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Governors Island Teaching Garden

GrowNYC is excited to announce the opening of a brand new urban farm on Governors Island! Governors Island Teaching Garden was created as a result of the combined efforts of GrowNYC and the Trust for Governors Island, both of whom are delighted to be able to provide this valuable experience to New York City students!

Governors Island Teaching Garden is an 8,000 square foot urban farm that aims to engage, excite, and educate New York City public school and summer camp students in all aspects of urban farming. Through developmentally appropriate, experiential and educational programming, students participate in activities such as planting, watering, weeding, mulching, harvesting, cooking, and caring for chickens.

GrowNYC hopes that by exposing students to a diverse array of nutritious and flavorful foods, and by bringing awareness to urban farming’s environmental benefits, they will be encouraged to make healthy choices for their bodies and for their communities.

In addition to scheduled school visits, the garden will be open to the public during weekends from May 24 through September 28. GrowNYC will provide tours, volunteer opportunities, and activities for children and families.

The garden features over 20 vegetable beds made from recycled plastic lumber, an outdoor kitchen, a gourd tunnel, fruit trees, a bean teepee, and so much more!  

Visiting the Garden

GrowNYC is excited to announce that scheduling is now open for the fall season at Governors Island Teaching Garden! Trips are open to public and charter schools only.

Trips are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays September 22nd through November 5th. Groups are limited to 40 students. One school may schedule up to two trips, space permitting. The trip lasts 1-1.5 hours. Please keep in mind that travel to Governors Island requires a ferry ride that departs every hour on the hour from 10 South Street in Manhattan.

If you are interested in scheduling a field trip, please fill out the field trip request form. Due to the high demand of field trips, a spot is not guaranteed.

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