Grow to Learn NYC: the Citywide School Gardens Initiative

Grow to Learn NYC, the Citywide School Gardens Initiative, was established in 2010 as a public-private partnership between GrowNYC, the Mayors Fund to Advance New York City, and several government agency partners, with a mission to inspire, promote and facilitate the creation of sustainable gardens in public schools throughout New York City.

Grow to Learn serves as a one-stop shop for school gardens activities across the city and we collaborate with government agencies, non-profits, private corporations, teachers, schools, parents, kids and individuals who impact or want to support public school gardens.

Grow to Learn offers:

  • Mini grant funding to start or expand school gardens
  • Technical garden assistance
  • Workshops and educational opportunities for school gardeners
  • A network of 745+ school gardens in all five boroughs

Visit our website to learn more!


Our Partnership With Green Beetz

Grow to Learn has partnered with Green Beetz since 2015 to deliver their holistic food-based curriculum to 5th & 6th graders city-wide.  Green Beetz is a non-profit organization with the mission to empower elementary and middle schoolers to navigate the complex issues surrounding food in the 21st century.  Participating schools receive a robust 21-lesson, common core aligned nutrition and STEM based curriculum that helps connects their school garden to their classroom. In the 2017-2018 school year Green Beetz reached over 1700 students in 24 schools across New York City through Grow to Learn. 

This spring, GrowNYC's garden program has been busy doing what we do best: building new gardens! 

We've started work on 5 new community gardens in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.

  • 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.