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About GrowNYC

GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City's quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

GrowNYC was originally created in 1970 as the Council on the Environment of New York City. Born out of the spirit of the first Earth Day, the Council was initially a policy-based organization, writing comprehensive reports about quality of life issues like air quality, traffic, and noise.

Over the past 40 years we've worked to become more engaged with New York City and its citizens. Whether it's operating the world famous Union Square Greenmarket, building a new community garden, teaching young people about the environment, or improving recycling awareness, if you're a New Yorker, GrowNYC is working near you!



Greenmarket Farmers Markets
50+ farmers markets providing New York City with healthy, fresh, and local food

Farm Roots
Training the next generation of farmers

11 urban farm stands run by local youth, selling Greenmarket produce

Greenmarket Co.
Providing the freshest and most local food to wholesale customers


Office of Recycling Outreach & Education
Helping all New Yorkers recycle more and waste less


Open Space Greening
Building and supporting more than 70 community and school gardens

Grow to Learn NYC
The Citywide School Gardens Initiative


Environmental Education
Teaching New York City students about conservation and environmental science

School Recycling Champions
Teaching students, teachers, and schools how to recycle better

Learn It, Grow It, Eat It
Teaching kids the hows and whys of eating healthy and growing food