GrowNYC Teaching Garden at Governors Island

About the GrowNYC Teaching Garden

The GrowNYC Teaching Garden at Governors Island is a one acre urban farm that aims to engage, excite, and educate its visitors in all aspects of urban farming.

GrowNYC offers field trips at the Teaching Garden to NYC students and summer camp participants, giving kids the opportunity to plant, water, harvest, and cook the garden's wide array of vegetables, herbs, and fruits. Info on registering for field trips is below.

In addition to scheduled school visits, the garden is open to the public on weekends between May 1st and October 31st. The garden is open from 12 to 4pm on weekends during that time. GrowNYC's weekend public programming includes tours, garden and nutrition related workshops, and more. 

Vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown in the Teaching Garden are donated to a food pantry that distributes fresh food in Brownsville and East New York.  Over the past 2 years, we've donated over 25,000 lbs of produce and have been profiled in the NY Times.

The GrowNYC Teaching Garden at Governors Island features over 20 vegetable beds made from recycled plastic lumber, farm-style rows, an aquaponics system, an outdoor kitchen, a greenhouse, a high tunnel hoophouse, fruit trees, several rainwater harvesting systems, a rain garden, and much much more.  Come and see us!

Learn more below or see our Frequently Asked Questions! If you can't find what you are looking for on this page, email asantistevan@grownyc.org.

 

GrowNYC's Governors Island Teaching Garden Overview

 

Field Trips

2022 Garden Education Programming

Programming:

Field trips to GrowNYC's Teaching Garden feature hands-on age-appropriate environmental education programming for students k-12 of all abilities! Classes must be approximately larger than 10 students and smaller than 30 students (some exceptions apply). If your group is larger than 30 students still contact us as we may be able to work with your group in shifts. Registration information for the 2022 season is below. 

Programming will last approximately one hour and students will shift through multiple stations in the garden where they will get a chance to see the farm, taste some seasonal fruits, veggies, or herbs, and participate in hands-on activities like planting, watering, worm exploration, compost sifting, scavenger hunts, or creating seed balls. 

Feel free to stay longer on the Island and take advantage of our Island activities (at the bottom of the Policies and Program Information page - Planning your Trip to Governors Island). For questions or concerns email asantistevan@grownyc.org or call 646-740-1365.

Registration:

Please read our Policies and Program Information before registering for a trip!

Field trip registration is online, through Explorable Places. We prioritize schools with the highest economic need per the DOE economic need index (ENI). If you believe your school falls into that category, you may register during the early registration period. Field trips will take place during the dates below and registration will open for each season on the following dates:

2022 Spring Field Trips: April 5th - June 22nd (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

  • Registration for schools that serve a higher economic need population opens Tuesday, February 8th. 

  • Registration for all other schools opens Tuesday, February 22nd. 

2022 Summer Field Trips: June 28th - August 31st (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

  • Registration for schools that serve a higher economic need population opens Tuesday, May 3rd. 

  • Registration for all other schools opens Tuesday, May 17th.

2022 Fall Field Trips: September 6th - November 16th (Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

  • Registration for schools that serve a higher economic need population opens Tuesday, July 12th

  • Registration for all other schools opens Tuesday, July 26th. 

Register for a trip here! If there are no available dates on the registration site we have hit capacity for our trips and you can join our wait-list (on the same site) to be notified of an opening during the dates and times you select. 

Virtual Field Trip

Cant visit the farm in person, check out our virtual field trips here!

You can also follow us digitally at https://www.grownyc.org/virtualfarm

 

GrowNYC is happy to announce a free training available to nonprofit organizations and community groups interested in operating a food box or farm stand in their neighborhood. Attend our Information Session on January 10 to learn more. 

  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites, coupled with GrowNYC Wholesale, ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Zero Waste

    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 gardens and urban farms 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.