March 2022
Virtual Events

GrowNYC School Garden
Drop-In Hour
Virtual Workshop
Tuesday, March 22 @ 3pm

Work with the GrowNYC school gardens team to discuss, trouble-shoot, envision, or plan your school garden.

Women and the Environment
Virtual Workshop for Students
Friday, March 25 @ 10am
Join ZWS for a workshop on the notable women trailblazers who have contributed to the environmental movement. Participants will be provided access to a curated resource folder containing the lesson on Women on the Environment.

Building Emotional Resilience Against Climate Distress
Virtual Workshop
Thursday, April 28 @ 4:30pm

Join us for a conversation with NYC high school students and a climate-aligned psychologist about climate anxiety.

Program Spotlight: Gardens At NYCHA
In December 2020, GrowNYC began the journey to reimagine outdoor spaces in public housing communities. We proudly & collectively launched Gardens at NYCHA in the Bronx and in Brooklyn. Coordinating with NYCHA Residents, senior centers, NYC public schools, vendors, and community partners, we usher in the future of green spaces as community hubs. These community hubs highlight creativity, safety, outdoor learning, inclusion and offer newly imagined, elevated green spaces for NYCHA residents. Keep an eye out for our virtual workshop during the Beginner Gardener Intensive where we'll talk about using Gardens as Community Hubs. The BGI will be virtually held May 31-June 3 and will be announced soon on our Eventbrite page.

You can join us all season long at Castle Hill Houses, Melrose Houses & Bushwick Houses, where we’ll be growing food and community. You can also follow us on Instagram for Community Announcements, Garden Education, Farmer Spotlights, Community Learning, Grow Day opportunities, and more! For more information reach out to GrowNYC Garden Coordinators: Chantel Kemp & DK Kinard  

Follow-us on IG: @castlehillgarden @2melrosegarden @bushwickgarden
Greenmarket Tours

Empower your students with advocacy in time for Earth month! Apply for the last session of the school year to receive free hands-on support from one of our talented outreach coordinators. They will help you and your students design and execute waste audits, build an awareness campaign, as well as support your school's cleaning and kitchen staff on recycling and composting set up.

Session 5 runs from April 25 - June 3.
Teaching Garden Field Trips
Spring field trips to the teaching garden are fully booked! Feel free to join our waitlist on Explorable Places if you would like to be notified of any cancellations. Our staff are starting to get the garden ready for students who will be visiting soon.
Outdoor Classroom/School Garden Supplies
We have compiled an evolving list of currently known DOE vendors that provide items related to furnishing and/or equipping an outdoor classroom/school garden and a list of garden supplies found in ShopDOE. Click on the links below to find your school garden needs.

*GrowNYC School Gardens does not endorse any one company listed here. Companies listed here are for information sharing purposes only.
GrowNYC's Annual Plant Sale
GrowNYC's Annual Plant Sale is back for spring 2022! The plant sale is an opportunity to provide community groups with perennial and annual flowering plants, herbs, and vegetables from Greenmarket farmers at wholesale prices. Plants are for neighborhood open space projects only (e.g. community gardens, schools, block associations, churches, etc.) and may be sold to raise other funds. To find more information on pickup locations and ordering, click the button below. Order deadline Friday, April 8th.
Instant Pot Special Giveaway
GrowNYC has a limited quantity of Instant Pots to distribute to GrowNYC registered schools who can use them for nutrition education and garden cooking purposes and to community food access organizations offering free hot meals. If you are a school or community organization interested in picking up an Instant Pot at our office in downtown Manhattan, please email to schedule a pick up time. Include your school/organization name.
Grant Opportunities
Grants for school garden and sustainability projects:
All In Neighborhood Grant Deadline: Rolling
Karma 4 Cara Deadline: Rolling
Ioby Crowdfund Matching Deadline: Rolling
Monarch Watch Free Milkweed Deadline: Rolling
EcoRise Grants Always open
From Our Partners
Butterfly Project NYC Native Plant Share
May 7, 2022 from 11am - 1pm
If you are a NYC community gardener, school gardener, or other NYC-based public green space steward, save the date to participate in the annual Native Plant Share. The free plants will be available for pick up during select time slots at the Grove Hill Playground Community Garden, Eagle Avenue and 158th Street in the Bronx. Registration link will be available soon.

The annual City Nature Challenge is encouraging all New Yorkers to help make as many iNaturalist observations as we can to document the city's biodiversity. More info here.

Cornell's College of Agriculture is hiring two positions to work with NYC high school teachers: Agricultural Education/FFA Specialist and New York Agriculture in the Classroom Urban Educator. Click on the respective links for the job description and application.

The NYC Department of Sanitation is excited to announce that, after a 2-year hiatus, the Zero Waste School Awards are back! Your public school’s sustainability project could be an award winner of cash prizes of up to $1,500, giveaways, and recognition for your school. Learn more about the 4 different contests schools can enter here.
Deadline is Friday, May 6 @ 5pm 

Edible Schoolyard NYC has published their upcoming free in-person and virtual spring workshop series. For registration and more info on all the workshops, visit their webpage at Professional Development Workshops.

Book a virtual community science field trip for grades 5-12! Trips are free for schools that are located in the Gowanus watershed and New York State Environmental Justice areas in Brooklyn (see map here)
More info and schedule your trips here.

Gowanus Green Team by Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Gowanus Green Team is a paid 3-month, outdoor environmental stewardship program for high school sophomores and juniors. Youth apprentices will learn about our local environment, explore green infrastructure, horticulture, urban forestry, marine life, urban design, environmental careers, and more.
More info and application here.

Calling all youth: apply to the 2022 NYC Parks GreenThumb Youth Leadership Council (YLC)! Registration is now open for this opportunity for youth ages 14-21 to volunteer at a GreenThumb community garden during the spring and summer. Visit the website and you will be matched with a local community garden. Deadline to apply is April 15.

March 31, 2022 from noon - 1pm Free Virtual Webinar:
Design your Garden to Attract Pollinators
with Ursula Chanse and Chrissy Word
In partnership with Bronx Green-Up & City Parks Foundation, this free, virtual webinar will focus on NYC's local pollinators and native plants and how to create and maintain gardens to attract and support them.
RSVP with "Pollinators" in the subject heading.

Kids Gardening has launched a new webinar series for spring 2022: Growing School Food Gardens. Click here for dates of upcoming webinars and for registration.

National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference is being held this June 28-July 1 in Saratoga Spring, NY. This is a professional development conference for teaching through food systems. Full scholarships ($900 value) are available to Pre-K - 12 teachers across the state. Visit their website to learn more on the conference and the scholarships: National Agriculture in the Classroom

NYC Parks along with NYC Arbor Day Committee and John Bowne High School Tree Nursery are giving away free trees and shrubs to any schools and community groups for the Arbor Day Project. Request a catalog and order here.

Urban Park Rangers are full of knowledge about history, astronomy, animals, plants, and more. Attend a Ranger-led event with your family and see how much fun learning can be! Click here for upcoming events.

The NYC Pollinator Working Group is having their Spring 2022 meeting on
Thursday, March 24, from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.

NYRP's Gardens for the City (GFTC) program helps transform New York City community gardens by providing materials, horticultural knowledge, environmental education, labor, and expertise. To apply to have your garden renovated, visit the NYRP websiteApplications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please note due to the high volume of applications, all future GFTC inquiries will be considered for 2023.

St. Nicks Alliance is recruiting youth ages 18 to 24 for their free 5-week Urban Greenscaping program where they will receive OSHA-30, OSHA Forklift Operator training, and a Brooklyn Botanic Garden Horticulture Intensive certification. For more information contact Melanie Martin at (718) 302-2057 Ext. 409 /
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