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.

Visit Grow to Learn at to apply for a mini-grant to start your own school garden, find educational resources, how-to gardening guides, and inspirational stories!


Our Partnership With Green Beetz

Grow to Learn is currently partnering with Green Beetz to deliver the organization's 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 connects the garden to your classroom.
Over the course of the 2015-2016 school-year Grow to Learn implemented the Green Beetz curriculum into 8 New York City public schools reaching nearly 300 fifth graders.  Green Beetz’ innovative, holistic curriculum incorporates media and inquiry-based activities, inviting students to consider how food impacts the environment, their bodies and the world around them. During the 2016-2017 school year, Grow to Learn will support teachers to implement Green Beetz's health-based curriculum and expand into the middle school setting, doubling our reach.

This year, why not make some resolutions you can actually stick to? Here are some of what we'll be doing to improve ourselves, our city and our environment in 2017.

  • 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.