Session 1 Workshops | Food Business & Economy

Building City Support for Small Food Businesses

Room: Cowin Auditorium

Launching a food business can build significant economic power for individuals, their families, and their community. Training, resources and policy are often barriers for new food entrepreneurs, particularly from communities facing greater racial and economic inequities. Learn how city government is responding to the needs of people working to start and sustain their own food business.

Speakers: Molly Hartman, Senior Advisor for Food Policy, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (Moderator);Miquela Craytor Director of NYC Industrial and Income Mobility Initiatives, Center for Economic Transformation Team - NYC Economic DevelopmentSara Eckhouse, Chief of Staff, Agricultural Marketing Service -
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Todd Lang, Executive Director of Education, New York City Department of Small Business Services; Representatives from NYC Housing AuthorityJeanique Riche-Druses, Assistant Director of Resident Business Development, Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability



Introduction to Sustainable Product Manufacturing

Room: HM 438

Join us for a conversation about community-based manufacturing; its role in economic development and justice; and opportunities for growth in the city. We will be exploring ways to strengthen local community food systems, entrepreneurship and social services through equitable product development. Gardeners, processors, entrepreneurs, educators, healers, administrators and revolutionaries are all invited.

Speakers: Taireina Gilbert & Eric-Michael Rodriguez, Co-founders, The Bioheritage Collective, Inc.




Taking Your Product to Market: Tips for Starting, Marketing, and Profiting From Your Value-Added Food Business

Room: HM 138

Learn everything you need to know to start your local, value-added food business. This workshop will cover the basics of food processing and co-packing, as well as marketing strategies to build sales and make a profit! 

Speakers: Beth Linskey, Founder, Beth's Farm Kitchen; Jeri Woodhouse, Founder, A Taste of the North Fork


Food Business & Economy