GreenThumb, the community gardening program of NYC Parks, has been supporting community gardens and farms across New York City since 1978 with technical assistance, workshops, programming and material support. Currently supporting over 550 community gardens and 20,000 volunteer community gardeners, GreenThumb is ready to help you with your community-focused urban agriculture project.
Farms at NYCHA is part of Building Healthy Communities, a city-wide partnership designed to improve health outcomes in 12 neighborhoods in New York City. Through the initiative, young public housing residents are building and maintaining farms on public housing properties across the city to serve fellow residents, with local partners. The Farms expand healthy food access, provide youth workforce and leadership development, and promote sustainable and connected public housing communities
The NYC Office of the Director of Food Policy works to advance the City’s efforts to increase food security, promote access to and awareness of healthy food, and support economic opportunities and environmental sustainability in the food system.
Grow to Learn is New York City’s multi-stakeholder school garden initiative to provide opportunities for public school students to get their hands into the soil – and learn and grow. There are now more than 725 school gardens registered with the program.
One third of what New Yorkers throw away is yard waste and food scraps, also known as organics. The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) now provides organics collection services to help reduce waste and create soil or renewable energy. Learn more about the organics collection program from the DSNY Food Scraps and Yard Waste webpage.