About Grow to Learn NYC

The Citywide School Garden Initiative

The Citywide School Garden Initiative was established in 2010 as a public-private partnership between the Mayor’s Fund, GrowNYC, and several government agency partners. The Mayor's Fund, GrowNYCNYC Department of Parks and Recreation's GreenThumb division, and Department of Education's Office of SchoolFood manage day-to-day operations, providing a centralized location for coordinating fundraising, management, training and promotion of the Citywide School Garden Initiative's efforts throughout New York City.

Our efforts are focused on coordination, collaboration and communication with government agencies, non-profits, private corporations, teachers, schools, parents, kids and individuals who impact or want to support public school gardens. We do this with the support and help of our Steering Committee, Initiative Partners and Initiative Sponsors.

We recognize that school garden programs come in many sizes, shapes and locations including classrooms, schoolyards, rooftops, and in partnership with urban farms or community gardens.

Our goal is to see that every New York City public school student has the opportunity to get their hands into the soil -- and learn and grow. 

The Grow to Learn NYC Steering Committee is an interagency collaboration and coordination between public and private organizations and is key for developing and sustaining successful school gardens.  This committee will establish a cooperative structure to reduce the technical, financial, and bureaucratic constraints that inhibit school gardens, and work in partnership with educators, non-profits and private companies to share information, develop best practices, provide resources and avoid duplicative efforts.


Grow to Learn NYC Initiative Partners
are committed to supporting our goals through a shared vision, technical assistance and rich educational and gardening resources.  These relationships encourage cross-pollination of ideas, spurring innovation, creativity and community.

Grow To Learn NYC Sponsors make all our work possible in part through their generous gifts and support of New York City School Gardens.