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Community Organizing/Fundraising

Citizens Committee for New York City
Technical assistance and training sessions available to help make your community group work better. Cash awards up to $350 for local beautification projects provided through Mollie Parnis “Dress Up Your Neighborhood” contest. Also provides grants through Neighborhood Environmental Action Program and Building Block Awards.

Earth Celebrations
http://www.earthcelebrations.com/
An artists’ collective from the Lower East Side working to support and preserve gardens through art and community action. Includes nice section highlighting Lower East Side gardens.

Green Guerillas
An organization provides a unique mix of education, organizing, and advocacy to help people cultivate community gardens, sustain grassroots groups and coalitions, engage youth, paint colorful murals, and address issues critical to the future of their gardens.

ioby
ioby connects donors and volunteers to environmental projects in their neighborhoods to inspire new environmental knowledge and action in New York City.

Just Food
Fosters urban agriculture and provides food access to those most in need. Check out their market–gardening initiative, the City Farms project.

La Familia Verde
La Familia Verde is a coalition of community gardens in the Crotona, East Tremont, and West Farms neighborhoods in the Bronx. Formed in 1998, its mission is to sustain the environment and culture of our neighborhood through education, community service, and horticulture.

New York City Community Garden Coalition
NYCCGC’s mission is to promote the preservation, creation, and empowerment of community gardens through education, advocacy, and grassroots organizing.

NYCLeaves
NYCLeaves is a volunteer–run, neighborhood–based coalition of gardeners and greening partners who are harvesting residential leaves.

Partnerships for Parks
Encourages community support and involvement in New York City’s Parks. Helps to strengthen, support, and start neighborhood park groups.

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Greening Partners

Bronx Green–Up
The community outreach program of The New York Botanical Garden, provides horticultural advice, technical assistance, and training to community gardeners, school groups, and other organizations interested in improving urban neighborhoods in the Bronx through greening projects.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Gardening tips, tours, resources, and workshops.

Brooklyn Queens Land Trust
Information about the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust, calendar of events and meetings, and a list of all BQLT gardens with their location and history.

Community Gardening blog
Lenny Librizzi’s, of GrowNYC, blog on community garden. Great all around resource with events, links tutorials and more.

Cornell Waste Management System – Cornell University
CWMI is a program in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. CWMI serves the public through research, outreach, training, and technical assistance, with a focus on organic residuals.

East Village Parks Conservancy
The East Village Parks Conservancy is a not–for–profit, community–based organization of volunteers who are committed to the care, restoration and expansion of East Village public parkland.

Flatbush Gardener
Adventures in Neo–Victorian, Wild, Shade, Organic and Native Plant Gardening, Garden Design, and Garden Restoration.

Garden Maps
Community gardens provide flowers, food, education, social benefits, and much more. Created to provide New York residents and community developers with more information about the activities and features of each community garden, this GardenMaps charts out the results of a 2009–2010 survey by Mara Gittleman and Lenny Librizzi to support the work of GrowNYC and GreenThumb.

Green Guerillas
An organization provides a unique mix of education, organizing, and advocacy to help people cultivate community gardens, sustain grassroots groups and coalitions, engage youth, paint colorful murals, and address issues critical to the future of their gardens.

GrowNYC
This organization reaches out to the public with environmental education, waste prevention and recycling, Open Space Greening, Greenmarket, and other programs.

Grow to Learn
The Citywide School Gardens Initiative was established in 2010 as a public–private partnership between the Mayor’s Fund, GrowNYC, and several government agency partners. They provide information and programs including online registration.

Just Food
Fosters urban agriculture and provides food access to those most in need. Check out their market–gardening initiative, the City Farms project.

La Familia Verde
La Familia Verde is a coalition of community gardens in the Crotona, East Tremont, and West Farms neighborhoods in the Bronx. Formed in 1998, its mission is to sustain the environment and culture of our neighborhood through education, community service, and horticulture.

New York Botanical Garden Education, events, workshops, and more.

New York Restoration Project
Good land trust resource. See their timely, informative newsletter.

New York City Community Garden Coalition
NYCCGC’s mission is to promote the preservation, creation, and empowerment of community gardens through education, advocacy, and grassroots organizing.

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
The official website of the Parks Department. Apply for permits online, find out about events, get the latest news, see interactive maps, read histories of your local park, and more.

NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
Citywide network that links grassroots organizations, low–income neighborhoods, and communities of color in the struggle against environmental racism.

Trees New York
Trees New York (TNY) is an environmental and urban forestry nonprofit organization. Their mission is to plant, preserve and protect New York City’s neighborhood trees through education, active citizen participation and advocacy.

Treebranch Network
Neighborhood Open Space Coalition’s Hub for the NYC Urban Environment.

Trust For Public Land
This national organization works to protect open spaces via land trusts. Some GreenThumb gardens are under their jurisdiction, so see what they’re all about.

Water Resources Group
The Water Resources Group is a coalition of NYC greening and community garden groups that installs rainwater harvesting systems in gardens across the city to conserve water and prevent pollution.

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Horticulture

American Horticultural Society
http://www.ahs.org/
One of the oldest national gardening organizations in the country, with great resources and links.

Bronx Green–Up
The community outreach program of The New York Botanical Garden, provides horticultural advice, technical assistance, and training to community gardeners, school groups, and other organizations interested in improving urban neighborhoods in the Bronx through greening projects.

Green Bytes The Journal of The Horticultural Society of New York.

Greenbelt Native Plant Nursery
Division of the Department of Parks & Recreation, they provide locally appropriate seed and plants, offer guidance in planning projects, and invite you to explore their services and resources.

Horticultural Society of New York
Provices services and programs grounded in the vitality of horticulture.

The NYC Compost Project
The NYC Department of Sanitation’s site has info about compost givebacks and compost deliveries. Also a good composting resource.

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Vendors

Collected Seed
Collected Seed Farm was established in response to the need for secure and affordable access to fresh, sustainably–grown food in the Mid–Hudson Valley/Catskill region.

Fedco Seeds
provides cold–hardy varieties shipped in season, and gardening supplies year–round.

Gardens Alive
Online catalog for ordering natural pest controls, garden supplies, and more.

Gardener’s Supply Company
Mail order and online store that sells everything from seed starting supplies and garden furniture to flower supports and garden carts.

High Mowing Organic Seeds
Independently owned and specializes in organic seeds.

Hudson Valley Seed Library
Accessible and affordable source of regionally–adapted seeds that is maintained by a community of caring farmers and gardeners.

Johnny’s Seeds
A privately held, employee–owned seed producer and merchant headquartered in Winslow, Maine.

Organic Gardening
The online version of the magazine–everything you need to know about growing a great garden!

Seeds of Change
Quality, non–genetically modified seeds.

Seed Savers Exchange
A non–profit, 501(c)(3), member supported organization that saves and shares the heirloom seeds of our garden heritage, forming a living legacy that can be passed down through generations.

Victory Seeds
Heirloom seed resource. Check out these flavorful, tried–and–true varieties.

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Urban Agriculture

Added Value
A nonprofit organization promoting the sustainable development of Red Hook by nurturing a new generation of young leaders. They work towards this goal by creating opportunities for the youth of South Brooklyn to expand their knowledge base, develop new skills, and positively engage with their community through the operation of a socially responsible urban farming enterprise.

Battery Urban Farm (The Battery Conservancy)
Battery Urban Farm is a one-acre learning farm in a public park that offers on-site farm education opportunities. Student farmers of all ages get their hands in soil and learn about growing (and eating!) great food -- from seed to plant to plate, and back to soil. Opportunities include regular classes, field trips, weekly volunteer hours, community events and a Farm Education Apprenticeship.

bk farmyards
bk farmyards is a Brooklyn based decentralized farming business providing local food distribution to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and provide green jobs.

City Farming Meet–Up Group
Find out about upcoming workshops and events, post on a discussion board, and answer each others’ questions about farming in NYC.

Farm School
Farm School NYC will offer comprehensive training in all aspects of urban agriculture through a two–year certificate program and a wide range of individual courses.

Farming Concrete
A project to measure how much food is grown in New York City’s community gardens and community–oriented urban farms and to assign the total volume a monetary value.

Just Food
Fosters urban agriculture and provides food access to those most in need. Check out their market–gardening initiative, the City Farms project.

WhyHunger
Building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self–reliance and community empowerment.

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Garden Websites

6/15 Green
6BC Botanical Garden
6th & B Garden
9th Street Community Garden (Email)
11 BC Community Garden
Brooklyn Bears Community Gardens
Carrie McCracken TRUCE Community Garden
Clifton Place Memorial Garden & Park
Clinton Community Garden
Creative Little Garden
El Sitio Feliz/ Union Settlement Assoc.
Greene Acres Community Garden
Hattie Carthan Community Garden
Hollenback Community Garden
JFK High School – Enchanted Garden
La Familia Verde
La Plaza Cultural
LaGuardia Corner Gardens
Liz Christy Garden
M’finda Kalunga Garden
Padre Plaza Success Garden
Red Shed Garden
The Riverside–Inwood Neighborhood Garden (RING)
Summit Street Garden
Temple of David Community Garden
Two Coves Community Garden
West 104th Street Community Garden
Woodbine Street Block Association Garden