Our mission? A garden in every New York City public school.
Grow to Learn NYC: The Citywide School Garden Initiative was established by The Mayor's Fund and GrowNYC to inspire, facilitate and promote the creation of a sustainable school garden in each and every public school across New York City. Grow to Learn supports gardens that are responsive to each individual school’s vision, and transformative for student learning in the classroom, the cafeteria, and beyond.
How we do it: Together with The Mayor's Fund to Advance NYC, GrowNYC, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation's GreenThumb division, and Department of Education's Office of SchoolFood, Grow to Learn provides:
Funding twice a year in the form of Mini-Grants of $500-$2,000
Materials for free, such as: seeds, seedlings, soil, lumber, compost, mulch, and tools for registered schools
Technical Help through skill-building workshops; garden office hours; one-on-one support at site visits, on the phone, and via email
A Citywide Network that makes the scale of New York City manageable by bringing together parternships and resources into one convenient, central location for school gardeners
And Advocacy to create citywide support and value for school gardens
In short, Grow to Learn ensures that every public school has access to the information and support needed to create and maintain a successful garden.