GrowNYC School Gardens (formerly Grow to Learn)

GrowNYC School Gardens (formerly Grow to Learn)
Organization Name:
GrowNYC School Gardens (formerly Grow to Learn)
Primary Address 1:
100 Gold Street
Primary Address 2:
Suite 3300
Primary Address City:
New York
Primary Address State:
Primary Address Zip:
Long Organization Description:

GrowNYC School Gardens inspires, promotes, and promotes the creation of a sustainable school garden in every K-12 Department of Education public school or charter school that wants one across New York City.

Organization Website Address:
Organization Phone Number:
(212) 788-7900
Director, Manager or CEO (First Name):
Kristin Fields
How do customers and clients contact your organization?:
Email, Telephone
Interesting Fact About the Organization:
-To date, we have helped over 800 schools in all five boroughs start or expand school gardens.
-We offer between 30 – 40 workshops and giveaways to school gardeners per year.
Community members (approx.):
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Year Started:
Organization Type:
Community Advocacy, Garden Education, Nutrition Education, Urban Agriculture
About the Organization:
We work with schools to ensure that gardens are sustainable teaching resources in the long term, responsive to each individual community’s vision and needs, and transformative for student learning in the cafeteria, classroom, and beyond. New York City schools have a big and important job. We need them to be places of learning, helping to prepare our children to be a next generation of productive and positive citizens. But we also need schools to be healthy spaces, concerned with what our kids eat and how they are active. We need them to be connected to our families and communities, helping to bring together diverse groups of people around one central mission of student development. We need them to support our students to learn how to be friends and collaborators, to empathize with others, to be good leaders, to make contributions. For these reasons and many more, we believe that school gardens can be incredible tools for schools looking to develop the kind of holistic programming and real world connections they need to meet the varied needs of their students.
Latest Project:
-Funding every fall in the form of Mini-Grants of $500-$2,000
-Materials for free, such as: seeds, seedlings, soil, lumber, compost, mulch, and tools for registered schools
-Technical Help through skill-building workshops; garden builds; one-on-one support through site visits, phone calls, and email
-A Citywide Network that brings together partnerships and resources into one convenient, central location for school gardeners
-And Advocacy to build citywide support for school gardens
Mission Statement:
GrowNYC School Gardens is the citywide school gardens initiative for New York City. Established in 2010 by GrowNYC and the Mayor’s Fund, our program is managed today through a partnership between GrowNYC, the NYC Parks Department’s Green Thumb division, and the Department of Education’s Office of School Food. Grow to Learn provides ongoing resources, technical assistance, and training to support gardens in NYC schools.
Areas Served:
Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens
Core Programs:
School garden support programming, nutrition and seasonality education
Major Issues:
School Gardens
Urban Agriculture
Garden Education
Community Gardens
Nutrition Education
Food Justice
We have and or use Social Media?:
Yes, we do have social media.
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