2024 GrowNYC Corporate Volunteer Projects

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with GrowNYC! We offer numerous employee volunteer opportunities:

  • Garden builds
  • Seed packing (indoor at your site)
  • Virtual grant reading

GrowNYC also offers engaging educational workshops and presentations that can be done both in-house (your site) or virtually. Click here for more information.

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.

GARDEN BUILDS

FOR VOLUNTEER GROUPS SIZE 15 and ABOVE (for smaller sizes, see Gardens at NYCHA below)

Bronx

Stevenson High School (Castle Hill)
1980 Lafayette Ave [map
65,000 square feet - can fit up to 250 people
A large 1.5 acre orchard connected to a High School in the Bronx. Site was very successful but fell into overgrowth and disrepair starting in 2020, and they need a hand rejuvenating the site. A super exciting project that will require lots of weeding, pruning, and cleanup, and is great for a big group.

(See Castle Hill and Pelham Parkway opportunity below)

Brooklyn

McCarren Park Demonstration Garden (Williamsburg/Greenpoint)
457 Leonard Street [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, which includes building garden beds and benches, and decorating produce bags. A 2020 update on what we're up to at this garden and here are current photos of the garden space.

(See Bushwick opportunity below)

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!

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 200 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.

Volunteers generally help us with farm maintenance like planting, harvesting, watering, weeding, and preparing food for donations, as well as building and art projects.

Governors scheduling: We hold volunteer days at Governors, primarily, on:

  • Tuesdays from 1:30pm to 4pm
  • Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4pm
  • Thursdays anytime
  • Fridays anytime

The site is very popular for volunteers - we have a minimum group size of 25 but most volunteer groups are around 50-60 people.

Photo album of the farm

GARDENS at NYCHA

Growing Food. Growing People. Growing Community! Gardens at NYCHA provides technical assistance, educational workshops, and green skills training to some of NYC's most underrepresented communities, residents of New York City Housing Authority. Advocating a  “Community First” approach, Gardens at NYCHA leads with a popular education and hands-on training model that fosters environmentally responsible stewards city-wide.

FOR VOLUNTEER GROUPS SIZE 5 - 15 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Brooklyn

Bushwick Houses (map)

The Bushwick Community Garden encompasses both the Bushwick Houses and the Hylan Senior Center. It is regaled as a herb, flower, and healing garden for seniors and community members.

Bronx

Castle Hill (map)

The Roxanne Reid Memorial Garden is dedicated to the late Tenant Association President and stronghold for the Castle Hill Community, Roxanne Reid. It was a pleasure to bring her dream to life. Currently, the garden is open and available for the entire community.

Pelham Parkway (map)

The Pelham Parkway Community Garden is growing a host of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs for the Pelham Parkway residents to water, beautify and learn about urban agriculture.

SEED PACKING

FOR VOLUNTEER GROUPS SIZE UP TO 50 (larger can also be arranged)

This is an INDOOR EVENT where we come to you.

GrowNYC supports school and community gardens across the city by buying seeds in bulk and repackaging them, with your help, for distribution. This is a great opportunity to host a volunteer event at your site, learn about seeds and their vital role in gardening, and support gardens across the city.

GRANT READING FOR COMMUNITY GARDENS (VIRTUAL)

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 within 4-6 months!

GrowNYC's has built more than 160 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.

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.  

As the expiration date of the Farm Bill looms on September 30th, it's crucial to understand the importance of this legislation, particularly its role in authorizing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). For 1.8 million New Yorkers, SNAP is not just a program—it’s a lifeline that ensures families have access to healthy food and nutritious meals.

SNAP in New York City: The Numbers