January 2023


Teacher Tuesday: Defining Environmental Justice

ZWS Virtual Workshop

January 17, 2023, 4 to 4:45 pm

Teacher Tuesday launches this month with a Defining Environmental Justice resource share for educators. In this virtual workshop, we will demo lessons and then give teachers access to our suite of Environmental Justice resources.


Waste-Free Wednesday: Worm Bin Workshop & Giveaway!

ZWS Virtual Workshop

January 25, 2023, 10 to 10:45 am

Want to learn how to compost at home or at school? We will have a vermi-compost demo and explore the question "What is the problem with Food Waste?" Workshop is for elementary students and giveaway is for Bronx public schools only.


Cómo iniciar una huerta escolar

taller virtual

January 25, 2023, 4 to 5 PM

¿Quiere iniciar o reiniciar una huerta o espacio de aprendizaje al aire libre en su escuela? Únase al equipo de GrowNYC School Gardens para aprender los pasos y preparar la huerta escolar para éxito.


Root Camp Curriculum Orientation

Virtual Workshop

February 2, 2023, 4 to 5 PM

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. The workshop will provide an overview to the program, curriculum and provide time for Q & A .


It's Seed Starting Time!

Virtual Workshop

February 7, 2023 4 to 5 PM

Join us for this virtual workshop on how to start your seeds indoors. We'll walk you through the steps of how to begin, including proper timing and planting care, supplies you will need and the process of germination all the way through transplanting into your garden.


GrowNYC School Garden

Drop-In Hour

Virtual Workshop

March 1, 2023 3:30 to 4:30 PM

Do you want to create or re-start a school garden or outdoor classroom at your school? 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.


2023 GrowNYC Garden Series

Virtual Workshops

March 27-30, 2023 4 to 5 PM

Join us for 4 interactive virtual gardening workshops. Each workshop (lineup coming soon) will feature a presentation and an interactive audience Q&A at the end. You can choose which workshops to tune into (or join us for all 4)!


School Gardens Seed Giveaway

We are happy to share that we have many seeds to distribute to DOE K-12 public schools in NYC! This year, we have a wide selection of vegetables, herbs, and flowers to choose from. Each school can get 15 packets of seeds (potentially more depending on demand).


  • You must be a DOE K-12 public or charter school in NYC
  • You must have an up-to-date school registration with GrowNYC
  • Register here on our website
  • Email schoolgardens@grownyc.org for help with registration.


  • Submit this form by April 21st, 2023
Get Free Seeds

Zero Waste Schools

We are very pleased to be continuing our work with Bronx schools this year. We are wrapping the fall cohort of schools newly converted to Curbside Composting, and we are preparing to begin supporting the Spring cohort of schools. Here's a special shout out to Dean Richards and the J.H.S. 131 Green Team. More Bronx progress below. 

These tilt trucks are chained together for security.

The 2022-2023 ZWS Youth Leadership Council is in full effect

Custodial staffer paints the curb outside his school for tidy waste set out.

Custodian Engineer prominently posts his school's set out schedule.

Members of the ZWS Team plan educational engagement.

The school staffer models proper sorting for his students.

Check out Zero Waste Schools in the press below!


NY1 Spanish Version



Teaching Garden on Governors Island

The Teaching Garden has been put to rest for the winter season. We can't wait to resume programming in the Spring. Sign up on Explorable Places to join our waitlist so you and your classroom or club can join us in 2023. 

Curriculum Spotlight

GrowNYC is partnering with Ample Table for Everyone to offer Root Camp, a free 10-lesson curriculum on nutrition and food awareness. Root Camp is targeted at upper elementary and middle school students and is easily adaptable for other groups. It has been successful in D75 schools as well.


Root Camp features a cooking demo in each lesson. Along with the curriculum, GrowNYC provides cooking supplies and a stipend to eligible schools.

To learn more about the program, attend our upcoming virtual orientation on February 2nd, 4-5 PM - sign up Here

Root Camp Information

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 schoolgardens@grownyc.org

Check out our School Garden Guides and register!

Register with GrowNYC Here

Grant Opportunities

Grants for school garden and sustainability projects:

Apples 4 Education Deadline: January 25, 2023

CCNY All In Neighborhood Grants Deadline: January 30, 2023

Clif Family Foundation Small Grant Deadline: February 1, 2023

Catskill Watershed Corporation & NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection Watershed Education Grant Deadline: February 3, 2023

KidsGardening GroMoreGood Grassroots Grant Deadline: February 10, 2023

The City Garden Club of NYC Grant Deadline: February 15, 2023

Robert F. Shuman Foundation Grant Deadline: February 28, 2023

Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant Deadline: March 1, 2023

NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation free Tree Seedlings Deadline: March 31, 2023

Green Our Planet Deadline: Rolling

EcoRise Student Innovation Fund Always open

Little Tree Huggers Grant Deadline: Rolling

Hudson Valley Seed Co Seed Donations Deadline: Rolling

Future Farmers of America Grants Deadline: Rolling

From Our Partners


The 2022-2023 Winter Program Guide is posted! Find out about GreenThumb workshops, webinars, and special events, like the 39th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference.


Register for KidsGardening's webinar on January 19th, titled "Principles of Culturally Responsive Garden Education: Honoring Diversity and Inclusion."

KidsGardening has newly published a Seeds for Success Toolkit that is filled with resources to create and sustain a school garden. Check it out!

National Wildlife Federation

Explore this downloadable guide, to help you and your students meet 10 hours of climate and justice education in one school year as part of the #Teach10Hours4Climate in 2022.

NYC Department of Mental Health & Hygiene

The Rat Academy of the NYC Dept. of Mental Health and Hygiene is hosting 3 virtual Rat Academy training sessions.

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.

Red Hook Farms

Red Hook Farms is accepting applications for their paid teen apprenticeship Youth Farmers Program. Deadline to apply is February 1, 2023.

School Garden Support Organization Network

SGSON has three upcoming webinars for 2023.

Jobs at GrowNYC

Interested in joining the GrowNYC team?

Visit our Careers page for more info.

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