Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Hostos President David Gomez.GrowNYC’s Greenmarket Director Michael Hurwitz
                                                                                           Photos by Romain Suinat 
The Bronx spoke out, and Hostos Community College listened.
With a shortage of fresh fruit and vegetables being a major concern for Bronxites who are looking to live more healthy lifestyles, Hostos partnered with GrowNYC to open a large farmers market at the College. The “Hostos Greenmarket” opened on June 30, and it is a first on campus. The market is open every Tuesday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., through November 24.
Today, Hostos Community College was joined by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and GrowNYC’s Greenmarket Director Michael Hurwitz, as well as other community leaders, who were on hand to support this important partnership.
The market features fresh vegetables, fruits, plants, herbs, eggs, honey, candles and baked goods from five farmers and producers from upstate New York. In addition, the market will offer food scrap collection for compost and textile collection each market day.
“One of the main responsibilities of any community college is identifying and addressing various needs in the neighborhoods we serve,” Hostos Community College President David Gómez said. “Hostos recognizes its responsibility to be a leader in educating our community about healthy eating, as well as providing healthy eating alternatives. We are confident the Hostos Greenmarket will be a huge success for the College and South Bronx residents.”

Hostos President David Gómez addresses the crowd Tuesday as
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. looks on.

This community-based effort comes as Hostos is expanding its curriculum to include classes centered on the food industry, nutrition and policy making. The Hostos Greenmarket will also support other regional health initiatives, including Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz’s #Not62 plan, a healthy living call to arms that came in response to the Borough being ranked last among the 62 counties in New York in a national health report.
“As an anchor institution, Hostos Community College continues to play a vital role in the development and promotion of innovative programs that enhance the lives of its students and surrounding community,” Diaz Jr. said. “Through this collaboration with GrowNYC, the Hostos Greenmarket offers Bronxites an opportunity to have access to fresh, healthy and good quality products. Farmers markets are a perfect way to preserve regional farmland and encourage friendly growing methods, while also making healthy foods available to the public. This new greenmarket is a great addition to our #Not62 campaign for a healthier Bronx, and I am proud to be a part of this launch.”
GrowNYC’s Greenmarkets work to preserve local farmland, while ensuring that New Yorkers across all five boroughs have access to fresh, healthy food grown right here in our region. A central component of Greenmarket’s mission and operations is product integrity: everything sold at market is 100 percent farmer grown, produced, caught, or foraged. In addition to operating farmers markets, Greenmarket is working to improve the health of all New Yorkers with a suite of food access strategies aimed at getting the healthiest, freshest food into the hands that need it most.
“This market is an expansion of our relationship with Hostos Community College in an effort to see more Bronx residents engaged in the sustainable agriculture economy, as well as having increased access to our region’s bounty,” said GrowNYC Executive Director Marcel Van Ooyen. 
Hurwitz echoed Van Ooyen’s sentiments, and added that the Hostos Greenmarket also represents an important economic engine and educational asset in the Bronx that will offer healthy and natural fresh foods to both the Hostos campus and the community at large.
The Hostos Greenmarket is yet another example of the College’s commitment to increasing access to healthy food options in our borough and, more specifically, to the health and wellness of our students and surrounding community. This initiative follows in the footsteps of an effort by Hostos professor Elyse Zucker. The Associate Professor of English had her class opened a similar market last year to teach students about agriculture and social justice in her Expository Writing course. The greenmarket served as a “service learning” component” that saw students promote the market to local community members, operated it, and write about the experience. Students also distributed a brochure created in her class, exploring topics including “agroindustry vs. agriculture,” “processed vs. unprocessed food,” “food deserts,” and “farmers markets.”
GreenMarket Farmers:
*HoeffnerFarms Fruits, vegetables and plants from Orange County NY; a Greenmarket founding farmer in 1976;
*La Baraja Farm Vegetables, herbs, Mexican specialty produce and eggs from Orange County, NY; New Farmer Development Project participant;
*Meredith’s Bakery Baked goods from Ulster County NY;
*Migliorelli Farm Vegetables and orchard fruit from Dutchess County, NY;
*Nature’s Way Honey Honey & candles from Chemung County, NY.
More Information:
WIC and FMNP checks accepted at individual farmer stands.
EBT/Food Stamp/Debit/Credit accepted at market info tent from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
GrowNYC’s Textile Recycling: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
GrownNYC’s Compost Collection: 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.
Named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.