GrowNYC Green Space

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

GrowNYC has built more than 150 new gardens, including GreenThumb community gardens; gardens in public housing developments, churches, daycares, senior centers, and our one acre urban farm on Governors Island, the GrowNYC Teaching Garden. We build about 10 new gardens a year and do renovation projects at an additional 25. The 150+ gardens that we've built total more than 1 million square feet of green space throughout New York City.

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.  Annually, these RWH systems divert more than 1 million gallons of water from NYC'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.

GrowNYC School Gardens 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.

GrowNYC School Gardens 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. Learn more

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  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets and Farmstands, 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.