Greetings from the Chairman of the Board

Dear New Yorker,

Thank you for your interest in GrowNYC!

Because of the involvement of people like you, GrowNYC has played a pivotal role in helping New York City transform over the past five decades into one of the most livable cities in the world.

Since our founding in 1970, we have grown to be the largest and most established environmental organization in NYC, providing education, information, programs and other resources to make it easier for New Yorkers to flourish.

GrowNYC helps 3 million New Yorkers annually by providing essential services—access to locally grown food, community and school gardens, recycling and waste reduction tools, and more—that enable healthy and sustainable living.

As a non-profit organization that you can trust, our work is only possible because of generous contributors, volunteers and sponsors. Donate today to help this work continue.

Click the links to learn more about our main program areas: Food and Farming, Green Spaces, Waste Reduction and Environmental Education.

Click here to sign up for our newsletters so you can stay informed of free resources, events and farmers’ markets near you.

And feel free to drop me a line at

Let’s GrowNYC Together!

Robert J. Kafin

In a moment where New Yorkers have turned to parks and gardening to ease the mental and emotional strain the Covid-19 pandemic has taken on residents, when the need for education surrounding nutrition and health couldn’t be more critical, the same nonprofits that make green space and nutrition education possible are in danger of going under, while vital city agencies like the New York City Parks Department’s GreenThumb program are facing severe budget cuts.

  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Conservation

    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

  • Green Space

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.