July Events and Workshops

If you have an upcoming event you'd like us to include, please let us know at growtolearn@grownyc.org

Essex Street Community Garden Workshop: Build a Sifter for Finished Compost
Tuesday, July 8th, 6-8pm


GreenThumb Workshop: Native Edible and Medicinal Plants

Wednesday, July 9th, 5:30-7pm
Location: Walt L. Shemal Garden. Dean St. in between Franklin and Bedford. Brooklyn

Cost: Free

Are you curious to learn about increasing health and wellness through nutrition and herbal medicine? If so, this workshop is for you! 

Please join Jacoby Ballard from Just Food and GreenThumb Staff as we explore and discuss the uses of many native edibles and medicinal plants in our gardens. RSVP required




City Chicken Institute BK: Introduction to Urban Chicken Keeping

Thursday, July 10th, 5:30-7:15pm

Location: Imani Community Garden, 87 - 91 Schenectady Ave, Brooklyn

Cost: Free

Visit our chicken coop and learn about the health and wellness benefits of raising your own flock in an urban setting. 



East New York Farms Workshop: Beginner Composting Workshop         

Saturday, July 12th, 10am-12pm

Location: UCC Youth Farm. 620 Schenck Avenue, Brooklyn

Cost: Free 

Learn the basics of turning vegetables scraps, leaves and more into gold for your garden! We will talk about composting and tour the UCC Farm systems. Free bag of compost for the first 10 workshop attendees. 



Bronx Food and Farms Trolley Tour: Independent Spirit

Saturday, July 12th,10am-2pm 

Location: 153rd Street and Macombs Dam Park, Bronx (Outside the Metro-North Yankee Stadium station).

Cost: $30,  payable by cash or a check made out to La Familia Verde, with proceeds going directly to support the Bronx community gardens and urban farms you visit.


This tour will feature some of the Bronx's community-led food and garden projects. Our first stop is Padre Plaza Success Community Garden, where gardeners grow and cook healthy food, sell produce at their seasonal farmers' market and teach others about gardening in the community. We will have lunch at the Waterfront Garden in Soundview, an apt stop on City of Water Day. Finally, we will visit La Finca del Sur Urban Farm, a women-led, non-profit farm and community for food, family, gardening and fun.


Tour Guide: Dior Doward

Please arrive at station between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.  Please call 718 817-8026 for details.

Registration is required. Please RSVP to bronxfoodsummit@gmail.com



GreenThumb Workshop: Creative Garden Design and Native Plant Giveaway 

Thursday, July 17th, 5-7pm 

Location: Carolina Community Garden. 121 East 122nd Street, Manhattan  

Cost: Free

Have you ever wanted to do something different than the same old 4-by-8-foot wooden raised bed to create a new planting space? Join Edie Kean, Landscape Architect and GreenThumb Staff as we explore the basic elements and best practices of designing planting spaces for your garden. This will include a number of topics, from selecting the right space to adapting your design to the elements and working with found objects or inexpensive materials.

Attendees may be invited to participate in helping to enhance a new planting space at the host garden. RSVP required.


East New York Farms Workshop: Pest and Weed Management 

Saturday, July 19th, 12pm - 4pm

Location: 590 Schenck Avenue, Brooklyn 

Cost: Free

A conversation about what pests and weeds are causing problems and what techniques have worked in your garden. Free Row cover, and other weed and pest prevention tools. 


How Much Does Your Garden Grow?

Saturday, July 19th, 10 - 11:30am

Location: Leave It Better Kids' Garden. Corner of West Tremont and Grand Avenues, across the street from MS 331, Bronx.

Cost: Free

Learn to keep track of how much you grow! Youth gardeners at the Leave It Better Kids' Garden will show you how it's done by harvesting and weighing garlic and other mature crops. Participants will receive a record-keeping toolkit, courtesy of the Design Trust for Public Space. Registration for this workshop is required. Please email  bronxgreenup@nybg.org or call 718.817.8026.   




Weed ID Workshop 

Saturday, July 19th, 12 - 1:30pm

Location: La Finca del Sur Urban Farm. 138th Street and Grand Concourse, Bronx.

Cost: Free

Join us on a weed walk! We will identify plants that are pests, such as bindweed, as well as useful plants we often consider to be weeds. A weed is simply a plant out of place. 



City Chicken Institute BX: Care & Share

Wednesday, July 30th, 5:30 - 7:15pm 

Location: Paradise on Earth, 1106 Fox Street, Bronx

Cost: Free

Join a Just food and Bronx Chicks and learn about the health and wellness benefits of raising your own flock in an urban setting.  



GreenThumb Workshop: Beekeeping 101

Wednesday, July 30, 5:30-7pm

Location: St. John Cantius Parish, 474 New Jersey Ave, Brooklyn 

Cost: Free   

Join Gemma Garcia and GreenThumb for this basic beekeeping workshop. Learn how the hive is built and the basic things you need to know about keeping bees in your community garden. Learn about the life cycle of the bees, the different members of the bee family and the roles they play in the hive and gardens. You will also learn about the benefits of keeping bees in community gardens (aside from delicious honey) as well as the steps involved in getting trained as a beekeeper and starting a hive of your own. RSVP required.