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100 Community Gardens!


New York State Greenmarket Regional Food Hub


Essential Services for a Sustainable City




2017 at a Glance






Thank You to our Generous Donors



Board & Staff


GrowNYC Finances


Project Farmhouse



Ways to Get Involved


We help you make New York City the most sustainable and livable city in the world.

GrowNYC is a resource for any New Yorker who wants

Buying local at the Greenmarket. Starting a new garden.

to create a healthier city, for themselves, for their

Dropping food scraps for composting. Actions that help

neighbors, and for the next generation. Some three

New Yorkers and our great city to thrive.

million residents each year participate in our programs.

We also make sure our programs reach those who

We pair education and opportunity so New Yorkers can

need them most, be it community gardens in the South

learn about environmental actions that help lessen our

Bronx, food access programs in Central Brooklyn and

negative impact on an already overburdened planet––

East Harlem, or hands-on education for children with

and then take advantage of all that GrowNYC offers to

little or no access to green space. And that’s just

make sustainable choices.

scratching the surface.

Volunteer. Use our Resources. Participate in our Programs. Make a donation!

Our vision is to weave sustainability into every component of city life so that environmental stewardship is second nature. More healthy food, more green space, cleaner air and water—a better city for everyone.

is here for you.  



1979 All People’s Garden, on East 3rd Street on the Lower East Side, is the first community garden built by GrowNYC. GrowNYC Garden Program founder Liz Christy and Mayor Ed Koch hosted the garden’s opening, planting a ceremonial rose bush near the front entrance. GrowNYC returned to the garden in 2003, completing a major renovation to restore the stage and seating areas, while adding a new mural and gazebo.

1987 Progressive Adventure Playland is an 11,000 square foot playground built on Administration for Children’s Services property in BedfordStuyvesant. The site was originally built by GrowNYC’s Lots for Tots program in 1987. After many years of consistent use by the neighboring daycare, GrowNYC worked with Kaboom! to completely rebuild the playground in 2009. New playground equipment was installed, as well as new trees, shrubs, and flowers, and a new children’s garden area.



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1992 El Sitio Feliz is a large 20,000 square foot community garden that includes a playground, an amphitheater, and a large vine-covered pergola. The playground is used daily by children from the Leggett Day Care Center, which is run by Union Settlement. Designated a Great Public Space by the Project for Public Spaces, the garden suffered substantial damage in Hurricane Sandy and was completely rebuilt in 2013.

2017 Jackson Forest Community Garden is a 9,000 square foot space originally built in 1983. After decades of consistent use, construction on the adjacent street and sidewalk caused the entire garden to be demolished and closed for years. GrowNYC rebuilt the space in 2017, building raised beds, picnic tables, garden benches, and installing ornamental plantings throughout.

Celebrating a Milestone: 100 Community Gardens in NYC and Counting!


100! Thanks to your participation, these 100 green spaces give all New Yorkers the chance to grow food, connect with nature, form communities, and so much more. We’re planting gardens in the neighborhoods that need them most—85% of the gardens we’ve built or supported are in low-income communities, including the South Bronx and Central Brooklyn. Now 100 new gardens exist all across NYC—built by GrowNYC with sweat, strength, and optimism as well as partnership from community groups, city agencies, residents, volunteers, and community gardeners. They beautify and strengthen our city.

100 Gardens— we should all be proud! 1 00 G a rd en s !


Taking Local to the Next Level

New York State Greenmarket Regional Food Hub In 2017, GrowNYC’s wholesale distribution program, Greenmarket Co., distributed 2.3 million pounds of food across New York City, with more than 60% going to institutional wholesale buyers and community-based programs that serve low-income and nutritionally at-risk populations, including our own Fresh Food Box and Youthmarket programs. The construction of the NYS Greenmarket Regional Food Hub will allow GrowNYC to meet the surging demand for fresh, local produce from New York City



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food access programs, senior centers, other nonprofits, restaurants, and retailers. What’s Next With the goal of supporting upstate family farms, the Cuomo Administration is providing substantial capital funding for the construction of The New York State Greenmarket Regional Food Hub. Additional funding is being provided by the New York City Council and Federal Economic Development Administration. The Hub is to be built in the Hunts Points Section of the Bronx in partnership with NYC’s Economic Development Corporation. This state-of-the-art local food hub will allow GrowNYC to increase distribution capacity to an estimated 18 million pounds of food per year. The hub will increase access to fresh, regionally-sourced food in high need areas, as well as provide a vastly expanded market for our regional farms, elevating the status of local food in NYC.

The project, which launched in January of 2017, is currently in planning and design phase and is slated to break ground in October of 2018. Benefits: • Stimulate local economies state-wide through the creation of jobs and critical infrastructure for local NYC food businesses. • Embrace the future of food: 99% of agricultural products are purchased through wholesale, not retail. • Set a new standard for sustainability in food distribution. • Work with community partners to increase access to fresh produce in the Bronx, and all across the city. • Expand GrowNYC’s food access programs and wholesale distribution to meet everincreasing demand for fresh, healthy produce.

You Can Support

Essential Services for a Sustainable City

When you donate to GrowNYC, you invest in this city and its people­—today and tomorrow.

A GrowNYC supporter believes: • Affordable access to fresh, healthy food is as much a human right as clean air and drinkable water. • Nutritional education is crucial for optimal health. • In the value of materials, and the tremendous potential for reuse and recycling. • Access to green space in all neighborhoods is a necessity, not a luxury.

These are the issues we fight for.

Our city’s environment needs us now. A healthy, sustainable, livable city can’t be acquired overnight. Just like a garden, it must be cultivated and nurtured.

If you believe in the transformative work described in these pages, please donate to GrowNYC, and help build a future where New York City can thrive.


healthy food is A right, not a luxury

How we Help

Greenmarket Farmers Markets GrowNYC operates 50+ Greenmarket farmers markets across the five boroughs, our first one starting in 1976. These neighborhood hubs promote regional agriculture by providing small family farms the opportunity to sell their locally grown products directly to consumers, and ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer.


Regional Grains Project

Greenmarket Co.

Youthmarket is a network of urban farm stands operated by neighborhood teens, supplied by local farmers, and designed to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to communities throughout New York City.

With our partners, we’re building the marketplace for grains grown and milled in the Northeast, educating and connecting growers, processors, bakers, and chefs.

Our wholesale distribution program brings the freshest, highest-quality farm products from the region directly to New York City’s underserved wholesale buyers.


Fresh Food Box

Our team provides Greenmarket producers and aspiring farmers with a range of technical support programming designed to meet the needs of diversified farmers.

Allows residents in underserved communities to purchase a curated selection of fresh, regionally-grown produce at a low price in their own neighborhoods.

Greenmarket Youth Education

Fresh Pantry Project

SNAP and Food Access Customers shopping with SNAP can swipe benefit cards at the market in exchange for wooden tokens that are used like cash at Greenmarkets to purchase anything edible. For every $5 spent in SNAP, customers receive a $2 Health Buck.

New York City schoolchildren in grades K-12 learn about where food comes from, who grows it, and how to prepare healthy and nutritious meals.



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Greenmarket farmers donate fresh food at the end of the market day to NYC’s food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and transitional living facilities.

Greenmarket GrowNYC’s Greenmarket program, established over 40 years ago with a handful of farmers, now includes over 250 producers. Greenmarket offers participating regional farmers a marketplace to sell their delicious, local products, and it provides New Yorkers in all five boroughs access to the freshest, healthiest food. Throughout New York City, Greenmarkets function as centers of sustainability, as well as meeting places for neighbors to mingle and check in on each other. Responding to the needs of diverse communities, Greenmarket has established several food access programs to keep farmers farming and to improve the health and nutrition of the city’s population by ensuring that affordable, fresh food is available to those who need it most.


In partnership with the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, we introduced the

Pharmacy to Farm Prescription Exchange Program

Greenm arket

Every week,


1,000 families

pick up a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables at one of our 18 Fresh Food Box sites.

FARMroots’ Beginning Farmer Program helped start

to encourage New Yorkers with high blood pressure to consume more fruits and vegetables from their local Greenmarket.

6 new farm businesses, and graduated 21 participants from its Farm Beginnings training course. Greenmarket Co. distributed


million lbs.

of produce to wholesale buyers throughout NYC, with more than 1.6 million pounds going to those that make fresh, healthy produce available in underserved communities.



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FARMroots worked with over



on access to land, access to capital, business planning, and succession planning projects, increasing our region’s protected land and providing new growth capital to Greenmarket farmers.

We operated


Greenmarkets, including two meaningful new markets: the Greenmarket at Oculus Plaza at the World Trade Center site, where we had a thriving market until the events of 9/11, and the Fordham Plaza Greenmarket in the Bronx.

Youthmarket trained and employed

75 youth

and distributed more than 300,000 pounds of food via 18 youth-run farm stands, including two new markets in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick.

Greenmarkets for Good GrowNYC coordinates farmer donations of nearly 1 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables each year to local food pantries, homeless facilities, soup kitchens, and community centers throughout all five boroughs. This year, we’ve also partnered with multiple NYC food pantries to provide pantry clients with tours of the Greenmarket, as well as $12 vouchers to redeem on fresh produce at market. Taina Rodriguez leads tours for participants from Part of the Solution (POTS), a multiservice agency in the Bronx that attends to the essential needs and hunger of all who enter. She says: “A lot of people that come to the soup kitchen think it costs more money to eat healthy, but it doesn’t. To improve nutrition, first you must change people’s habits. But you need tools to do that, and most of the people on this tour don’t have the income to get started. The Fresh Pantry Project brings them here to the farmers market and shows them how. I show them that they can use their SNAP cards, and that they get the extra money in Health Bucks.” For every $5 a customer spends using SNAP, they receive one $2 Health Buck coupon to spend at the farmers market. This increase of 40% in buying power stretches a SNAP budget and encourages shoppers to spend more of their monthly Food Stamp allotment on fresh produce from the market. “It’s really great,” Taina continues, “because people come to POTS and they hear about the Fresh Pantry Program.” “Hopefully,” Taina says, “we’ll be able to do it again next year.”

Youthmarket Profile Kristy Allison Patz in her own words Has the market changed what you eat? In what ways? Of course! Working in the market has changed the way I eat in a very positive way. I have integrated more fruits and vegetables in my diet. I am now able to easily fulfill my healthy requirement of eating two cups of fruits and three cups of vegetables per day. Do you cook for your family members? Yes, I cook for my family members. I cook for my parents and for two younger siblings about three times per week. What do they think about your cooking? They think my cooking is very healthy and delicious. My family enjoys the season when I work and I am able to provide lots of fruits and vegetables that they can easily prepare and eat. Has the market affected your future job plans? How? Oh yes! Working with GrowNYC has helped me see how crucial it is to consume fruits and vegetables to be healthy. Therefore, I want to be able to work to improve awareness and make all this information more accessible to everyone.

I want everyone that surrounds me to have the same knowledge of healthy eating. Overall takeaways from your experience? Working for Youthmarket has helped me develop relationships with new people and strengthen my job skills. Working at the Youthmarket helps one realize the importance of fresh food, and knowing where it comes from. I have become more aware of food issues since I started working with the Youthmarket, such as the difference between GMO and non-GMO foods. Youthmarket has helped me strengthen my teamwork and leadership skills. It has helped me to improve my customer service skills. I loved the experience I had with Youthmarket. Kristy Allison Paz has worked with GrowNYC for two years as Assistant Manager at Norwood and Cypress Hills Youthmarkets

“The City is very fortunate to have GrowNYC. I don’t know how other cities achieve their sustainability and food goals without an organization like GrowNYC.” —Barbara Turk, Board Member / Director of Food Policy for the City of New York

G reen ma rket



fresh air, More open space Garden Creation Every year we build from the ground up new green spaces in all five boroughs. We work with community members to create everything from small gardens in vacant lots to massive urban farms that provide thousands of pounds of produce each year.

How we Help

Annual Plant Sale

Green Infrastructure

We sell locally grown, at-cost plants to 600+ garden groups each spring to ensure bountiful green spaces all can enjoy.

We build rain gardens, rainwater harvesting systems, and other green design elements to prevent pollution, conserve water and combat climate change.

Corporate Volunteer Days We leverage sweat equity to make sure gardens thrive. Groups of 10–300 volunteer on renovations and major construction of new community gardens, urban farms, and school gardens.



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Training and Materials for School Gardens We provide professional development, how-to videos, make site visits and provide material support to public schools.

Mini-grants for School Gardens We provide funding of up to $2,000 per site to build or expand a learning garden at a public or charter school through our school gardens program, Grow to Learn.

Garden Renovation We return many times to established gardens to lead renovation projects ranging from new beds and plants to rainwater harvesting systems and picnic tables.

Gardens Since the 1970s, GrowNYC has built 100 community gardens (and counting) and renovated hundreds more, working with New Yorkers, neighborhood groups, housing associations, and other community groups to transform vacant land into vibrant open space. We work with schools, city agencies, and other nonprofits to spur the growth and ongoing sustainability of more than 715 school gardens through our Grow to Learn program. We support schools and educators with training and technical assistance as they work to integrate learning gardens into their culture and curriculum. Together we create green spaces big and small, giving all New Yorkers a chance to grow food, get exercise and fresh air, learn, understand nature, and much more.


GrowNYC’s Governors Island Teaching Garden hosted our

We built our 100th garden!

3rd annual Beginner Gardener Intensive

With this year’s nine new gardens— totaling 43,000 sq. ft. of NEW green space—we reached a total of 100 community gardens in NYC… and counting!

12 new

rainwater harvesting systems are collecting an additional 100,000 gallons of water per year.

to train 15 teachers who are starting school gardens at their schools.

We renovated more than

30 gardens

throughout the year, building new beds, installing pavers, and more.





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We gave

mini-grants to 78 new and expansion school garden projects between $500$2000, bringing the total network to 715 Grow to Learn Schools!

We ran



to provide schools with seeds, seedlings, tools, lumber, soil, rain barrels and benches.

In Marie’s Words

“Jackson Forest Community Garden started in 1983. It wasn’t a garden then, it was just a place that a few neighbors had permission to clean out and they were planting there. It was a building originally that they

“We have witnessed the Governors Island teaching garden, the Greenmarket initiatives and Environmental Education Programs throughout New York’s boroughs. We see the dedication of the GrowNYC team and know that they not only Talk the Talk, but also Walk the Walk.” —Eileen & Neil Klar, GrowNYC Donors

knocked down, and they just left all kinds of garbage and trash there and we had to clean up the lot. But we used it from then on and it was our garden. In 2008 the City had to close the garden for renovations, and they had to tear a lot of it up. We didn’t get the keys back until this year and that’s where Mike (GrowNYC Gardens Program Assistant Director) came in. And I thank God we found him because he has been a great help to us. Mike came in and said he had some resources and he built us the boxes and got the soil and as soon as the soil was in people started planting. It was a little late for the planting season but still we had some crops—cucumbers, okra and a lot of tomatoes. And we had peaches! Those peaches, oh my goodness, they

The Classroom in the Garden

were golden. Oh, it was all exciting [the process of rebuilding]! I couldn’t believe the amount of volunteers that Mike had come to the garden. I said, it was like something too good to be true! We can finally work the garden again. And you know we have gotten older. That’s why Mike helps us and makes the boxes higher because most of the gardeners are in their 80s and can’t get down on their knees. We also have a school that is in the garden now and they’re learning how to plant. They have two boxes and when they come they do help. Neighbors come in and ask questions sometimes, they pass by, and just have a conversation. Thanks to Mike and GrowNYC, we have a lot of benches, we have a lot of tables where they can come sit, read the newspaper, just get in touch with nature. We all work together so maybe that’s why we always have fun!” ­—Marie Brook

“Thanks to support from Grow to Learn: the Citywide School Gardens Initiative by GrowNYC, the teachers at PS 36K have been able to create and implement creative and engaging lessons related to, and in, our garden, that target all the skills our special-needs high school students need: math, literacy, social skills, responsibility, self-regulation, etc. Our garden program has also unified our staff since we have now been able to invite all teachers to contribute ideas and to use the garden for their own teaching activities. And we’ve seen amazing changes in our students! They are developing a sensitivity to nature and to healthy

food options, learning to work together, and building their self-esteem. Our students beg to come out and work in the garden and to enjoy the harvest by eating a fresh-picked strawberry or pepper, or taking them home to share with family. Our students are so proud of their work! They feel a sense of ownership—for example, they painted a mural in the garden over the summer, and in the fall, they proudly discussed which part of the mural they had done—‘I painted the rock!’ ‘I did the butterfly!’ They can see their work— it is lasting and it is beautiful.” —Nava Greenfeld, Speech-Language Pathologist PS 36K Bushwick, Brooklyn


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a t a 7 1 20 GLANCE education for all

Project Farmhouse Since our opening in April 2017, Project Farmhouse has been busy exploring environmental issues through the lens of food, horticulture, arts, recycling, cooking, and community education. This year we piloted nutrition and culinary programming for students from City as School at Project Farmhouse. Students did hands-on cooking lessons and discussed careers in the restaurant industry with notable NYC chefs. Sustainable Seafood spotlight: In spring we hosted the first in our Seasonal Dinner Series called ‘The State of Seafood.’ The evening began with a double book reading by sustainable fisheries expert and New York Times bestselling author, Paul Greenberg, and Stephanie Villani, co-owner of



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Blue Moon Fish, veteran Greenmarket producers who catch wild, local fish off the coast of Long Island. Paul Greenberg points out that, on average, a piece of imported seafood travels over 5,000 miles—a terrifying statistic considering his explanation of seafood as “ecological infrastructure, the underpinnings of a healthy environment.” There are numerous reasons to choose locally-sourced seafood, and we are committed to educating New Yorkers on all of them. In addition to free public programming curated by GrowNYC and/or other nonprofits, Project Farmhouse is available as a rental space, allowing the space to generate its own income to invest back in GrowNYC programming.

We look forward to welcoming you!

In partnership with the City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, we introduced the Pharmacy

Farm Prescription Exchange Program to


encourage New Yorkers with high blood pressure to consume more fruits and vegetables from their local Greenmarket.

FARMroots’ Beginning Farmer Program

helped start six new farm businesses, and graduated 21 participants from its Farm Beginnings training course.

We operated 51 Greenmarkets, including two meaningful new markets: the Greenmarket at Oculus Plaza at the World Trade Center site, where we had a thriving market until the events of 9/11, and the Fordham Plaza Greenmarket in the Bronx.

We renovated

more than 30

gardens throughout the year, building new beds, installing pavers, and more. Recycling Champions

engaged in waste reduction education and outreach at 97 schools, engaging 50,000 students and faculty in more than 2,000 individual outreach events.

15 energetic teens participated in the

Learn It Grow It Eat It paid

summer internship: growing food, tending three community gardens, educating children and adults about gardening and nutrition, and running our Youthmarket in the South Bronx. This fall we built our 100th garden: Jackson Forest Community Garden in Queens. Since breaking ground on All People’s Garden in 1978 we’ve been rolling up our sleeves alongside community gardeners, nonprofits, GreenThumb and other city agencies, and volunteers to make green spaces big and small thrive in NYC.

In June, we launched “Compost On The Go,” opening 18 new food scrap collections, conveniently located near mass transit in northern Manhattan and the Bronx, in partnership with the NYC Department of Sanitation. Once a week, our friendly compost coordinators will accept your scraps to be composted as you head out to start your day!

Greenmarket Co. distributed

2.3 million pounds of produce to wholesale buyers throughout NYC, with more than 1.6 million pounds going to those that make fresh, healthy produce available in underserved communities. That translates to dollars for farmers’ pockets.

We gave mini-grants to 78 new and expansion school garden projects of between $500-$2000, and hosted 12 seed, plant and tool giveaways, bringing the total network to

715 Grow to Learn Schools! We trained more than 100 NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) residents to teach neighbors to recycle, and officially recognized 40 individuals who completed 12 or more hours of recycling outreach to become certified

Environmental Ambassadors.


Y ea r a t a G l a n c e

“As a local NYC company, we are incredibly proud to support a local NYC nonprofit! GrowNYC is boots-on-the-ground, working with New Yorkers to make our city livable long into the future.”

kids are our

best chance

—Jerry Skillett, CEO, Icon Parking, GrowNYC Donor

of protecting our planet!

Recycling Champions Through our partnership with the NYC Departments of Education and Sanitation, as part of the mayor’s Zero Waste plan for the city, we provide schools with tools and resources that help make recycling and composting part of every school day. On-site experiential, inquiry-based programs are offered free of charge to schools every year.

How we Help

Greenmarket Education Guided tours of the farmers market are provided in partnership with K-12 schools, senior centers, and nonprofits serving adult communities, ensuring that New Yorkers of all ages and abilities understand the food system and know where to find the freshest, most delicious locally grown food.

Governors Island Teaching Garden A half-acre urban farm that engages, excites, and educates thousands of NYC students and the public in all aspects of urban agriculture, water and soil conservation, renewable energy, and environmental stewardship.

Noise GrowNYC’s in-house noise pollution expert, Dr. Arline Bronzaft, responds to noise complaints daily, many coming through GrowNYC’s informative noise section on our website.



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Learn It Grow It Eat It Anchored in the South Bronx with a satellite program in East Harlem, LGE offers youth development and nutrition education year-round for High School students. Several internships each year, including a six-week summer intensive give teens the opportunity to sell produce, work in gardens, and educate the community about nutrition, all while getting job readiness skills and in-depth exposure to important issues.

Teach In a city as large as New York, it is critical that our children experience the natural world beyond their neighborhood. GrowNYC education programs offer countless opportunities for young people (and adults) to learn about environmental topics, such as the fundamentals of horticulture, the potential of renewable energy, nutrition and health, conservation, and recycling. Learning, doing, and teaching makes sustainability second nature.




At our Governors Island Teaching Garden, we

Recycling Champions worked directly with 45 NYC

kept four school gardens growing during eight weeks in summer in the South Bronx— learning about farming and nutrition while earning summer dollars.

hosted over 5,000 public school students

School Based Green Teams

30 of which are new this year, to give students the opportunity to be leaders, helping their classmates and even teachers learn the hows and whys of recycling.

from across the city who got their hands dirty while planting, watering, harvesting, cooking, and tasting the garden’s wide array of vegetables, herbs, and fruits.

We worked with 40 New York City senior centers and nonprofit institutions serving adult communities to provide

tours and nutrition education at





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the Greenmarkets, benefitting the physical and emotional health of our city’s adult communities.


schoolchildren, grades K-12, toured our Greenmarkets this year, gaining a better understanding of farming in the Northeast and the impact of food choices not only on their bodies, but also on their communities and the environment. Half of participating students, attending schools where 70%+ qualify for free lunch, received Greenmarket Bucks to spend at market.

Recycling Champions engaged in

waste reduction education and outreach

at 97 schools, working with 50,000 students and faculty in more than 2,000 individual outreach events. The Governors Island Teaching Garden expanded with a

new solar powered aquaponics system

featuring three, 275-gallon tanks of tilapia. We also added a rain garden to help mitigate excess storm water, a season-extending high tunnel to grow vegetables in, and a covered pavilion so students can seek shelter in case of rain.

15 energetic Learn It Grow It Eat It interns participated in our 11th annual paid summer internship to grow food and maintain three community gardens, educate children and adults about gardening and nutrition, and run our Youthmarket in the South Bronx.

The young people acquired cooking skills and confidence while expanding their diets to include many vegetables and foods they had never had before. In their words:

Young Women on the Rise The Summer Garden Maintenance Program, a collaboration between our School Gardens program and Learn It Grow It Eat It, gives teens a job maintaining school gardens during the summer. While they tend the garden, they learn about horticulture and nutritional education, then teach younger children and others in the community those same topics.

Is this for Composting?

“Being able to plant and see the plants grow has been one of the most satisfying and fulfilling experiences I’ve ever had before.” —Clarializa “This summer I became vegetarian (yes, no more meat). I’m eating healthier and I feel more energized to conduct certain activities that I just couldn’t do before (running, biking, taking long walks).” —Kathy “I had the opportunity to meet new people from different countries and share.” —Roberlina

It was a dewy, slow morning at GrowNYC’s new 145th Street & Edgecombe Food Scrap Drop-Off site. The site was not officially collecting any food scraps yet, but to spread the word, we set up a tent, and were passing out flyers to promote the resource to residents. “Is this for composting?!” a young teen heading to school asked. You could hear her excitement, as she proudly shared that her school is an Zero Waste School (one that GrowNYC works with), and that she “does this at school, and loves this stuff”. She then expressed her gratitude for opening this new site, and enabling her to turn her food scrap into compost at home, outside of school. Many others stopped by afterwards to see what we were doing, but that brief encounter was a perfect moment of everything connecting, and different GrowNYC programs complementing one another to accomplish a goal of less waste in NYC. —Larissa Ho, Recycling Outreach Coordinator

“I’m proud of the fact that…I spent my summer taking care of plants and teaching the community about the importance of healthy eating, which I consider an act of giving back to the community.” —Clarializa “I feel like this job gave me the opportunity to interact with different people which made me more confident about myself and I think this will affect the way in which I interact with others in future jobs and school.” —Zulma “Now I think about composting as a way to recycle our food, because I planted seeds, took care of the plants, harvested (fruit or veggie), ate it, and then threw the greens into the compost boxes.” —Kathy

“Volunteering with GrowNYC has been a terrific partnership for the past few years. Our employees have been able to help build and maintain a range of green projects throughout the city, as they gain firsthand appreciation for the benefits these spaces offer their neighbors.” —Janet Wong, Vice President Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation


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Food Scrap Collections At most of our Greenmarkets, residents can conveniently drop their food scraps for composting and their clothing for reuse or recycling. We work with strategic partners including other nonprofits and government agencies to make this program a success.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle...

and compost!

How we Help

Stop ‘N’ Swap® Our free reuse events throughout the five boroughs are a haven for those looking to clean out or stock up, saving perfectly good items from the landfill.

Public Recycling Workshops Staff and volunteers educate residents on recycling rules and resources using fun, engaging activities at public events and community workshops.



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Comprehensive Building Assistance

Environmental Ambassadors

We help establish or improve apartment building recycling programs, including training and materials for building staff and occupants. We also enroll and assist building management companies with establishing DSNY apartment programs such as curbside organics collection or refashionNYC, and ecycleNYC.

This newly created initiative with DSNY and the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) recruits NYCHA residents to provide recycling outreach to their neighbors. After completing two classroom sessions, Environmental Ambassadors then complete 12 hours of volunteer service providing recycling education at the developments where they live.

Event Recycling Planning We provide guidance to help public event organizers green their events and comply with recycling rules.

Recycle GrowNYC’s Zero Waste Programs, funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation, work to increase participation in New York City’s curbside recycling program by providing workshops for residents and supers, and community events centered on education. We provide New Yorkers in every borough with a range of opportunities and resources to better understand and participate in a myriad of waste prevention programs. We strive to increase the percentage of recyclables diverted from disposal, to promote reuse, and to advance composting efforts to achieve ambitious goals to make NYC a leader in waste prevention and recycling. We do this by offering weekly collections for food scraps and clothing, organizing Stop ‘N’ Swap® community reuse events, providing event recycling assistance and more.


In June, we launched “Compost On The Go,” opening


new food scrap collections,

conveniently located near mass transit in northern Manhattan and the Bronx, in partnership with the NYC Department of Sanitation. Once a week, our friendly compost coordinators will accept your scraps to be composted as you head out to start your day! Worked with

enthusiastic volunteers

who helped educate New Yorkers, host recycling collections, organize free swap events, and more.

pounds of textiles for recycling.

2.2 million pounds of organic material,




Food scrap collections at 37 Greenmarkets accepted nearly



Textile collections hosted at 31 Greenmarket locations collected

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diverting a significant amount from the landfill.



Stop ‘N’ Swap® Events across the five boroughs, which attracted more than 11,000 New Yorkers eager to practice waste reduction, reuse and recycling and diverted almost 44 tons of materials from disposal.

Trained more than 100 NYCHA residents to teach neighbors to recycle, and officially recognized



who completed 12 or more hours of recycling outreach to become certified Environmental Ambassadors.

Get Green South Bronx Earth Fest: Celebrating 10 Years Over the past ten years, GrowNYC has worked with community groups and environmental organizations from the Bronx along with Waste Management to organize the “Get Green South Bronx Earth Fest.” Get Green is a grassroots celebration of the environment and culture of the Bronx. This free community festival features activities, music, games and giveaways with a green theme. It is the first and largest annual Earth Day event in the Bronx—an event deeply embedded in the community. Each year, over 1,500 residents come out and as many as 40 organizations participate. The goal is to help reach and teach the community, particularly the youth, the importance of recycling and being good stewards of the

NYCHA Ambassadors

environment, as they will be our legacy and the caretakers of our planet in years to come. This is especially important in the South Bronx which has the lowest recycling rates in NYC and where 40% of the population is under 18 years of age. It is a one-of-a-kind platform for organizations to show their support for environmental education and for building a more sustainable borough and City. It is also a way to ensure that we reach residents, who need it most, with activities and information that empower the community for a greener and cleaner future.

“I support GrowNYC because it enhances the lives of all New Yorkers by providing easy access to healthy, farm fresh, local produce. But it goes much deeper: GrowNYC connects us to our environment and is about the impact our activities have on the health of our city as well as an awareness of our regional agricultural system. It is an integrated and innovative approach to urban sustainability.” —Liz Neumark, CEO Great Performances, Board Member

Pamela Azore, resident recycling rockstar in GrowNYC’s Zero Waste Programs, first got involved with our organization through the Environmental Ambassadors program in 2016. As a resident of Pomonok Houses in Queens, Pam wanted to become a resource for her neighbors and an advocate for recycling and sustainability in her community. Since she completed the Environmental Ambassadors program, Pam has been frequently volunteering for Stop ‘N’ Swap®, our free community reuse events—over 30 times in 2017! She didn’t stop there. Pam has hosted several small Swaps on her own, and thanks to her persistence, we were able to host a Stop ‘N’ Swap® at Pomonok Houses in late summer of 2017. In her own words: “I am a better human being due to the experience and knowledge the Environmental Ambassadors program gave me. I volunteer with Stop ‘N’ Swap® to increase my awareness to the importance of recycling and to try to do my part and help reduce the size of our already overflowing landfills. I like the concept that what may be old to me is now new to someone else. Bringing Stop ‘N’ Swap® to my community has felt fantastic! The Stop ‘N’ Swaps® allow low-income neighborhoods to get some good things they want but can’t afford at that time. It also provides some social connectivity. I am very enthusiastic and eager to do it again—it was very well-received.”


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THANK YOU! to our Generous Donors

Fiscal Year July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017


Louis and Anne Abrons Foundation Alexandria Real Estate Equities Con Edison Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Empire State Development Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation Green Mountain Energy Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund JetBlue NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC National Fish and Wildlife Foundation The New World Foundation NY Farm Viability Institute NYC Council NYC Department of Education NYC Department of Sanitation NYC Department of Youth and Community Development NYC Economic Development Corporation NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets



New York State Health Foundation Timberland US Department of Agriculture US Department of Health and Human Services and Center for Disease Control and Prevention


Anonymous (2) Altman Foundation Anderson-Rogers Foundation BrainPop Brenner Family Foundation NYC Council Member Fernando Cabrera Chapman Perelman Foundation NYC Council Member Margaret Chin NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides NYC Council Member Robert Cornegy Cornell Douglas Foundation Deutsche Bank NYC Council Member Inez Dickens Disney Worldwide Service The Durst Organization Christopher Elliman

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Ernst and Young NYC Council Member Rafael Espinal NYC Council Member Mathieu Eugene Farmers Market Federation of NY First Eagle Investment Management Foundation NYC Council Member Daniel Garodnick NYC Council Member Vanessa Gibson Gouverneur Families Hearst Heineken Marian S. Heiskell The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation Greenacre Foundation Icon Parking The Institute for Family Health NYC Council Member Ben Kallos The J.M. Kaplan Fund NYC Council Member Brad Lander David Lapham and Clark Mitchell The Leir Charitable Foundations Levitt Foundation

Lucius N. Littauer Foundation Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Mount Sinai Hospital National Endowment for the Arts National Football League New York Community Trust NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Omni New York Pinkerton Foundation NYC Council Member Rafael Salamanca Samsung C&T America Morris & Alma Schapiro Fund Myrtle Avenue District Management Association Dr. Robert C. & Tina Sohn Foundation sweetgreen Swiss Re America Telx Tishman Speyer Two Bridges Neighborhood Council UBS US Environmental Protection Agency NYC Council Member James Vacca NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer Wearable Collections Wells Fargo Wholesome Wave Foundation Charitable Venture NYC Council Member Jumaane Williams Julie Wurfel


Brown Brothers Harriman Burpee Foundation

Charter School Business Management Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation Deloitte Digital Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Farm Aid NYC Council Member Vincent Gentile Gotham Bar and Grill Huge Edith & Herbert Lehman Foundation Holly Cornell Lowen and Todd Lowen Liz Neumark New York Presbyterian Hospital Overhills Foundation Pfizer Proskauer Rose Charles Ramat NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal John and Barbara Samuelson Foundation Nick and Katherine Scharlatt Signature Urban Properties Sitecompli Small Axe Peppers The South Wind Foundation Stainman Family Foundation Starcom Target Corporation Urban Health Plan Leo S. Walsh Foundation

$1,000–$4,999 Anonymous Abacus Labs Aesop USA Apple

Amy Bell Brooklyn Brewery Capalino + Company Citizen Relations The City Gardens Club of New York City Clarion Clif Bar Family Foundation The Cliffs Climbing + Fitness CNA Cont Casualty Company Congregation Rodeph Sholom Cowles Charitable Trust Danielle Crognale Crystal & Company Jacqueline Dryfoos EscapeMaker Erika L. Faust and Colin Gardner Molly and Everard Findlay John J. Flemm Foundation Frechette Family Foundation Friends Of Van Cortlandt Park GENBAND Michael Gerrard Stella Gilliland Angela and Mark Gordon The Gramercy Park Foundation Great Performances Samuel Greenfield GTIS Partners Healthcare Consultancy Group Hispanic Federation Invisible North Patricia Jenny and Kent Hiteshew Sarah and David Johnson Jones Innovative Group Carol and Robert Kafin Anita Kawatra Kind Management

NYC Council Member Karen Koslowitz KPS Capital Partners Marsh & McLennan Companies Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens Kate McKay Moore Charitable Foundation Elizabeth Myers New York City Soil and Water Conservation District The New York Times Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal U.S.A. Norinchukin Foundation OLMSTED Payoneer Perlman Family Foundation Pickler & Co. Lisa and Jonathan Pruzan PVH Foundation Qubit Adelle and Robert Rathe Rockaway Youth Task Force NYC Council Member Deborah Rose S&P Global Foundation Joan Schmitz Slow Food Stripes Group Stella Strombolis Terracycle Travelers Venable Foundation Vita Coco Laura B. Vogler Foundation Waste Management WebMD Willis Towers Watson


Lisa and Adam Ableman Michelle Aboodi Eden Abrahams Barbara Abrash Caroline Addison Bruce Agins American Endowment Foundation Vincent Apa Arthur Atkinson Kathryn Auw Flavia Bacarella and Keith D. Stewart Marian Bach Jordan Barowitz Jennifer Bassuk Margie Becker-Lewin Elyse Bekins Nancy and Robert S. Blank Foundation Jeff Bliss Bobo Restaurant BoxUp Bridgewood Fieldwater Foundation Arline Bronzaft Walter Bryce Ruth Burger Michelle Byrd Rosemary Calderon David Camacho and Gerard Lordahl Sandra Cardinali and Margaret O’Connell Margot Carpenter CBS Jackie Ceonzo Jacquelyn Chan Sara Chen Amy Chiang Kendall Christiansen City Harvest Idan Cohen Andrea and Steven Cohen

Katherine Cole Erin Collins Emilie Cooper William J. Dean Esq. Arielle DiGiacomo and Zachary Boger Molly Doherty and Omar C. Jadwat Dundee Gardens Judith Edelstein Cara Eisen Elysian Realty Feinberg Bros. Agency Miriam Feuerman Norma Fisher Daisy Friedman Frederick M. & Susan Friedman Foundation Lisa Gallotta Naola Gersten-Woolf Ellen Gesmer Montego Glover Alexis Goldberg Eric A. Goldstein Liza Gordon Paul Gordon Carolyn Graham Susan E. Green Judith Greengus and David Perlstein Gabrielle Grubbs Lisa N. Gurley and David P. Schaffer Quincy Hammond Maura Harway and Richard Mark Keith Haskel Mary Hawley Susan Herzberg Peter Hirsch Jon Hlafter Michael Holland Rita Houlihan Robin and Michael Howald Anne-Marie Resor and Edmund Huber

Ted Humphrey Dara Hunt Hyatt J. Ottman Consulting Barbara Janowitz Jewish Community Project Preschool Shara Kabakow Steven Kassin Matthew Katz Randall K. C. Kau Megan Kemnitz Carol Kennedy Kyle Kimball Eileen and Neil Klar Joan and Richard Klein Steven Kofsky Sarah and Victor Kovner Dorothy and Jerome Kretchmer Henry Krim Vivian Kuan amd Joel Kurtzberg Heather Kugelmass and David Borenstein Anjali Kumar Allison Lane Scott Lefler Kevin Lehman Eileen & Peter Lehrer Family Foundation Linda Lennon Cheryl Levesque Sarah Lewin Rebecca Lewin Davien Littlefield Locicero & Tan Carol and David Locke Long Island Nets Michael Lubowitz John S. Lyons Steven Marchese Elizabeth Marks Andrew Martin Caitlin McEwan

Joan McKay Karen E. Meara Ann Meyer Jessica Miles Dana Mindlin Rebecca Mir Maki Mitsui-Cuff Sarah Moga Jonathan Murray Serene Nakano Emily Nammacher Nine Stories Furniture Co. Sean Nossel Adekunle Omotade Ox Verte Oxford University Press P.S. 89X Monica Pagan Marilyn Payton Kristen Pedersen Lynn Penney Kris Percival David Perlman L.E. Phillips Family Foundation Harriet and Paul Pitcoff Jacqueline Pompei Jane Potenzo Margaret Rambo Charlene Ray Ruth Reichl Matthew Reid Frances Resheske Charity Robey Marian Robinson Ellen Rosen Zoe Rotter Ilana Rudolf Megan M. Ryan Kyla Ryman Andy Sale Andrea Sargent Danielle Scannella Adrian Schnell

Gail and Jonathan Schorsch Fund Leslie Schrader Wendy Schwartz Susan K. Sheim Ann Shepherd Rebecca Simmons Vicky Smith and David Porteous Katherine Spector Janaile Spence Speyer Family Charitable Fund Denise Squicciarini Scott Stryker Nancy Swope Elena Taurke The Shala Jamie Tobias Sonia Toledo Barbara Turk Olivia H. Vanek Vanke Michelle Vespa David Viscomi David Waldes Caroline Wallace Jane Weiss Mariët Westermann and Charles Pardoe White Plains Linen Kristina Whittaker Therese Wojtowicz Carol and Edward Wolf Edwin A. Yowell Jeffrey Zurofsky Whole Foods Worldwide Technology


Added Value/Red Hook Community Farm Agritecture Bowery Road Alamo Drafthouse

America’s Test Kitchen Anthony Road Wine Co Battery Urban Farm Beth’s Farm Kitchen Big Reuse Bowery Road Bread Alone Bakery Breezy Hill Orchard Breville Cookware Brooklyn Brewery Catchafire Cava Central Bakery Consider Bardwell Farm Craggy Range Divine Brine Foods, Inc. DSNY Earth Matter Educators For Excellence Everything Sticks and More Catering Evian feedfeed Food Book Fair Francesca’s II Bakery Franciacorta Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP Gaia’s Breath Farm Gotham Chocolate Gotham Greens Gowanus Canal Conservancy Grand Cru Selections Greensulate Greenthumb Barbara Hanna Harlem Educational Activities Fund Hawthorne Valley Farm HortLED Hudson River Park Hudson Valley Duck Farm, LLC Invite Manager

Iliamna Fish Co. Jacqueline Denise Davis Garden Joe Holzka Community Garden Joe Coffee Karen Yau Ostensjo Kiwi Energy Lake Valley Seed Las Delicias Shanon Levenherz Lower East Side Ecology Center Lynnhaven Maniac Pumpkin Carvers Martin’s Pretzels Mashable Meredith’s Country Bakery Mothers on the Move New York Public Library Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance NYC Department of Sanitation NY Distilling Company NYRP/Sherman Creek Olivet Presbyterian Community Garden Orange County Distillery Paris Images Screen Printing PE & DD Seafood Proskauer Rose LLP Queens Botanical Garden Queens County Farm Rule No. 1 Smiling Hogshead Ranch Staten Island Maker Space Timberland Toyota Wearable Collections Wilson Daniels Workman Publishing WÜSTOFF


Tha n k Y o u!

Board & Staff Marcel Van Ooyen President / CEO Julie Walsh Assistant Director Dennis Conroy Comptroller



Board Marian S. Heiskell Honorary Chair Robert J. Kafin, Esq. Chair Sonia M. Toledo Vice Chair Richard Abrons Jordan Barowitz Comm. Mary Bassett, MD, MPH Arline Bronzaft, PhD Victoria Contino, Esq. Bret Csencsitz Jacqueline Dryfoos Nancy Elder Christopher J. Elliman Everard Findlay Comm. Kathryn Garcia Eric Goldstein, Esq. Anita Kawatra Anjali Kumar John S. Lyons Liz Neumark Lys McLaughlin Pike Courtney ‘Coco’ Quinlan Charles Ramat Frances Resheske Steven P. Salsberg, Esq. Barbara S. Samuelson Axel Santiago

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Comm. Vincent Sapienza, P.E. Nick Scharlatt Eugene Schneur Comm. Mitchell Silver Marianne Spraggins Stella Strombolis David Tisch Comm. Polly Trottenberg Barbara J. Turk  

Administration / Finance Chelsea Whittaker Human Resources Director David Francis Cindy Ma Priscilla Rosado Jun Wang Diante Webb

Development Alexis Canney Amanda Gentile Kate Giessel Nathan Patterson

Project Farmhouse Laura McDonald Director Robert Shepherd

Greenmarket Michael Hurwitz Director Olivia Blanchflower Director of Wholesale and Distribution Christopher Wayne Director of FARMroots Krista-Rae Anderson Jackie Bach Jessica Balnaves Henry Blair Liz Carollo Cathy Chambers Lela Chapman Rafelia Collis Catherine Crawford Heidi Dolnick Jessica Douglas Kathleen Ernsting Iliana Garcia Laurel Halter Ivory Harris Chris Henwood Michelle Hernandez Caroline Hiteshew Margaret Hoffman Jack Hornickel Cheryl Huber Siobhan Keys Pam Knepper Andrei Kozlov Tara Laruffa

Egon Lateef Abigail Lee Winnifred Lee Christopher Long Rishma Lucknauth Naquion McNair Tevon McNair Mario Melendez Ashley Mueller Sarah Oziemkowski Emilee Pereira Gabriella Pereryra Kori Petrovic Phebe Pierson Felipe Rivas Santos Rivera June Russell Lobsang Samten Arlene Sicardo Gabriella Stern Cory Summerville Amelia Tarpey Nicole Tucker Emily Winkler-Morey TK Zellers

Education Tutu Badaru Shawn Connell Trang Dong Keziah Edmunds Gabrielle Hayes

Shannon Post David Saphire Susie Spodek

Recycling Champions Jen Ugolino Director Lesley Barewin Greg Behl Genna Cherichello Josh Feinberg Daneille Foster-Russell Jackie Junttonen Apoorva Mathur Justin McAmmond Laura Veno Kate Wimsatt

Zero Waste Programs David Hurd Director Emily Bachman Victoria Dearborn David Gaul Larissa Ho Bill Jett John Johnson Nabby Kaur Jon Klar Jay Ledoux Hana Martinez

Yazmine Mihojevich Carl-Harry Nau Max Newland Vitaliy Piltser Michael Rieser Christina Salvi


Gerard Lordahl Director Kristin Fields Director of Grow to Learn Shawn Brody Lars Chellberg Spencer Harbo Sebert Harper Arielle Hartman Mike Rezny Ellen Rosenthal Ramirez

GrowNYC Finances Fiscal Year July 1, 2016– June 30, 2017

How our money is spent: 4.2% 7.8%


Management & General

Operating Revenues

Non-Operating Revenues

Foundations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,179,220 1 Individuals/Corporations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $942,740 1 Government Grants & Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,026,486 Contributed Facilities & Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $771,396 2 Greenmarket Participant Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,025,848 Sales of Wholesale Produce, Plants, Grains . . . . . .$2,734,096 Other Income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $648,143 3

Interest & Dividends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $36,357 Investment Income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $202,393

Total Operating Revenue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $15,327,929

Operating Expenses Greening & Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,358,076 Greenmarket & Farmer Development . . . . . . . . .$4,529,950 Food Access & Wholesale Distribution . . . . . . . . . $3,849,874 Environmental Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,110,309 Zero Waste Outreach & Education . . . . . . . . . . . $1,726,386 GrowNYC Partners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $115,018 Project Farmhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $335,105 New York State Regional Food Hub LLC . . . . . . . . . $459,185 4 Management and General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,193,815 Fundraising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $642,875

Total Non-Operating Revenue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $238,750 Total Change in Net Assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $791,941

Net Assets Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $914,043 Invested in Property & Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,043,153 Board Designated Investment Fund . . . . . . . . . . $1,933,893 5 Board Designated Operating Reserve Fund . . . . . . . .$251,577 Temporarily Restricted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,349,630 6 Total Net Assets as of June 30, 2017 . . . . . . . . . . $6,492,296

Total Operating Expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,320,593



Change in Unrestricted Net Assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,336 Change in Temporarily Restricted Net Assets . . . . . . $545,855 6 Change in Operating Net Assets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $553,191 1. Contributed income from Foundations and Corporations includes temporarily restricted donations which were received in a prior fiscal year but released from restriction during FY17. 2. Contributed Facilities & Services revenue is offset by an equivalent expense amount. 3. Other Income includes consulting services provided by GrowNYC Partners and rental of Project Farmhouse. 4. See page 4 for a description. New York State Regional Food Hub LLC is a single member disregarded entity, wholly owned by GrowNYC, and is disclosed as such on GrowNYC’s audited financial statements and annual federal tax return (IRS form 990).

5. The Board designated investment fund functions as an endowment. 6. Temporarily restricted funds are restricted by the donor for a specific purpose and/or time (i.e. future fiscal years), and released from restriction either by the passage of time or by incurring expenses which satisfy the restricted purpose specified by the donor. Financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2017 have been audited by Marks Paneth LLP, Certified Public Accountants. The latest annual financial report has been filed with the NYS OAG, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, NY, NY 10271. A copy may be obtained from GrowNYC, 100 Gold Street, Suite 3300, NY, NY 10038 or online at


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Ways to Get Involved Sponsorship


Give Back

Sponsorship opportunities include branded Greenmarket Bucks, Governors Island Teaching Garden, School Garden MiniGrants, Summer Greenmarket events, Project Farmhouse, and much more. We will work with you to create a partnership package that best suits the needs of your company.

GrowNYC welcomes donations of products or services that help us allocate more funds toward our mission to create a healthier, more sustainable NYC. We often need: outdoor kitchen equipment, printing and mail services, photography, and outdoor gear for our staff working in community gardens and out at Greenmarket.

GrowNYC has many opportunities for volunteers to dig in and improve New York City’s environment block by block and community by community. Individuals 18 and older can help can lead cooking demos at Greenmarkets, teach others the recycling rules, conduct outreach, staff events and more.

Give a Gift Make a contribution for you or a loved one to support Greenmarkets, hands-on education, recycling, farming, food, gardens, and more. This is one of the simplest and most effective ways to give.

Leave a Legacy Help protect the future of NYC and ensure your legacy will live on in gardens, trees, fruits, and flowers by making a bequest to GrowNYC today. Rent the Farm!


for Caring!

GrowNYC’s center for sustainability and education, Project Farmhouse, is available for private rental. This 3,500 sf state-ofthe-art flex space in Union Square is the perfect venue for your next event and your rental helps underwrite GrowNYC education programs.

Corporate Volunteer Corporate Volunteer groups of any size can work on outdoor volunteer projects across New York City. Volunteers from your company can plant and clean up community and school gardens, organize and run cultural events, plant trees, or provide recycling outreach and assistance at major events and street fairs. Our volunteer opportunities are designed to be team building activities that are fun, lively, and get your hands a little dirty.

Please contact our Development Department at 212-788-7900 #257 for more information

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