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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).