Protect the Earth: Gardens


PFP (Partmerships for Parks) is now accepting applications for the next Capacity Fund grant round – due June 1, 2015. The Capacity Fund grant is an opportunity for new and established groups to receive support for their long-term stewardship of neighborhood parks. Project proposals can include, but are not limited to, producing outreach materials, building a new website, purchasing plants and tools for a stewardship project, or hosting art or music events in your green space. Please review our grant guidelines. To learn more about how to craft a successful proposal, register now for an informational conference call on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:00 pm. You can also request an individual consultation between April – May 22 to review your project proposal.

Via Verde Rooftop Gardens
Rooftop gardens dissipate heat and absorb rainwater runoff while providing opportunities for active gardening, fruit and vegetable cultivation, relaxation and social gathering. – Read more about Via Verde apartments located in the Melrose section of the Bronx.

The benefits to students range from changing eating habits to improving test scores to changing attitudes.  Visit us to find out everything you will need to know.

grownyc-logo-2Whether your school garden is in the planning stage, is being built, or is already up and growing, it’s important to register with Grow to Learn NYC, the Citywide School Gardens Initiative. That’s because by registering you can also apply for a Grow to Learn NYC MiniGrant, and become eligible to receive materials and expert assistance from GreenThumb.

When you register, your school and garden will also be connected to all the other gardens in the city, possibly featured in our Success Stories section and become a part of the growing School Garden Community.Follow this link to our registration page. By filling out one, easy on-line form, you’ll do three important things:

1) Register with Grow to Learn NYC.
2) Apply for a Grow to Learn NYC Mini-Grant.
3) Become eligible for GreenThumb materials and assistance

Find all GreenThumbNYC Garden Events and Workshops for May listed here…

There are over 70 community gardens which have been built or rejuvinated across New York City By GrowNYC.  Once vacant land, now vibrant civic spaces.


The Root has written about 7 Urban Farmers You Should Know. Nicole l. Cvetnic says “These African Americans are making black the new green.”

“What began with community gardens has grown into a movement. Urban farming has a positive impact in neighborhoods with limited access to produce, and it is on the rise in cities across the United States. Urban farming creates jobs, beautifies blocks, provides access to healthy food and connects the community. Here are seven (of many) African Americans taking the lead in the field of urban agriculture.” Of the 7 farmers, two are from The Bronx.  If you don’t know them, here they are:  Karen Washington, Co-founder of La Familia Verde and co-founder of Black Urban Growers, and Tanya Fields, Executive director of the BLK ProjeK.  Read more…

The Professional Development Institutes of The New York Botanical Garden are holding a series of programs for teachers to learn how to make teaching fun through field-tested hands-on inquiry-based activities.  Striving to deliver innovative and interactive programs for teachers that help you bring the world of plants to your students in fun and exciting ways, we invite you to read more here…

Stevem Ritz Green Bronx MachineTeachers change lives. Plant by plant, classroom by classroom, Green Bronx Machine is improving outcomes and changing destinies. Bronx educator Stephen Ritz  classroom featured the first edible wall in the NYC DOE which routinely generates enough produce to feed 450 students healthy meals and trains the youngest nationally certified workforce in America.  Stephen was a top 10 finalist for the Global Teacher Prize, the Nobel Prize of teaching and received more than the funding he asked to help build the National Health and Wellness Center at PS 55 in the South Bronx; an innovative and engaging wonderland where students and teachers can grow their way and work towards a brighter future.

Brook Park Community GardenDo you want to get out of the city but don’t have much time?  Visit a community garden for a respite of calm and peace. gothamist names their 10 favorites in NYC here…



edible MANHATTAN:  GrowNYC Added 40,000 s.f. of Green Space to NYC in 2014

edible MANHATTAN: GrowNYC Added 40,000 s.f. of Green Space to NYC in 2014


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