Via Verde Rooftop Garden

Brook Ave and E 156th Street [map]
Melrose, Bronx
Founded: 2012

GrowNYC is proud to collaborate on Via Verde, a modern affordable housing project in the South Bronx, by creating a rooftop farm for residents to use and enjoy. In its first season of production, the 5,000 square foot communal garden featured an assortment of organic, heirloom herbs, vegetables and edible flowers, 1,000 lbs of which were collected and distributed to Via Verde Garden Club members, an elementary school in nearby Mott Haven, and a food pantry in Brownsville.

GrowNYC helped tenants form the Garden Club and is providing ongoing programming for two years. Garden members participate in monthly workshops in the community room, equipped with a full kitchen, allowing participants to engage in a variety of food preparation/ tasting demonstrations along with easy recipes giveaways.

On this day 50 years ago, 20 million people across the country joined together to fight for a better future for our environment in what became the first Earth Day. The Council on the Environment of New York City (CENYC), now GrowNYC, was born out of the spirit of that day in 1970. 

  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Conservation

    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 & 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.