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City Growers, Brooklyn Grange's non-profit sister organization, hosts educational visits for youth at Brooklyn Grange's rooftop farms. Image © Brooklyn Grange,
City Growers, Brooklyn Grange's non-profit sister organization, hosts educational visits for youth at Brooklyn Grange's rooftop farms. Image © Brooklyn Grange,

Community Gardens

GreenThumb the community gardening program of NYC Parks, has been supporting community gardens and farms across New York City since 1978 with technical assistance, workshops, programming and material support.  Currently supporting over 550 community gardens and 20,000 volunteer community gardeners, GreenThumb is ready to help you with your community-focused urban agriculture project.   

Farms at NYCHA

Farms at NYCHA is part of Building Healthy Communities, a city-wide partnership designed to improve health outcomes in 12 neighborhoods in New York City. Through the initiative, young public housing residents are building and maintaining farms on public housing properties across the city to serve fellow residents, with local partners. The Farms expand healthy food access, provide youth workforce and leadership development, and promote sustainable and connected public housing communities

Visit Farms at NYCHA

Commercial Farming

For information about opening an urban agriculture business in New York City, visit the Urban Agriculture Guide on the NYC Business Portal. This guide includes tips on creating a business plan, registering and financing your business, finding and planning your space, hiring a team, preparing to open, and operating your business.

The NYC Zoning Resolution regulates and establishes limits on the use of land and buildings size, shape, height, and setbacks. Zoning allows agriculture everywhere in the city except C7 district, which are specifically designated for large open amusement parks, and are mapped only in a few locations citywide.

For up-to-date information about zoning and related information for New York City, visit ZoLa, the Department of City Planning’s web-based zoning and land use application.

Cornell Cooperative Extension's Urban Agriculture Program provides support for farmers in all five boroughs of New York City. With an emphasis on growing for market, the program serves urban farmers through educational programming, technical assistance, and research. The program areas include production, marketing, regulations, food safety, and urban agriculture's social and environmental impacts. Visit the program’s website or on Instagram for more information.

Food Policy

The NYC Office of the Director of Food Policy works to advance the City’s efforts to increase food security, promote access to and awareness of healthy food, and support economic opportunities and environmental sustainability in the food system.

School Gardens

Grow to Learn is New York City’s multi-stakeholder school garden initiative to provide opportunities for public school students to get their hands into the soil – and learn and grow. There are now more than 725 school gardens registered with the program.

Organics Collection Services

One third of what New Yorkers throw away is yard waste and food scraps, also known as organics. The NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) now provides organics collection services to help reduce waste and create soil or renewable energy. Learn more about the organics collection program from the DSNY Food Scraps and Yard Waste webpage.