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 week, we are honoring Marian Heiskell and her contributions to GrowNYC and its Gardens Program.

  • 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.