School gardens need continual investment of time, materials, and funding. Grow to Learn provides lots of materials for your garden program for free, and there are lots of other organizations around NYC that provide physical materials for your garden for no or low cost.


School Sustainability Project Grants

The DOE Office of Sustainability is proud to offer NYC public schools the opportunity to apply for a mini-grant to start or complete a sustainability project at your school! The project should focus on at least one of Sustainability’s pillars to improve recycling efforts, conserve energy, reduce water consumption, enhance sustainability education, and build green […]

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BIG Reuse – BIG! Blooms and BIG! Gives Back

We love BIG Reuse for their treasure trove of salvaged materials and reclaimed scaffolding lumber, but did you know that they give discounts to non-profits, donate lumber to community and school gardens and directly support selected organizations to help fufill their goals? Find out more how BIG Reuse can help you realize your garden goals!

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Free Trees for Arbor Day!

Grow-Out Nursery at Johne Bowne HS is giving away free Arbor Day trees! If you would like to order trees for your school, park, community garden or center, contact: Nancy Wolf ARBOR DAY PROJECT COORDINATOR (718) 834-4589 Please submit your orders by April 12th, 2016.

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Free Milkweed Seeds from Save Our Monarchs

Save Our Monarchs Foundation is giving away up to three free milkweed seed packets to help protect Monarch butterflies’ only food source and expand their habitats. Request free seed packets through their website and learn more about these beneficial insects!

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Free Trees from Million Trees NYC and NYRP

Million Trees NYC and the New York Restoration Project have planted one million trees in New York City! But they’re not stopping there. Check out Million Trees NYC’s tree giveaway events to receive a free tree for your school gardens! Million Trees also hosts many tree care and pruning workshops to ensure your trees grow […]

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Free Lumber and Soil from Green Thumb

We know that maintaining your outdoor garden can feel like a full-time job, and constantly replenishing your soil and repairing your raised beds can get expensive. By attending certain Grow to Learn workshops with the Parks Department’s Green Thumb staff, registered school gardens are eligible to request free soil, compost, mulch and lumber deliveries from […]

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Recycled lumber and other goods at Build It Green

Not sure where to source your lumber for garden projects?  Looking for a window for your cold frames? Saw a cool bathtub planter on Pinterest, but have no idea where to get a bathtub in New York City? Build It Green! has everything you need!  BIG is New York City’s only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged […]

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