2021 GrowNYC Corporate Volunteer Projects

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.

Bronx

Melrose Houses NYCHA Garden
286 E 156th St, Bronx, NY 10451 [map
6,000 square feet - can fit up to 50 people
A public housing development in Morrisania where we'll be building a new community garden for residents and a local community center.  Volunteers will build garden beds, benches, and picnic tables; move soil and compost; and, paint a shed.  

Brooklyn

Bushwick Houses NYCHA Garden
50 Humboldt St, Brooklyn, NY 11206  [map
6,000 square feet - can fit up to 50 people
A public housing development in Bushwick where we'll be building a new community garden for residents and a local senior center.  Volunteers will build garden beds, benches, and picnic tables; move soil and compost; and, paint a shed.  

McCarren Park Demonstration Garden (Williamsburg/Greenpoint)
457 Leonard Street, Brooklyn NY  [map
6,000 square feet - can fit up to 50 people
A large, conveniently located site where we can use help with building and art projects. A 2020 update on what we're up to at this garden and here are current photos of the garden space.

QUEENS

Moore-Jackson Garden (Woodside)
31-61 51st Street, Woodside, NY [map]
20,000 sq ft - can fit up to 75 people
Moore-Jackson Garden 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).  We've turned the majority of this large space into a thriving community garden where volunteers will spread wood chips, build garden infrastructure, and more!

Staten Island

Sandy Ground Historical Society
1538 Woodrow Rd, Staten Island, NY [map]
2,000 sq ft - can fit up to 20 people
Sandy Ground Historical Society is a small museum in central Staten Island that tells the story of the oldest continuously inhabited free black settlement in the United States and their rich history of farming on Staten Island.  We'll be building some garden beds, filling them with soil, and providing the museum with some benches and tables.

Manhattan

Governors Island Teaching Garden
The Governors Island Ferry leaves from 10 South Street in downtown Manhattan [map]
45,000 sq ft - can fit up to 100 people

A one acre foot urban farm dedicated to education that has pivoted to growing food to donate to food pantries over the past year - that work was recently highlighted by the NY Times. The farm features a beautiful view of the downtown Manhattan skyline and is our most popular volunteer location.

Our farm is very large and leaves plenty of room for large groups to safely distance.  Volunteers generally help us with farm maintenance like planting, harvesting, watering, weeding, and preparing food for donations, as well as building projects.

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).

 

VIRTUAL VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

Grant Reading => New Community Gardens

GrowNYC's has built more than 130 community gardens, urban farms, and school gardens throughout the five boroughs, adding more than 1 million square of green space to New York City.  We've also completed hundreds of renovation projects, built green infrastructure elements like rainwater harvesting systems and bioswales, and much more.

Want to help us choose our next batch of projects?  Every spring, we get dozens of worthy submissions from NYC groups interested in having GrowNYC build them a publicly accessible garden.  Help us read those applications and hear about the interesting and unique garden projects New Yorkers are proposing.  You'll read 2-4 applications, submit your feedback in a rubric, and will get kept in the loop as we progress through selecting and building out some new gardens in 2021!

An example before/after:

 

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

Not available from October-December

ABOUT
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.

VOLUNTEER TASKS
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.  

Your locally grown Christmas trees, wreaths, and boughs will stay fresher longer and smell amazing.

  • 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.

  • 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.