Sponsors & Donors
Grow to Learn NYC, the Citywide School Gardens Initiative is made possible in part through the generous support of our sponsors. To learn more about each organization, just click their logo to visit their site.
Green Mountain Energy Company
Green Mountain Energy Company generously pledged $50,000 to support Grow to Learn NYC's Mini-Grant Program. These grants of $500-2,000 will help start and enhance learning garden programs at New York City public and charter schools.
Green Mountain Energy Company’s generous contribution encourages New Yorkers to green their energy while providing essential funds to purchase materials and supplies needed for children and teachers across the five boroughs to dig in and get growing.
Thank you Green Mountain Energy Company!
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Generous support of $100,000 from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is ensuring that New York City’s most underserved communities have access to the resources and services needed to create meaningful and sustainable school garden programs. The funding has allowed Grow to Learn to hire a School Gardens Community Liaison to worked directly with schools in NYC’s high need areas as well as to sponsor mini-grants earmarked specifically for the schools in these communities.
This targeted outreach and support has increased the number of school gardens in these Harlem, South Bronx and Central Brooklyn neighborhoods by an impressive 47% which means thousands more children now have access to living learning labs, nutrition education and experiential hands-on education to help stem the tide of diet related disease and level the playing field so that all NYC youth have opportunities to learn and grow.
Thank You Doris Duke Charitable Foundation!
Bank of America
Bank of America has generously provided $125,000 to fund Grow to Learn NYC's Mini-Grant Program. These grants will provide funds for start-up and existing school gardens and will be awarded over two years in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,000. Register Your School Garden or school garden plan with Grow to Learn NYC to apply for a grant.
In a 2009 survey of schools conducted by the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, lack of funding was cited as the number one reason that school gardens fail to exist or thrive. Bank of America’s generous contribution will make school gardens feasible by providing funds for the Mini-Grant Program that will enable New York City public schools to purchase materials and supplies to help create and sustain school gardens.
Thank you Bank of America!
The NYC School Gardens Initiative was launched in part with generous support from Rachael Ray's Yum-o! organization. Yum-o! is a nonprofit organization that empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids, and funding cooking education and scholarships. In fact some of her great tips for Cooking with Kids can be found on this site.
Yum-o!'s grant funds are supporting dedicated staff at the Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Education to collaborate and coordinate with non-profit and government partners and help connect school gardening and lunch menus through educational activities and events. This support is critical in ensuring the long-term success of New York City’s school gardens and the health and well-being of New York City’s children.
Thank you Rachael Ray and Yum-o!
The Mario Batali Foundation was established to feed, protect, educate and empower children, encouraging them to dream big while providing them with the necessary tools to become an active force for change in today's world. In an effort to do so, the MBF strives to ensure all children are well read, well fed and well cared for.
Grow to Learn NYC, the Citywide School Gardens Initiative is grateful for the generous support of the Mario Batali Foundation. This support has helped to create this website and is making possible our mission of a garden in every public school in New York City.
Thank you Mario Batali and the Foundation!
The GrowToLearn School Garden Initiative website is powered by Creator2.0 - a Content, Community and Context Management System. It serves the Community Driven Publishing Workflow and facilitates collaborative content creation in team environments. Creator2.0 also provides an extremely flexible creative framework as showcased here on growtolearn.org and a whole lot more. Creator2.0 was the perfect fit for laying the technological seeds for this online community - promoting health awareness to a critical audience by offering collaboration, sharing, and participation.
Thank you MRM!