GrowNYC's Garden Program

GrowNYC’s garden program began in 1975, spearheaded by legendary gardener Liz Christy, turning vacant lots into green oases. We build and sustain community gardens, urban farms, school gardens, and rainwater harvesting systems across New York City. To date, GrowNYC has built 100 gardens, and we support hundreds more through renovations, green infrastructure projects, technical assistance, volunteer days, an annual plant sale, and much more.


I want a garden in my neighborhood

  • Email us with your specific questions and we will do what we can to help

I want to spruce up my garden

I want a garden at my school

  • Grow to Learn, our program for all our school gardening services, including mini-grants, trainings, plant give-a-ways, curriculum and more.
  • Learn more about field trips for children (and adults on weekends!) to our Governors Island Teaching Garden

I want to visit a garden

  • Find a garden GrowNYC has grown near you
  • Go to OASIS to see all of the community gardens in NYC

I want to support a garden


How sweet it is during corn season. Farmer Kevin Smith of Sycamore Farms shares his experience as a multi-generation corn farmer. 

  • Greenmarket

    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.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    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.