November 2022


Garden Lessons Aligned with Core Curriculum Content

In-Person Event

Wednesday, Nov 16 @ 4:30 PM

Join GrowNYC and Edible Schoolyard NYC as we present ways to teach science, social studies, ELA, and math in the school garden. The workshop will take place at PS 7 in Harlem. 


Youth Workforce Development

Virtual Workshops

Every Tuesday @ 5PM

GrowNYC’s Youth Workforce Development program provides work experience and professional development for young people.

Open to ages of 16-19 and those who work with youth.


DOE Sustainability Project Grant

The NYC DOE Office of Sustainability is excited to launch their 7th annual Sustainability Project Grant! The grant is an opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 funding to support achievable and impactful sustainability projects at your school, including indoor or outdoor gardens! 

There is a grant info session on Nov 3rd at 3:30pm. You can sign up here.

Grant Application:

The deadline to apply is November 14, 2022

GrowNYC School Gardens is partnering with the DOE Office of Sustainability to support schools who want to apply for a garden grant. Please reach out to if interested.

GrowNYC Curricula Spotlight

Farmstand Business Curriculum

This is a 12-lesson curriculum is specifically designed for NYC high school students. It empowers school communities to take a meaningful look at our food system, while allowing students to learn real-world business skills.

Food Justice Curriculum

Our 8 lesson curriculum engages and empowers high school youth on topics of food justice in their communities and how they can create meaningful change.

Root Camp Curriculum

Root Camp is a 10 lesson curriculum for older elementary and middle schoolers that includes discussions around the connection between food and well-being, food justice, criteria for making decisions, and the rationale for shopping locally and in season.

All curricula are free for NYC DOE K-12 schools!

Teaching Garden on Governor's Island

The teaching garden has one month left of fall field trips! Students are cover cropping the garden and putting it to rest for the winter. Please join our waitlist so your school can visit us in the spring. 

Sign up on Explorable Places.

Zero Waste Schools

Curbside Composting

We are thrilled to announce that Curbside Composting (aka Organics Collection) is expanding! This year, all DOE K-12 schools in the Bronx will switch to Curbside Composting Collection service, either in the fall (starting Oct 17) or spring (starting Mar 6).

These Bronx schools will join over 850 other DOE schools already receiving daily collections of food waste and food soiled paper from the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY). And just like we've done for schools for the last 10 years, GrowNYC ZWS will help all the new Bronx enrolled schools achieve Zero Waste goals through education, training, and support. We'll be there to help folks figure out how to sort food waste and food soiled paper along with metals, glass, cartons and hard plastics in the cafeterias.

Register Your School Garden

All DOE K-12 public and charter schools can register with GrowNYC School Gardens. Once you register, you'll have access to our free programming, supplies, and technical assistance from our team. 

If you've registered your school in the past, make sure it's up to date - you must renew your registration each year in order to be eligible for upcoming giveaways and opportunities. 

Questions about registration? Email

Check out our School Garden Guides and register!

Register with GrowNYC Here
Grant Opportunities
Grants for school garden and sustainability projects:

SeedMoney Deadline: Nov 12, 2022

DOE Sustainability Project Grant Deadline: Nov 14, 2022

CitizensNYC All in the Neighborhood Grant Deadline: Nov 16, 2022

Kids Gardening Youth Garden Grant Deadline: Dec 2, 2022

Aldi Cares Community Grants Deadline: December 15, 2022

Little Tree Huggers Grant Deadline: Rolling

Karma 4 Cara Deadline: Rolling

Hudson Valley Seed Co Seed Donations Deadline: Rolling

Herman's Garden Seed Donation Program Deadline: Rolling

Ioby Crowdfund Matching Deadline: Rolling

Future Farmers of America Grants Deadline: Rolling

Monarch Watch Free Milkweed Deadline: Rolling

EcoRise Student Innovation Fund Always open

From Our Partners

School Garden Sustainability Survey

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin with support from the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation created a survey to evaluate school gardens. After taking the survey, you will be provided with a synthesis of the survey in the form of a scorecard, which will showcase areas that are strong and areas that can be improved - complete with resources, guidance and advice on how to do so. Teachers, administrators, and staff that are working in a school that has a garden of any kind can take the survey.

iDig2Learn Pumpkin Smash

On November 5th from 11am-2pm on Roosevelt Island, Manhattan Park, you can bring your old pumpkins to compost them, so they won't haunt the landfill!

NY Sun Works

NY Sun Works offers professional development opportunities for DOE staff as well as info sessions about bringing hydroponics to your classroom. They are hosting Election Day PDs on November 8th.

Gowanus Canal Conservancy Field Trips

Students in grades 5-12 can book a field trip and investigate the Gowanus Canal’s water health.

GreenThumb Workshops

GreenThumb has a slew of workshops this month offering expertise in a variety of gardening topics. Check out their events page for a workshop that suits you.

GreenThumb T-Shirt Design Contest

GreenThumb is accepting submissions for their 2023 GrowTogether T-Shirt Design Contest. The winning artwork will appear on the 2023 GrowTogether t-shirts, worn by hundreds of gardeners all over the city.


NYBG Grounds-only admission is now free for all Bronx residents every day the Garden is open, all year round! Bring your I.D. with proof of residency to any ticket booth to get your tickets. Learn more about NYBG’s Community Access Programs.

NYC Parks and the Urban Park Rangers

The Urban Park Rangers host fun and family-friendly events at parks across the city. Schools can schedule hands-on trips through their Natural Classroom program.

Rat Academy Trainings

Free trainings by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and various sponsors to learn about rat prevention methods.

Rat Academy for Community Gardeners:

Jobs at GrowNYC

Interested in joining the GrowNYC team?

Visit our Careers page for more info.

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