Letâ€™s GrowNYC Together
Established before the first Earth Day and before green was in vogue, we were initially a policy-based organization, writing comprehensive reports about quality of life issues like air quality, traffic, and noise. Later we took action creating open green spaces, providing environmental education to all ages, increasing recycling and waste reduction rates, and bringing affordable locally grown food to all five boroughs.
Our city has changed a lot since then...
Issues such as recycling, sustainable farming, nutrition education, access to affordable locally grown produce, and open green space are now front and center and widely accepted as the new standards for how we can improve our quality of life.
Today GrowNYC is the largest and most established environmental organization in NYC, helping more than 3 million New Yorkers a year, by providing resources and education that enable healthy and sustainable living.
...but we have a bolder vision for New York.
We envision a New York in which every New Yorker can flourish.
Building a more sustainable life in our city
We are best known for the Union Square Greenmarket, but we do so much more.
Greenmarket Recycle Garden Education
GrowNYC’s 50 Greenmarkets provide small family farms the opportunity to sell their products directly to consumers across the five boroughs, and ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the most nutritious, locally grown food the region has to offer. GREENMARKET CO. Our wholesale distribution program brings the freshest, highest-quality farm products from the region directly to New York City’s wholesale buyers.
SNAP AND FOOD ACCESS Customers shopping with SNAP at Greenmarkets can easily purchase anything edible. For every $5 spent in SNAP, customers receive a $2 Health Buck.
FRESH FOOD BOX Residents in underserved communities can purchase a curated selection of fresh, regionally-grown produce at a low price in their own neighborhoods.
REGIONAL GRAINS PROJECT We’re building the marketplace for grains grown and milled in the Northeast, educating and connecting growers, processors, bakers, and chefs.
FARMROOTS Greenmarket producers and aspiring farmers receive a range of technical support designed to meet the needs of diversified farmers.
FRESH PANTRY PROJECT 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.
YOUTHMARKET A network of farm stands operated by neighborhood teens, supplied by local farmers, and designed to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to communities throughout New York City.
Greenmarket Union Square Greenmarket Payments: Cash EBT/SNAP tokens available at Market Information tent Subway LNQRW456
We blanket the five boroughs with collection sites for textiles and food scraps, Stop ‘N’ Swaps®, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all. COMPREHENSIVE BUILDING ASSISTANCE We help establish or improve apartment building recycling programs, including training and materials for building staff and occupants. We enroll and assist building management companies with established NYC Department of Sanitation apartment programs such as curbside food-scrap collection, refashionNYC, and ecycleNYC. 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 partner with other nonprofits and government agencies to make this program a success. 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.
ENVIRONMENTAL AMBASSADORS In partnership with NYC Department of Sanitation and the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA), we recruit NYCHA residents who complete classroom sessions and hours of volunteer service, transforming them into Environmental Ambassadors who provide recycling outreach to their neighbors. PUBLIC RECYCLING WORKSHOPS Staff and volunteers educate residents on recycling rules and resources using fun, engaging activities at public events and community workshops. EVENT RECYCLING PLANNING We provide guidance to help public event organizers green their events and comply with recycling rules.
Recycle Union Square Greenmarket Learning the 3Rs through Recycling Olympics at Union Square Greenmarket Learn what to recycle and how at grownyc.org/recycle
We build and rejuvenate community gardens, urban farms, and school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, our annual plant sale, and school garden grants. GARDEN CREATION Weâ€™ve built more than 110 new gardens across New York City, turning vacant lots into dynamic green spaces where community members grow food, congregate, and host neighborhood events. 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. GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE We build rain gardens, rainwater harvesting systems, and other green design elements to prevent pollution, conserve water, and combat climate change. ANNUAL PLANT SALE We sell locally grown, at-cost plants to 600+ garden groups each spring to ensure bountiful green spaces all can enjoy.
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. CORPORATE VOLUNTEER DAYS We leverage sweat equity to make sure gardens thrive. Groups volunteer on renovations and major construction of new community gardens, urban farms, and school gardens. TRAINING AND MATERIALS FOR SCHOOL GARDENS We provide professional development, how-to videos, make site visits and provide material support to public and charter schools to help school garden programs flourish.
Garden Havemeyer Garden 535 Havemeyer Avenue Castle Hill, Bronx Founded in 1970, rebuilt in 2015 Subway 6
We foster future environmental stewards by providing 70,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment. GOVERNORS ISLAND TEACHING GARDEN A one-acre urban farm that engages, excites, and educates thousands of NYC students and the public in all aspects of urban agriculture and environmental stewardship. RECYCLING CHAMPIONS In partnership with the NYC Departments of Education and Sanitation, we support the mayor’s Zero Waste plan for the city by providing schools with tools and resources that help make recycling and composting part of every school day. LEARN IT GROW IT EAT IT Anchored in the South Bronx, we offer year-round youth development and nutrition education for high school students. Intensive internships give teens the opportunity to run a farm stand, work in gardens, and educate the community about nutrition, all while getting career readiness skills.
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. SEED TO PLATE GrowNYC’s nutrition education program for 5th and 6th graders that tells the story of local food and why it’s important for our bodies, the environment, and our community, inspiring healthy food choices and environmental leaders. Seed to Plate was designed in collaboration with the Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy at Teachers College Columbia University. NOISE GrowNYC’s in-house noise pollution expert, Dr. Arline Bronzaft, responds to noise complaints daily, many coming through GrowNYC’s website.
Education Model T Community Garden 1312 Bristow Street Claremont Village, Bronx Founded 1991 Subway 256
We believe that people want to do their part but are much more likely to take action when it is convenient. So we do the hard work to make it easy for New Yorkers to have a positive impact.
At the market
Greenmarkets and counting!
Largest open air
farmers market program in the United States with 50 Greenmarkets citywide
240+ farmers participating in Greenmarket
pass through Greenmarket weekly during peak season
750 school gardens
In the garden
created and sustained through our school garden network
100+ community gardens
created to date with hundreds more assisted every year
260,000 New Yorkers benefit each year from the green space we have created
Reusing & recycling
pounds of textiles diverted from landfills and recycled
11,000,000 pounds of food scraps diverted from landfills into composting
2,000,000 gallons of rainwater harvested every year
Teaching new skills
3,000,000 New Yorkers participate in our programs each year
5,000 volunteers actively working with the community
reached through education programs
At GrowNYC, our innovative spirit, together with our fellow New Yorkers, has helped us change NYC for the better. We are well on our way to becoming one of the most livable cities in the world.
We are proud of the contributions we have made and of how far we have come together. With your help we can continue to fuel that progress.
EVERY NEW YORKER HAS ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD
KIDS ARE CONNECTED TO NATURE, NOT CELL PHONES
ALL NEW YORKERS UNDERSTAND THE LINK BETWEEN GOOD FOOD AND GOOD HEALTH
Imagine a city where
FOOD DESERTS ARE EXTINCT
CARING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT CAN LEAD TO A VIBRANT CAREER
NYC IS AS WELL-KNOWN FOR ITS CLEAN AIR AS IT IS FOR ITS TAP WATER
NYC = ZERO WASTE
RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING ARE SECOND NATURE
ALL ROOFTOPS HAVE GARDENS
EVERY NEW YORKER CAN CONNECT WITH NATURE AT THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY GARDEN
What’s next? Reach our goal of a garden for every NYC public and charter school. Building community gardens and urban farms in vacant lots and public housing developments throughout the five boroughs. Open doors to the New York State Regional Food Hub in 2020—a wholesale facility in the Bronx that will allow us to meet the surging institutional demand for fresh, local produce. Support the city’s ambitious zero waste by 2030 goal by bringing online new zero-waste schools each year and increasing recycling participation across NYC.
Letâ€™s do it together
GIVE A GIFT
Make a contribution to support more gardens, recycling, NYC Greenmarkets, and environmental education for all. This is the simplest and most effective way to give. grownyc.org/donate
CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS Corporate groups of any size can get their hands dirty and work on outdoor volunteer projects across New York City that improve the fabric of our neighborhoods.
RENT THE FARM!
Project Farmhouse, our state-of-the-art center for sustainability and education, is available for private rental. This flexible space in Union Square is the perfect venue for your next event, and your rental supports GrowNYC education programs.
GrowNYC welcomes donations of products or services, such as outdoor kitchen equipment, photography, and outdoor gear for our staff working in gardens or Greenmarket.
Sponsorship opportunities include branded Greenmarket Bucks, Governors Island Teaching Garden, School Garden Mini-Grants, Summer Greenmarket events, and more.
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.
GrowNYC has many opportunities for individuals 18 and over to dig in and improve New York Cityâ€™s environment block by block: leading cooking demos at Greenmarkets, teaching others the recycling rules, and more.
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