Governors Island Teaching Garden

GrowNYC's Governors Island Teaching Garden is an 8,000 square foot urban farm that aims to engage, excite, and educate its visitors in all aspects of urban farming.

GrowNYC staff give free tours of the teaching garden to NYC schoolchildren and summer camp participants, giving kids the opportunity to plant, water, harvest, and cook the garden's wide array of vegetables, herbs, and fruits.  Info on registering for tours is below.

In addition to scheduled school visits, the garden is open to the public during the larger Governors Island open season - in 2015, May 24th to September 28th. GrowNYC's weekend public programming includes tours, pick-your-own activities, garden and nutrition related workshops, and more.

Governors Island Teaching Garden features over 20 vegetable beds made from recycled plastic lumber, an outdoor kitchen, a large solar oven, a high tunnel greenhouse, fruit trees, a gourd tunnel, several rainwater harvesting systems, a rain garden, and much much more.  Come and see us!

Schedule a School Visit

Our Spring 2016 season will begin mid-April. Registration will open February 10, 2016. Please visit us then to fill out a field trip request form.  

If you are interested in receiving information about upcoming field trip, workshop, or volunteer opportunities, please fill out the Governors Island Teaching Garden Survey.

Inclement weather in the city or in the greater region does affect markets;  markets may close early, or snow-bound farmers may not be able to make it into the city.

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