New York Restoration Project is accepting applications for the Spring–Fall 2016 growing season at the Riley-Levin Children’s Garden in Swindler Cove in Upper Manhattan. Now in its fourth year, the program is open to community groups wishing to engage children and/or young adults in garden projects but may otherwise lack access to adequate green space. While NYRP provides resources such as beds, tools, seeds/plants, and some programming assistance, groups are responsible for creating and leading their own projects throughout the season. NYRP places priority on groups based in Northern Manhattan. We are, however, open to citywide programs so long as they can commit to a minimum of 4 hours per month in their plots.
Past groups have used their beds to engage students as young as 3 in outdoor gardening. While some focus their attention on urban vegetable gardening, others have used the space to supplement school curriculum or expose students to nature. Beds can be transformed into herb and vegetable gardens, cut-flower gardens, or even pollinator gardens to feed beneficial insects like butterflies.
Any groups interested in applying for a plot in the Riley-Levin Children’s Garden should do so by Sunday, February 7 at 11:59PM. Applications are online at https://www.nyrp.org/about/programs/urban-agriculture/request-a-garden-plot-at-riley-levin-childrens-garden.