December 2021
Virtual Events
Digging the Scope and Sequence
Virtual Workshop
Wednesday, January 19th @ 4pm
Join us for this virtual workshop on teaching in the garden and aligning activities with the scope and sequence for science, social studies, and math.


School Garden Drop-In Hour
Virtual Workshop
Wednesday, January 25th @ 3pm
Work with the GrowNYC school garden team to discuss, trouble-shoot, envision, or plan your school garden during this virtual drop in co-working event.


Root Camp Curriculum Intro
Virtual Workshop
Thursday, February 10th @ 4pm
This event is for teachers and educators involved in NYC DOE K-12 schools who are looking to bring nutrition education and basic cooking demos to their classrooms.


Rain, Rain, Go Away: Rain Gardens in NYC
Virtual Workshop
Wednesday, February 16th @ 4pm
Join GrowNYC School Gardens as we learn what plants to use and how to build a rain garden in NYC.


We offer a free 6 weeks, on-the-ground recycling and composting support session to your entire school community. Every school we partner with receives:

  • in-person & remote site visits
  • classroom lessons and acivities
  • training for teachers, as well as custodial crew and kitchen staff
  • student education (including Waste Deep, worm workshops and more
  • student monitor training
  • a tailored action plan
  • technical support to ensure schools are sorting recyclables, trash, and food scraps correctly.

Upcoming Sessions:
January 10 - February 18, 2022
February 28 - April 8, 2022
Outdoor Classroom/School Garden Supplies
This is an evolving list of currently known DOE vendors that provide items related to furnishing and/or equipping an outdoor classroom/school garden and represents information shared with GrowNYC from NYC Department of Education teachers. If you know of a company that is a DOE vendor and provides equipment for this purpose, but is not listed, please send an email schoolgardens@grownyc.org to share the information so we can add it to the list.

*GrowNYC School Gardens does not endorse any one company listed here. Companies listed here are for information sharing purposes only. 
Apply for Root Camp
GrowNYC is partnering with Ample Table for Everyone to bring their Root Camp Curriculum to our middle schools during the 2021-2022 school year. 

Root Camp is comprised of 10 lessons that include discussions around the connection between food and well-being, food justice, criteria for making decisions, and the rationale for shopping locally and in season. Students will engage their senses, brainstorm and discuss, and complete activities.


In Case You Missed It
Recent highlights from our Distance Learning site:
Fruit Tree Care: An Intro!
Virtual workshop
from November 9th
Learn the basics on growing fruit trees: fertilization, pollination, pruning, best species for growing in containers versus in the ground, and other general maintenance needs.

Food Justice Intro
Virtual workshop
from November 16th
See an overview of the 8-lesson curriculum and tips for how to facilitate the lessons.



Grant Spotlights
Citizens Committee of New York City (CitizensNYC) and The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) are awarding up to $2,000 in mini-grants to public school Green Team projects. The mini-grants fund materials, basic equipment, and other items needed to make NYC Public School Green Team projects happen.

Application (coming soon!) closes at 5pm on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

Information Sessions:
Jan 11, 2021 at 3:30PM Register in advance for this meeting here.
Jan 19, 2021 at 3:30PM Register in advance for this meeting here.

The City Gardens Club of New York City is offering a grant ranging from $500 to $1,500 for projects that bring beauty of the natural world into the lives of children and adults in all five boroughs of New York City and to sponsor educational programs that help citizens:
  • develop appreciation and knowledge of nature
  • learn gardening skills
  • support the preservation and improvement of the city’s environment

Deadline: February 15, 2022 @ 11:59pm More info and apply here.
Other Grant Opportunities
Grants for school garden and sustainability projects:
From Our Partners
The GreenThumb Youth Leadership Council (YLC) is an opportunity for youth ages 14-21 to volunteer at a community garden during the spring and summer.
Participants will learn firsthand from community gardeners how to maintain and grow a healthy garden in-person. Youth will also work on a project in the garden that will involve gaining skills such as carpentry, composting, environmental stewardship, community organizing, and event management.

Participating in the YLC is a great way to make a positive impact in the community, earn community service hours, make friends, learn new skills, and have fun!

To apply: Visit the website and you will be matched with a local community garden. Scroll down to the very bottom of the page and in the “Choose a YLC to apply for” dropdown menu, select Green Thumb (it’s the last one listed).

The 38th Annual Green Thumb GrowTogether Conference is taking place this coming Februrary! The conference is planned as a two-part series: Virtual panels and webinars will be hosted for a week in February and hands-on workshops and activities will take place in the spring in multiple community gardens. The theme of the conference is Deeply Rooted: Growing Community Connections. Submit a workshop proposal by January 3, 2022 and/or a T-shirt design by December 20, 2021 for the T-shirt design contest.

January 20, 2022 from 1-2:15pm
NYC DOE Office of Sustainability is hosting their second annual Partner Engagement Forum! This event features over a dozen partner organizations from across the city. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about resources, discuss engagement strategies and walk away with tools for their classroom. This event is for DOE employees.

For ideas and resources designed to support you in using the outdoors for learning, Green Schoolyards America has an extensive collection of practical, "how-to" resources for free. Find them in their National Outdoor Learning Library 
Food Access and More
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