GrowNYC's Garden Program

Founded by Liz Christy in 1975, GrowNYC's garden program builds and sustains community gardens, urban farms, school gardens, and rainwater harvesting systems across New York City. To date, GrowNYC has built more than 100 gardens, and we support hundreds more through renovations, green infrastructure projects, technical assistance, volunteer days, an annual plant sale, and much more.

Grow to Learn is GrowNYC's citywide school garden initiative that was established in partnership with The Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC in 2010.  Working alongside partners from NYC Parks Department’s Green Thumb division and the Department of Education’s Office of School Food, Grow to Learn inspires, facilitates and promotes the creation of a sustainable school garden in each and every public school across New York City.

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


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  • 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.

  • Teach

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.