2020 GrowNYC Corporate Volunteer Projects

Volunteers are of great use to the garden program at GrowNYC.  Below are several projects that we've committed to tackling in 2015 an 2016 - they include opportunities all across the city, including the outer boroughs: we understand that most volunteer groups will be coming from Manhattan, but encourage you to explore all of our projects.

An average volunteer day includes: planting flowers, herbs, and vegetables; building garden infrastructure like raised beds, picnic tables, and benches; spreading spread, mulch, or compost; and/or painting garden signs. We typically have 3 or 4 different activities going on to give everyone a chance to pick something that suits them. GrowNYC will provide all tools and supplies - all you guys need to do is show up!

Quick links:
Governors Island
East New York & Brownsville Gardens
A New Garden in the South Bronx

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with GrowNYC! 

For an example of a completed volunteer project, take a look at this photo gallery of volunteers at United We Stand Community Garden in the Bronx and this New York Times article profiling the garden after construction was complete.


New Gardens in Manhattan, Brooklyn, & the Bronx

The Parks Department has given us the go-ahead to build several new gardens across the city - some on newly transferred vacant lots and some to replace old gardens.  Each garden project will need a variety of work, including spreading mulch, building new garden beds, picnic tables, and benches, filling the beds with soil - and, later in the year, planting!


Leave it Better Garden
1974 Grand Avenue Bronx, NY [map]
10,000 square feet - can fit up to 40 people
A great neighborhood community needs a facelift, with new garden beds, a fresh load of topsoil/compost, new seating, etc. Garden is ~3 blocks from the  4  train.

St. Augustine Presbyterian Church
1013 Prospect Avenue, Bronx NY [map]
5,000 square feet - can fit up to 50 people
A Bronx church used to have a garden maintained by its members, but it's been abandoned.  We want to bring it back by building garden beds, adding new soil, tons of plants, and more.  


Amboy Street Garden (Brownsville)
208 Amboy Street, Brooklyn NY [map]
15,000 square feet - can fit up to 100 people
A 40+ year old community garden in Brownsville needs a facelift, including new garden beds, pathways, seating, and more.

Hart to Hart Garden (Bedford-Stuyvesant)
108 Hart Street, Brooklyn NY  [map
13,000 square feet - can fit up to 100 people
A large and very successful garden needs a total renovation, including building lots of new beds, picnic tables, benches, etc.

McCarren Park Demonstration Garden (Williamsburg/Greenpoint)
457 Leonard Street, Brooklyn NY  [map
6,000 square feet - can fit up to 100 people
A large, conveniently located site where we can use help with building and art projects, starting in May.

Powers Street Garden (Williamsburg/Bushwick)
278 Powers Street, Brooklyn NY  [map
4,800 square feet - can fit up to 50 people
From February to the end of April, we're completely renovating this community garden - building new garden beds, installing new pathways, building picnic tables and benches, and lots more.



Moore-Jackson Cemetery (Woodside)
31-61 51st Street, Woodside, NY [map]
20,000 sq ft - can fit up to 100 people
A cemetery?!  Moore-Jackson Cemetery is a historic landmarked site on which a farmhouse and a small cemetery were once located (its last year of activity as a cemetery was 1868).  Setting aside the historic cemetery that exists on 1/4 of the space, we're turning the old farmhouse space into a new community garden.  The site is perfectly blank now, so there's plenty of work to do weeding, building garden beds, spreading mulch, and planting!  



Governors Island Teaching Garden
The Governors Island Ferry leaves from 10 South Street in downtown Manhattan [map]
25,000 sq ft - can fit up to 400 people

A 21,000 square foot urban farm that is open to the public during the Island's open season.  GrowNYC also programs the learning garden all year long, offering free programming to public schools and summer camp groups.

Volunteering groups can generally take on several activities, building (garden beds), farm maintenance (harvesting and/or watering), and art projects.

We can generally work with volunteers at our farm on Governors Island during the following times:

Mondays and Fridays: anytime between 9am and 5pm
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays: from 2pm to 5pm (though exceptions can be made for large groups)

 GrowNYC staff will meet your team at the Manhattan ferry terminal, take the boat with you (5 minutes), and walk your team over to our farm site (10 minutes).




Sign Painting + Seed Packeting at Union Square Greenmarket and Project Farmhouse

Not available from October-December

For groups of less than 50, GrowNYC can also offer the option of organizing a sign painting activity or a seed packeting activity at our flagship Union Square Greenmarket or inside our nearby Project Farmhouse event space on 13th Street.

Weather-permitting, volunteers can begin the day with a tour of Union Square Greenmarket, learning about local food, regional producers, the history of the market.  

GrowNYC is happy to announce our Spring 2020 Fresh Food Box Training for nonprofit organizations interested in operating their own Fresh Food Box wholesale buying club.

  • 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.