Urban Growing and Gardening

Learn about some ways to get growing in the City

Green Thumb

GreenThumb is the largest community gardening program in the country, with over 500 member gardens and approximately 20,000 volunteer gardeners residents. GreenThumb provides materials and technical assistance to community gardeners throughout all five boroughs. You can join or volunteer at your local community garden. 
 The New York City Housing Authority's Garden and Greening Program provides year-round technical assistance and other resources to thousands of residents across the City's 328 public housing developments. Garden and Greening supports over 700 gardens and three urban farms.   

School Gardens

Grow to Learn is New York City's city-wide school gardens initiative, established in 2010 as a public-private partnership between GrowNYC, the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City, and several government agency partners.  Grow to Learn provides coordination, collaboration and communication with government agencies, non-profits, private corporations, teachers, schools, parents, kids and individuals who impact or want to support public school gardens.
Grow to Learn strives to see that every New York City public school student has the opportunity to get their hands into the soil -- and learn and grow. There are now nearly 800 school gardens registered with Grow to Learn across all five boroughs!

Garden To Café

Garden to Café schools let students grow and harvest food at community gardens. They hold seasonal harvest events in May, June, October, and November. This gives students a unique opportunity to taste what they have grown. Schools receive culinary support from the Garden to Café coordinator as they plan for harvest events. We partner with Grow to Learn NYC to identify possible Garden to Café schools.