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Building Business Bridges: Urban-Rural Food Dynamics

November 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST


Barry Benepe, Planning Consultant and Co-Founder and Former Director of Greenmarket

  • Michael Hurwitz, GrowNYC Greenmarket Director
  • Zaid Kurdieh, Owner and Managing Partner, Norwich Meadows Farm, LLC  
  • Thomas Forster, Coordinator, UN-Habitat Urban-Rural Linkages Guiding Principles and Milan Pact Awards; Principal, Practice2Policy; Faculty, The New School
  • Vincent Stanley, Director, Patagonia Philosophy

  • Ann Goodman, Author of Adapting to Change: The Business of Climate Resilience (Business Expert Press/BEP 2016) and Affiliate Faculty at CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), Environmental Crossroads
  • Rositsa T. Ilieva, Director of Food Policy Monitor, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and author of Urban Food Planning: Seeds of Transition in the Global North (Routledge, 2016)

About the Program: 

Regional food systems are a powerful lever for sustainable economic development, healthier lifestyles, and more environmentally sound systems of production and consumption – from field to fork and beyond. As in other parts of the country and world, in New York City and State there is growing interest and engagement in developing more robust urban-rural bonds through cooperative public, private and NGO-driven initiatives. A key question: How can such innovative collaborations be sustainable, resilient and advance climate adaptation efforts in urban and rural communities over the long run?

Developing conducive and supportive business and economic dynamics is a key dimension of such initiatives, which also can profoundly improve communication and collaboration among disparate parties, helping rural and urban populations better understand that each fundamentally depends on the other. By ‘following the money,’ from farm to table and back, we may better infer the working dynamics of building viable, resilient regional food and agriculture enterprises to support cohesive urban-rural relationships and advance human and environmental sustainability and well-being.

As New York City and State continue to put forward strategies in support of more robust linkages between upstate farmers and downstate consumers, including public institutions, this public forum will explore what economic aspects should be considered and how future initiatives and policies can reflect them. It will also explore the growing interest of companies, even those in sectors beyond food, in agricultural well-being.

On November 19, 2019 join the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity (RZCCI), the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center and invited experts to explore these and other key questions for our local and regional food economy.

Co-Sponsored by:

The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute is an academic research and action center at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy located in Harlem, New York City. We provide evidence to inform municipal policies that promote equitable access to healthy, affordable food. We apply an intersectoral perspective that links nutrition and health to sustainable community and workforce development, and we engage partners from city government, community organizations, and the university in food policy research and action.



The ASRC at The Graduate Center elevates scientific research and education at CUNY and beyond through initiatives in five distinctive, but increasingly interconnected disciplines: environmental sciences, nanoscience, neuroscience, photonics, and structural biology. The ASRC promotes a collaborative, interdisciplinary research culture with renowned researchers from each of the initiatives working side by side in the ASRC’s core facilities, sharing equipment that is among the most advanced available.



6:00 pm – Registration

6:15 pm – Panel

7:30 pm – Q&A

8:00 pm – Networking



Complimentary pre-registration is required to attend this program. Register online, by phone or e-mail:


November 19, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST


Baruch College – Library Building Room 750-760
151 East 25 Street
New York, NY 10010 United States


Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity