hermann Hesse Peter Hirsch Claudia Hamilton and Jon Hlafter Judith Hoffmann Michael Holland Margaret Hornblower Rita Houlihan Robin and Michael Howald Justin Hubbard Hudson Clearwater Ted Humphrey Dara Hunt Mark Izeman Molly Doherty and Omar C. Jadwat Barbara Janowitz Katherine Jayne Sue Johnson

Shara Kabakow Katherine Kania Phil Karlin Linda Keefe Carol Kennedy Katherine Killeffer KIND Foundation Ellen Kitchel Eileen and Neil Klar Joan and Richard Klein Steven Kofsky Willis Kong Stacie Kornman Thomas Kosbau Sarah and Victor Kovner Dorothy and Jerome Kretchmer Henry Krim Shirley Kubo Anjali Kumar Vivian Kuan and Joel Kurtzberg Eric Lane Kelly Leight Linda Lennon and Stuart Baskin David Levine Carol and David Locke Cheryl LoMaglio John S. Lyons Johannah-Joy Magyawe Maine Grains Maria Makis Irene Manzi Maura Harway and Richard Mark Mary-Howell Martens and Klaas Martens

Bethany and Andrew Martin Mattel Thomas L. McAllan Thomas L. McMahon Karen E. Meara Meyers USA Dana Mindlin Rebecca Mir and Jarret Wasko Mockmill Sarah Moga Susan Montagna Elizabeth Myers Marie Myung-Ok Lee Serene Nakano Emily Nammacher Norwich Meadows Farm Clara Ohr John O’Mahoney OMD Thomas Outerbridge David Packer Rosamund Palmer Marilyn Payton P.E. & D.D. Seafood L.E. Phillips Family Foundation Pickler & Co. Harriet and Paul Pitcoff Vicky Smith and David Porteous Jane Potenzo PS 89X Courtney and Timothy Quinlan Deborah Rand Ann Rauch Charlene Ray

Sarah Raymond Matthew Reid Nancy Remer Frances Resheske Morgan Resta-Flarer Linda Grasso and Michael Rieser Elizabeth Lorris and Barry Ritter Peter Roccaforte Ellen Rosen Jody Rosen Daryl Rubin Megan M. Ryan Salterbaxter Susan and Michael Santoro Martin Satz Jeff Scheuer Edward Schneider Adrian Schnell Leah Schulson Wendy Schwartz Jeff Scott William Serri Harriet Shalat Ann and Bob Shepherd Rebecca Simmons Jocelyn Simon Katrina Soohoo Erica Sorg Katherine Spector Marianne Spraggins Denise Squicciarini Barbi Steinhilber Flavia Bacarella and Keith D. Stewart Nancy Swope Elena Taurke

David Tisch Philip To Sonia Toledo Deirdre Towers TP ICAP TRS Containers Jeanne Travis Barbara Turk Twitter Amy Udell-Mauskopf 2014 Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice Green Team Veerah, PBC David Viscomi Vita and Margaret Wallace Jane Weiss Mariët Westermann and Charles Pardoe Ginger Wey Jane Whitehill Kristina Whittaker Alicia Williams Dovie F. Wingard Carol and Edward Wolf Jennifer Wong Wendy Wong Julia Yang-Winkenbach Edwin A. Yowell Jeffrey Zurofsky IN-KIND

Anthony Road Wine Co. Bank of America Beth’s Farm Kitchen Bread Alone Bakery Central Bakery

Consider Bardwell Farm Divine Brine Foods Droga5 Gaia’s Breath Farm Garnier Gray Matters Hawthorne Valley Farm Hickory Ledges Farm Honeygrow Hot Bread Kitchen Hudson Valley Duck Farm Las Delicias Lavender by the Bay Louis Vuitton Lynnhaven Martin’s Pretzels Meredith’s Country Bakery NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services NYC Department of Parks and Recreation NYC Department of Sanitation Orange County Distillery OXO Pasta Flyer PE&DD Seafood Rule No. 1 She Wolf Bakery Simon and Schuster Terracycle Third Bridge United Way of New York City Wanderlust Wildcraft Farm Workingman Publishers


GrowNYC Board, Leadership & Staff BOARD

Robert J. Kafin Chair Sonia M. Toledo Vice Chair Jordan Barowitz Secretary Stella Strombolis Treasurer Marian S. Heiskell Honorary Chair Charlene Balfour Comm. Oxiris Barbot Arline Bronzaft Wellington Chen Victoria Contino Bret Csencsitz Jacqueline Dryfoos Nancy Elder Christopher E. Elliman Everard Findlay Comm. Kathryn Garcia Mark Izeman Anita Kawatra Anjali Kumar John S. Lyons Liz Neumark Lys McLaughlin Pike Charles Ramat Frances Resheske Steven P. Salsberg Barbara S. Samuelson Axel Santiago Comm. Vincent Sapienza Lea Savoji Nick Scharlatt Eugene Schneur Johan Segergren Comm. Mitchell Silver Marianne Spraggins David Tisch Comm. Polly Trottenberg Barbara J. Turk PHOTO CREDITS: Front Cover – GrowNYC Pg. 1 – GrowNYC Pg. 4 – Amanda Gentile Pg. 9 – Dave Sanders Pg. 11 – Spencer Harbo Pg. 13 –Amanda Gentile


Marcel Van Ooyen President / CEO Julie Walsh Assistant Director Dennis Conroy Comptroller Administration Chelsea Whittaker, Director of Human Resources Rafelia Collis David Francis Cindy Ma Priscilla Rosado Fatumah Waggeh Jun Wang Diante Webb Development Nicholas Rolf, Director Amanda Gentile Kate Giessel Bea Mora Bree Mortimer Project Farmhouse Connor Smith, Director Robert Shepherd Greenmarket Michael Hurwitz, Director Olivia Blanchflower, Director of Wholesale and Distribution Christopher Wayne, Director of FARMroots Krista-Rae Anderson Leo Ballerini Jessica Balnaves

Pg. 14 - Amanda Gentile Pg. 16 – Allison Zaucha Pg. 18 – Amanda Gentile Pg. 20 – Amanda Gentile Back cover – Spencer Harbo

Henry Blair Liz Carollo Cathy Chambers Lela Chapman Catherine Crawford Jessica Douglas Kathleen Ernsting Laurel Halter Ivory Harris Erik Hassert Michelle Hernandez Caroline Hiteshew Margaret Hoffman Jack Hornickel Cheryl Huber Siobhan Keys Pamela Knepper Andrei Kozlov Anthony Kuo Tara Laruffa Egon Lateef Guramrit Lebron Abigail Lee Corinna Lee Winnifred Lee Rishma Lucknauth Naquion McNair Tevon McNair Juan Medina Mario Melendez Tyler Mobley Sarah Oziemkowski Gabriela Pereyra Ojeda Kori Petrovic Santos Rivera June Russell Lobsang Samten Arlene Sicardo Cory Summerville Amelia Tarpey Nicole Tucker Emily Winkler-Morey TK Zellers

Printed using recycled paper, non-toxic inks, and renewable wind-powered energy.

Education Kristin Fields, Director Jennifer Ugolino, Director Tutu Badaru Lesley Barewin Shawn Connell Chelsea Encababian Joshua Feinberg Daneille Foster-Russell Samantha Goldberg Arielle Hartman Uyen Huynh Jacqueline Junttonen Justin Mcammond Ellen Rosenthal Ramirez David Saphire Susie Spodek Laura Veno Katharine Wimsatt Gardens Gerard Lordahl, Director Lars Chellberg Spencer Harbo Mike Rezny Zero Waste Programs David Hurd, Director Emily Bachman Victoria Dearborn David Gaul Larissa Ho Bill Jett John Johnson Nabjot Kaur Jonathan Klar Jay Ledoux Hana Martinez Yazmine Mihojevich Carl-Harry Nau Max Newland Vitaliy Piltser Michael Rieser Christina Salvi Miryam Shemwell

GrowNYC Finances

FISCAL YEAR JULY 1, 2017 - JUNE 30, 2018




Foundations Individuals/Corporations Government Grants & Contracts Contributed Facilities & Services Greenmarket Participant Fees Sales of Wholesale Produce, Plants, Grains Other Income






Greening & Gardens Greenmarket & Farmer Development Food Access & Wholesale Distribution Environmental Education Zero Waste Outreach & Education GrowNYC Partners Project Farmhouse New York State Regional Food Hub LLC Management and general Fundraising





$16,730,686 $1,248,489 4,639,376 3,899,591 1,135,278 2,020,149 78,628 617,630 1,060,9204 1,125,476 730,284 $16,555,821





Change in Unrestricted Net Assets Change in Temporarily Restricted Net Assets

$174,865 4,5476







NON-OPERATING REVENUES Interest & Dividends Investment Income

$980,9001 1,038,4841 6,162,424 661,9302 4,407,548 2,782,779 696,6213


$44,417 (67,899)


Operations Invested in Property & Equipment Board Designated Investment Fund Board Designated Operating Reserve Fund Temporarily Restricted

$1,176,198 1,059,327 1,907,2195 254,105 2,354,1776



1. C ontributed income from Foundations and Corporations includes temporarily restricted donations which were received in a prior fiscal year but released from restriction during FY18. 2. C ontributed Facilities & Services revenue is offset by an equivalent expense amount. 3. Other Income includes rentals of Project Farmhouse and consulting services provided by GrowNYC Partners. 4. See page 4 for a description. New York State Regional Food Hub LLC is a single member disregarded entity, wholly owned by GrowNYC, and is disclosed as such on GrowNYC’s audited financial statements and annual federal tax return (IRS form 990). 5. T he Board designated investment fund functions as an endowment. 6. T emporarily restricted funds are restricted by the donor for a specific purpose and/or time (i.e. future fiscal years), and released from restriction either by the passage of time or by incurring expenses which satisfy the restricted purpose specified by the donor. The financial information presented above is extracted from the financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2018 which are audited by Marks Paneth LLP, Certified Public Accountants. The latest annual financial report has been filed with the NYS OAG, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, NY, NY 10271. A copy may be obtained from GrowNYC, 100 Gold Street, Suite 3300, NY, NY 10038 or online at www.grownyc.org


Let’s GrowNYC Together



Make a contribution to support more gardens, recycling, Greenmarkets, and environmental education for all. This is the simplest and most effective way to give. grownyc.org/donate

CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS Corporate groups of any size can get their hands dirty and work on outdoor volunteer projects across New York City that improve the fabric of our neighborhoods.


Project Farmhouse, our state-of-the-art center for sustainability and education, is available for private rental. This flexible space in Union Square is the perfect venue for your next event, and your rental supports GrowNYC education programs.


GrowNYC welcomes donations of products or services, such as outdoor kitchen equipment, photography, and outdoor gear for our staff working in gardens or Greenmarket.


Sponsorship opportunities include branded Greenmarket Bucks, Governors Island Teaching Garden, School Garden Mini-Grants, Summer Greenmarket events, and more.


Help protect the future of NYC and ensure your legacy will live on in gardens, classrooms and Greenmarkets by making a bequest to GrowNYC today.


GrowNYC has many opportunities for individuals 18 and over to dig in and improve New York City’s environment block by block: leading cooking demos at Greenmarkets, teaching others the recycling rules, and more.

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