Health and wellness weren’t on my radar when I first moved to New York City. I’m not ashamed to say bodegas and sidewalk stands were my go-to places for produce for a long while before cold-pressed juice and avocado toast hit every corner of the city. With time I slowly discovered the bustling Union Square Greenmarket and the Park Slope Food Coop, so my health and wellness vocabulary began to grow with my exposure to the urban food movement. However, a lot of locals have never had the opportunity to learn about incorporating homegrown produce into their lives.
Thanks to GrowNYC, the mastermind behind the greenmarket that opened in 1976, there is now a stand-alone hub just steps from Union Square. This impressive 3,500-square-foot space will be home to lectures, workshops, guest speakers, direct action gatherings, galas, and more revolving around the locavore movement.
According to the organization, it wondered why there wasn’t a center dedicated to environmental issues, where the community could learn, listen, and participate with the food they’re eating. Event Director Laura McDonald calls Project Farmhouse an educational “place for New Yorkers to explore environmental issues through the lens of food, horticulture, arts, recycling, cooking, and community education. As the impact of climate change becomes more apparent, Project Farmhouse aims to be a center for learning, discussion and action where neighbors can come together and make a positive impact on their community and our planet.”
To celebrate the new space, Project Farmhouse will be hosting an open house on April 29 to introduce New Yorkers to the eco-friendly venue. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is a given, but you can also expect cooking demos from local chefs, recycled craft workshops, farm-friendly refreshments, a photo booth, and a seedling giveaway for kids. Since Project Farmhouse strives to be an international destination for dialogue and action, this is the perfect weekend to “[get your] hands dirty, plant ideas, and foster healthier, greener decisions and actions.”
Why You Should Go: You are what you eat, so you should learn about what the food you’re eating says about you.
Project Farmhouse Open House
76 East 13th Street (between Fourth Avenue and Broadway)
Saturday, April 29, 2017
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
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