All People's Garden

293-295 East 3rd Street
East Village, Manhattan
Founded in 1978

This garden was created in 1978 by former VISTA volunteer Olean For in an effort to unite her block against heavy drug trafficking in her neighborhood. Olean turned around the lives of many youth with her Boys and Girls club.

All People's Garden was GrowNYC's first Plant-A-Lot (PAL) site to open in 1979 with Liz Christy and Mayor Ed Koch planting a ceremonial rose bush to grow over the garden gate. GrowNYC completed a major garden renovation in 2003, restoring the stage-seating area, open plaza, bbq patio, tool shed, and pathways with new brick pavers. A new mural and gazebo were also added.
 



At GrowNYC, there’s no stopping when it comes to swapping!  We reduce NYC’s waste by helping New Yorkers reuse perfectly good items at community swap events made possible by dedicated staff, our passionate volunteers, and diverse community partners. 

  • 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.