One of our cornerstone values is social responsibility. We engage in anti-hunger and food rescue efforts, help cultivate a sustainable food system though our organic Katchkie Farm, and educate children about healthy eating through our work with The Sylvia Center.
Over the past 10 years Great Performances has worked toward building stronger farm to city connections and supporting the local food system and community. In 2006 we became the first caterer to own and operate an organic farm, reflecting our commitment to supporting sustainable agricultural practices. The farm serves a robust 600-member CSA program, delivering the freshest produce to NYC every year. Our Katchkie Farm is also home to The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit organization founded by CEO Liz Neumark that inspires young people to establish healthy eating habits through hands-on garden and cooking workshops at the farm.
In the GP kitchen, over 100 tons of food scraps are diverted annually from landfills through repurposing, composting and recycling efforts. Event leftovers and farm surpluses go to food pantries across the city, including NY Common Pantry, Bowery Mission, City Harvest and West Side Campaign Against Hunger. Annually, over 2000 gallons of discarded cooking oil are transported to Katchkie Farm to heat our greenhouses.