100 Gardens - Marian Heiskell, GrowNYC's "Living Landmark"

September 19, 2017
Marian S. Heiskell (center holding bouquet), along with parents, students, and representatives of the Salvation Army, GrowNYC and the Midtown West School.

       

Marian S. Heiskell Garden, 315 West 48th Street, completed in 1997.

 

It’s been almost 50 years since Marian Heiskell accepted Mayor Lindsay’s nomination to become Chair of GrowNYC! A forward-thinking conservationist who didn’t believe “urban environment” was an oxymoron but an opportunity, she worked tirelessly to convince fellow New Yorkers of the same. Since that time, Marian has made countless efforts to preserve New York’s green space, earning the honor of the title “Living Landmark” and a park named after her! Today she serves as Honorary Chairman on the board of GrowNYC.

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This fall GrowNYC will build its 100th community garden. To celebrate, we are sharing stories from GrowNYC gardening history! 

But these stories are far from over

You can help ensure that all New Yorkers have access to green space by making a donation today to GrowNYC's New Garden Fund.

100 Gardens - Thank you to Richard Abrons

September 12, 2017

Richard Abrons, Liz Christy, and former Mayor Ed Koch (holding a zucchini) at a Plant-A-Lot Garden opening in the early 1981.

Richard Abrons has been one of GrowNYC’s gardens’ greatest supporters.

In 1978, Richard and Liz Christy founded Plant-A-Lot (PAL), a material and technical resource for underserved neighborhoods where volunteers devoted years of sweat equity to convert vacant lots into community gardens. Richard and Liz partnered on 17 projects before Liz passed away in 1989.

PAL is active today and leveraged millions of dollars of private funding for many of the community gardens and park playgrounds known as Lots-for-Tots throughout the five boroughs. A New York City treasure, Richard is a generous philanthropist, serves on the board of GrowNYC, and is also an author and playwright! Thank you, Richard!

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This fall GrowNYC will build its 100th community garden. To celebrate, we are sharing stories from GrowNYC gardening history! We are so honored to have Liz Christy as part of our story.

But these stories are far from over

You can help ensure that all New Yorkers have access to green space by making a donation today to GrowNYC's New Garden Fund.

 

Announcing the Third Annual JetBlue BlueBud Mentoring Program

September 4, 2017
Posted in GrowNYC

Announcing the Third Annual JetBlue BlueBud Mentoring Program

JetBlue is partnering with GrowNYC for the selection process to connect with food and beverage businesses focused on sustainable sourcing and social responsibility. The company selected for this year’s BlueBud mentoring program will participate in a mentorship initiative that includes:

  • Access to JetBlue teams including Strategic Sourcing, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability, Communications and Marketing, Brand and Onboard Product
  • A trip to JetBlue’s orientation in Orlando to understand JetBlue’s culture and values
  • A speaker and taste-testing event opportunity for JetBlue crewmembers at the airline’s Queens, NY Support Center
  • Travel certificates for travel to and from New York City for sessions with relevant JetBlue leaders and business partners
  • A tour of JetBlue’s Long Island City, NY Support Center, JetBlue’s home terminal – T5 at JFK Airport, and an airline catering station to understand how food gets onboard

Applications are now open: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/bluebud2017

Previous winners were The Bronx Hot Sauce and Hot Bread Kitchen. Full information on the opportunity can be found on the JetBlue website: http://www.mediaroom.jetblue.com/investor-relations/press-releases/2017/07-27-2017-201536570

 

100 Gardens - Celebrating Liz Christy

August 29, 2017
Posted in Community Gardens

This week, we are highlighting the amazing contributions of Liz Christy. Liz Christy was a fierce advocate for neighborhood revitalization through community gardening her entire life. She founded the Gardens program at GrowNYC (formerly the Council on the Environment), where she worked from 1975-1984.

In addition to her work at GrowNYC, Liz founded the Green Guerillas in the 1970s, an urban community garden group that fought urban decay head on by planting seeds anywhere possible - vacant lots, street meridians, abandoned buildings. She helped create the Bowery-Houston Community Farm and Garden (since renamed the Liz Christy Garden) and many other community gardens, and was the first winner of the American Forestry Association's Urban Forestry Award. Liz came to be known as NYC’s “Mother of Gardens.”

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This fall GrowNYC will build its 100th community garden. To celebrate, we are sharing stories from GrowNYC gardening history! We are so honored to have Liz Christy as part of our story.

But these stories are far from over

You can help ensure that all New Yorkers have access to green space by making a donation today to GrowNYC's New Garden Fund.

Greenmarket Holiday Schedule - Labor Day Weekend & High Holidays

August 28, 2017
Posted in Greenmarket

Labor Day Weekend 
Saturday Greenmarkets:
ALL OPEN 
Sunday Greenmarkets: ALL OPEN
Labor Day: Union Square Greenmarket OPEN (Food Scrap Collections: YES / Clothing Collections: NONE)

High Holiday Market Schedule Changes
Thursday, September 21 (Rosh Hashanah): The South Williamsburg and Boro Park Greenmarkets will be rescheduled for Tuesday, September 19
Thursday, October 5 (Sukkot): The South Williamsburg and Boro Park Greenmarkets will be rescheduled for Tuesday, October 3
Thursday, October 12 (Shemini Atzeret): The South Williamsburg and Boro Park Greenmarkets will be rescheduled for Tuesday, October 10
All other Greenmarkets will be open on their regularly scheduled day. 

Find out details about each market at Our Markets.

Help Us Celebrate 100 Gardens!

August 23, 2017

 

  

                                                     All People's Garden, 1979                                                                      Governors Island Teaching Garden, 2017

 

We are thrilled to announce that this fall GrowNYC will build our 100th new community garden!

We opened our first garden, All People’s Garden, in the East Village in 1979. It takes a village: over the years we've worked with community residents, neighborhood associations, corporate volunteers, community partners, and city agencies. In addition to the 100 community gardens GrowNYC has built from the ground up, we’ve also lent our support to hundreds more.

To celebrate this milestone, we will be sharing photos and stories from GrowNYC gardening history every week until the 100th garden opening in October!

Though we have built 100 community gardens since 1975, 43 of those gardens have been built since 2013, thanks in part to a growing recognition of their importance for the health of NYC residents like you!

This story is far from over and WE NEED YOUR HELP TO KEEP THIS INCREDIBLE MOMENTUM GOING!!

Please keep NYC healthy and green by contributing to GrowNYC's New Garden Fund at http://www.grownyc.org/100-gardens.

NY Times covers GrowNYC S. Bronx Garden

August 7, 2017
Posted in Community Gardens

The New York Times recently profiled several Bronx community gardeners as part of an article about immigrant gardeners and their influence on the increasing number of community gardens being built across the City.  

The Bronx gardeners profiled are all from United We Stand Community Garden, a garden GrowNYC rebuilt in 2016.  

Greenmarket Summer Resolutions

July 31, 2017
Posted in Greenmarket

Making New Year’s resolutions is a relatively easy thing to do; keeping them, on the other hand, is not always a piece of cake (especially when you resolved to give up cake). If you’re a little chagrined by your follow-through this year, fret not. You get another chance!

At GrowNYC, we believe in Summer Resolutions. There’s so much inspiration to be found at the Greenmarkets in the dog days of summer. Here are a few of our favorite Summer Resolutions:

  • New Market Adventure: Visit a Greenmarket you’ve never been to before. There are 51 of them throughout NYC. You may just find your favorite new farmer!
  • Take a Chance: Try a new (to you!) vegetable. Maybe it’s a tomatillo, a pattypan squash, or epazote—just something new. You could also experiment with a local grain from the Greenmarket Grainstand that you’ve never cooked with before. (Related hot tip: keep an eye out for naked barley).
  • Gear Up for Winter: Connect with your inner squirrel and prepare for winter. All those beautiful fruits and vegetables at market now can be enjoyed year-round…with a little planning. Here are some tips for freezing, jamming, and pickling
  • Many Greenmarket farmers welcome visitors for wine tastings, apple picking, and tours - head out of town to visit them
  • Fertilizing Fervor: With more and more compost drop-off sites popping up all around the city, now’s the perfect time to make good on that vow to start composing. It’s like nature’s way of recycling, and it feels great.

This list could go on and on--Cook more fish! Make it Locally-Sourced Fish! Consistently Pack a Lunch!--but we’ve got just over 60 days of summer left. We hope you enjoy it!

Project Farmhouse State of Seafood Dinner

June 26, 2017

On June 15th, GrowNYC's Project Farmhouse hosted the first in our Chef Seasonal Dinner Series. It was a seafood soiree, beginning with a double book reading by sustainable fisheries expert and New York Times bestselling author, Paul Greenberg (who read from American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood), and Stephanie Villani, co-owner of Blue Moon Fish, a family operation that catches wild, local fish off the coast of Mattituck, on the North Fork of Long Island, who read an excerpt from her forthcoming cookbook, The Fisherman’s Wife.

This thoroughly informative and entertaining conversation with Paul and Stephanie was later followed by a four-course seated dinner featuring local seafood and shellfish prepared by Bill Telepan of Oceana, Howard Kalachnikoff of Gramercy Tavern, Melissa Rodriguez of Del Posto, Kerry Heffernan of Grand Banks, and Ron Paprocki of Gotham Bar and Grill.

In short, it was epic – as illustrated in this slideshow.

Look out for more info on our next dinner in the series!

Farmhouse Seafood Fundraiser

Photography by Amanda Gentile

GrowNYC Compost Giveaway

June 15, 2017

From June 17th - 24th, GrowNYC Compost Program Participants will receive free compost when they drop off food scraps at participating Greenmarkets and Fresh Food Box locations throughout NYC.

Please see below for the schedule of Compost Giveaway events and refer to the Compost Program Schedule for site-specific hours.

Compost will be available during food scrap drop-off hours at each site while supplies last. Please bring a container to fill with loose compost and take only what you need.

2017 Compost Giveaway Schedule

Saturday, June 17th

  • Bay Ridge Greenmarket
  • Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket
  • Inwood Greenmarket
  • St. George Greenmarket
  • Staten Island Mall Greenmarket

Sunday, June 18th

  • 79th Street Greenmarket
  • Columbia Greenmarket
  • Carroll Gardens Greenmarket
  • Cortelyou Greenmarket
  • Parkside Greenmarket
  • Tompkins Square Greenmarket

Tuesday, June 20th

  • Bowling Green Greenmarket
  • Bronx Borough Hall Greenmarket
  • Fort Washington Greenmarket
  • Lenox Hill Fresh Food Box
  • Poe Park Greenmarket

Wednesday, June 21st

  • BronxWorks Fresh Food Box
  • Dag Hammarskjold Plaza Greenmarket
  • Mount Sinai Greenmarket
  • Tribeca Greenmarket
  • Uptown Grand Central Fresh Food Box

Thursday, June 22nd

  • Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket
  • Columbia University Greenmarket
  • Tucker Square Greenmarket

Friday, June 23rd

  • 97th Street Greenmarket
  • Parkchester Greenmarket

Saturday, June 24th

  • 57th Street Greenmarket
  • 82nd Street Greenmarket
  • Abingdon Square Greenmarket
  • Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket
  • Fort Greene Greenmarket
  • McCarren Park Greenmarket
  • Tribeca Greenmarket
  • Tucker Square Greenmarket

This compost is courtesy of the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY), and is made out of residential food scraps and yard waste from New York City. For more information about getting compost from the DSNY, visit their website.

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