Dreaming of a Green Holiday?

As we slow down to celebrate another year with friends and family, the flow of waste seems to speed up. Egg nog cartons stack up on the counter, wrapping paper litters the living room, ugly sweaters spill out of drawers and not-so-obsolete electronics are transformed into pricey paperweights. We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips to help you reduce waste and clear out clutter without clogging a landfill. Even Grandma’s greeting can go to a good cause.

Go to tips.

Recycling Poster Series

Ever wish you could do more to educate your neighbors or tenants about recycling and waste prevention?  Check out this series of recycling posters from GrowNYC’s Office of Recycling Outreach and Education.  Download the poster of your choice in black & white or color, print and post in recycling rooms, lobbies or other common areas of your building.  A new poster is issued each month in OROE’s NYC Recycling Updates e-newsletter.

Junk Mail Poster Junk Mail Poster Check the Neck
Million Pound Challenge
Paper Recycling Tip
Paper Recycling Tip

Where to buy a Christmas tree & other holiday decor

Farmers at several Greenmarket locations harvest a variety of evergreen trees. Here's a list of markets where you can get a locally grown tree, wreath, or garland for all your holiday decorating needs:

Manhattan

77th Street Sunday
Abingdon Square Saturday
Union Square Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Boro Hall Saturday
Fort Greene Park Saturday
Grand Army Plaza Saturday

Thanksgiving Produce Bags

GrowNYC's Thanksgiving Produce Bags were a big hit this year, distributing close to 2,000 lb of fresh, local produce to Harlem residents for the holiday. $4 produce bags filled with 5 pounds of seasonal vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, and collard greens were sold at four locations throughout Harlem.

Thanks to all our partners and volunteers who made it possible! See you next year.

A new stage and mural for JDD Garden

Recently, the roof on the stage/gazebo at JDD Garden had fallen into disrepair. In addition to providing gardening space for some of our Learn It, Grow It, Eat It students, the garden plays host to community events, meetings, and parties, so a solution was needed.

Thanks to generous support from Morrisania Revitalization Corp. and BASICS Inc., GrowNYC has spent the last month demolishing the old structure and building a new one, suitable for performances, shaded sitting, and a new rainwater harvesting system. GrowNYC staff was assisted by volunteers from BASICS and the Sustainable South Bronx Best Academy.

Gazebo/stage reconstruction

Mural

Pelham Bay Park clearing

As part of GrowNYC’s Environmental Education program, 31 students from DeWitt Clinton HS spent half a day clearing 3,800 square feet of bush honeysuckle invasive plants at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. The NYC Parks Department will follow the students’ work by planting natives in the area.

Grains Week - a success!

Greenmarket Grains Week—seven days of collaborative programming to promote the re-emergence of local grains in our regional food system—has ended, and we're proud to say that it was a huge success! Home bakers compared recipes and tried each other's bread; experts discussed the past, present, and future of local grains; and baking classes and cooking demonstrations showed New Yorkers how to use local grains to make anything from pancakes to bagels.

Learn It, Grow It, Eat It on LunchNYC

NYC Media, the official television, radio and online network of the City of New York, recently profiled Learn It, Grow It, Eat It on LunchNYC.

Our part starts at 6:40. Check it out!

Greenmarket recipe contest

Calling all home cooks! Online recipe website Epicurious is hosting a Greenmarket-inspired recipe contest. Turn in your best market recipe (from any time of year) and you could win $1,000 and have your recipe posted on the GrowNYC website!

Go to the contest webpage.

Holiday Greenmarket & Textile Collection Schedule

The week of Thanksgiving, all Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday markets will be open. Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26, all markets will be closed. Markets will resume their normal schedules on Saturday, November 27.

Some markets have rescheduled their Thursday and Friday dates; details below:

Manhattan

175th Street: Closed Thursday 11/25
97th Street: Open Wednesday, 11/24 + accepting textiles, Closed Friday 11/26,
Bowling Green: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Thursday, 11/25
City Hall: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Friday, 11/26
Columbia: Open Tuesday, 11/23, Closed Thursday, 11/25
Port Authority: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Thursday, 11/25
Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal: Closed Friday 11/26
Tucker Square: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Thursday, 11/25
World Financial Center Battery Park City: Closed Thursday, 11/25

Brooklyn

Boro Park: Closed Thursday, 11/25
Brooklyn Boro Hall: Closed Thursday, 11/25
Grand Army Plaza: Open Wednesday, 11/24 (no textile collection)
Williamsburg: Open Wednesday, 11/24, Closed Thursday, 11/25,

Pages