Individual Volunteering

GrowNYC has many opportunities for individuals to dig in and improve New York City's environment block by block and community by community. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older and attend an orientation before volunteering. Orientations are held monthly and there are separate orientations for GrowNYC's Greenmarket and Zero Waste (recycling) programs. You are required to attend an orientation in order volunteer with each respective program.

Greenmarket volunteers help with at-market promotions like cooking demonstrations, farmer support, and community outreach; Fresh Food Box distribution; Youthmarket cooking demos and more! 

Recycling volunteers help keep food waste out of landfills, facilitate community reuse events, conduct interactive recycling demonstrations, and more.

Are you a corporate group interested in volunteering? Get more info.

How to Volunteer

It takes just three easy steps to start volunteering with GrowNYC:

1. Create a volunteer profile (below).
2. View and sign up for an upcoming orientation.
3. Sign up for Greenmarket or Recycling events via our volunteer portal. 

Already have a GrowNYC volunteer profile? Click here to log in.




​During National Latinx Heritage Month in the United States we recognize the contributions of Latinx and Hispanic Americans to the country's history, heritage, and culture. Learn more from GrowNYC's FARMroots Beginning Farmer Program Manager, Gabriela Pereyra. 

  • 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.

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.