Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.
Partnering with GrowNYC is a great way to be part of the community where staff and clients live and work. With your support, we are able to operate Greenmarkets, grow community and school gardens, help New Yorkers recycle as much as possible and teach our young people about environmental issues.
Benefits to your company could include branding on our Grow Truck, promotions at Greenmarkets, listing in our print and online annual report, visibility at one of our special events, and highlights on our website, e-newsletters, social media outlet, staff volunteer work days, press opportunities and more.
Make a contribution on behalf of your company of any amount to support our mission or make it issue-specific, e.g. education, recycling, farming, food, gardens. This is one of the simplest ways to give. We leave it up to you to decide how you can best support our work!
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Governors Island Learning Garden
GrowNYC is thrilled to break ground on a multi-use, all ages, large-scale education and demonstration garden space for garden-based educational programming—from sensory gardens to rolling compost to food demos—for 2,000 school students. Thousands of weekend visitors will also experience the garden in varying degrees. Naming opportunities may be available.
Greenmarket Bucks and Field Trips
Greenmarket Youth Education provides school tours for grades K-12 at weekday farmers markets when school is in session and the weather is mild. In 2013,we provided 6,000 young people with the opportunity to taste seasonal produce, talk with farmers, learn about where their food comes from and spend Greenmarket Bucks on healthy food to take home. We will brand Greenmarket Bucks with your logo on them and can distrubte a branded tote bag filled with recipes and activity booklets. Click here for more info.
School Garden Mini-Grants
Each year GrowNYC distributes mini-grants to at least 75 NYC schools to start learning gardens or expand existing ones. Gardens grow in all five boroughs, with an emphasis on helping communities facing high rates of diet-related diseases. Your support helps thousands of children get outside, learn where their food comes from, learn in non-traditional ways and get active. Your logo will receive prominent placement on www.growtolearn.org and will be featured in all school garden newsletters as well as a headline article in one.
Grow Truck Sponsorship
Grow Truck travels the five boroughs, loaning tools, and providing plants, plant materials, garden furniture and technical expertise to greening groups that are working to keep our urban environment clean and green. Grow Truck serves 150 neighborhood projects every year, giving volunteers and organizations without gardening budgets an opportunity to green the neighborhoods that need it the most. For that entire year, your company's name and logo are emblazoned on Grow Truck, helping actually green our city, one garden at a time.
Financially sponsoring a GrowNYC special event is a great visibility opportunity for your company, and events themselves offer a unique opportunity to entertain clients. 1,000,000 New Yorkers participated in last year’s Big Apple Crunch, hundreds attend our special Night Markets and 250 guests gather for our annual gala, with invitations sent to between 3,000 – 6,000 supporters and friends. GrowNYC events include:
Big Apple Crunch: a citywide celebration of Food Day (October 24), held at Greenmarkets, businesses, schools, nonprofits and other venues throughout the city. Goal: get as many New Yorkers as possible to bite into an apple.
Night Markets: New Yorkers love our Greenmarkets. Join us on select summer nights when we invite in chefs serving seasonal dishes, sell Brooklyn Brewery's Greenmarket Wheat Beer and offer live entertainment.
Annual Plant Sale: Every spring 500 greening groups - community gardens, block associations, churches and public housing groups – place orders for highly affordable plants at wholesale rates/quantities to get greening projects started for the spring. A great opportunity to send a positive message and support a great event. There’s also an opportunity for a corporate volunteer day.
Thaw: Each February we get a jump-start on spring at Thaw, and bring together our friends and generous donors (anyone who contributes $250 and up gets a complimentary ticket). This event is promoted to an audience of 35,000 and is attended by many GrowNYC donors.
Event sponsorship opportunities begin at $5,000.
There are a variety of ways to support GrowNYC in your office. Many companies have implemented workplace giving campaigns where employees can choose the non profit organizations they want to support.
Your company may also have a matching gift program, through which they have pledged to double or triple any employee's donation to GrowNYC.
Fundraisers in the office, at corporate parties, and other events are another easy way to support green. You make a donation in lieu of holiday gifts to vendors, holiday parties, or retreats, or hold a fun dress up or dress down day in exchange for contributions.
We are always happy to provide your company with materials or to come to your event to explain our work!
GrowNYC works with corporate groups of any size on outdoor volunteer projects across New York City. Volunteers from your company can plant and clean up community and school gardens, organize and run cultural events, plant trees, or provide recycling outreach and assistance at major events and street fairs. Our volunteer opportunities are designed to be team building activities that are fun, lively, and get your hands a little dirty.
GrowNYC also forms partnerships with organizations that want to come back to a site several times a year, giving the volunteers a sense of investment and involvement in the community, and allowing us to take on major renovation projects.
Contact us to inquire about a corporate volunteer day or call (212) 788-7935.
GrowNYC welcomes donations of products or services that help us allocate more funds toward our mission to create a healthier, more sustainable NYC. We often need: outdoor kitchen equipment, printing and mail services, photography, and outdoor gear for our staff working in community gardens and out at Greenmarket.
If you are interested in any (or all!) of the above opportunities, email Ishi Sahni at firstname.lastname@example.org..