GrowNYC's Garden Program

Founded in 1975, GrowNYC's garden program builds and supports community gardens and urban farms throughout the five boroughs.

GrowNYC has built more than 100 new gardens, including Green Thumb community gardens; gardens in public housing developments, daycares, and senior centers; and our urban farm on Governors Island. We build about 10 new gardens a year and do renovation projects at an additional 25.

We've built more than 100 rainwater harvesting systems at community gardens and schools, helping gardeners grow more food, conserve water, and reduce the pressure on New York City's sewer system. We also build and run workshops on bioswales, rain gardens, and other green infrastructure elements.

We run a 1-acre urban farm on Governors Island, offering field trips to NYC schools and summer camps and opening our doors to the public on weekends. We work with more than 5,000 children a year, giving them the opportunity to plant, water, harvest, and cook the garden's wide array of fruits and vegetables.

Grow to Learn is the citywide school gardens initiative for New York City and is a partnership of GrowNYC, the NYC Parks Department’s Green Thumb division, and the Department of Education’s Office of School Food.

Grow to Learn provides ongoing resources, technical assistance, and training to support gardens in NYC schools.  This includes mini-grants, trainings, plant give-a-ways, curriculum assistance, and more.

When inclement weather in the city or in the greater region affects markets, this blog post will be information central for up-to-the-minute schedule changes. 


  • 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.