Via Verde Rooftop Garden

Brook Ave and E 156th Street 
Melrose, Bronx
Founded in 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.


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  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites, coupled with GrowNYC Wholesale, ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Zero Waste

    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 gardens and urban farms 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.