Gardens for Healthy Communities
Applications due November 15, 2013
By GreenThumb and the Mayor’s Office Obesity Task Force Initiative
Community gardening is a way to improve access to healthy and fresh food, enhance residents’ health and quality of life and connect people to where their food comes from.
The Mayor’s Obesity Task Force was convened in January 2012 to combat the obesity epidemic, which is a leading cause of preventable deaths in NYC second only to tobacco. In May of 2012, the Mayor’s Obesity Task Force report was issued, identifying 26 initiatives to address obesity. Initiative
#15 is to create 20 new community garden sites via the Parks Department’s GreenThumb program. Of those 20 sites there are still 7 available that volunteer groups are welcome for.
The Gardens for Healthy Communities site applications will be evaluated by a panel of community gardening and greening experts including staff from GreenThumb, Community Assistance Unit, Citizens Committee for NYC, GrowNYC, Just Food, and The New York City Community Garden Coalition. Based on an agreed upon selection criteria, groups will be chosen to take the lead in operating new community managed urban agriculture sites. Wherever possible, groups applying for the same sites will be awarded joint management for the site. GreenThumb believes in collaboration, and that the more community members involved, the better chance a site has for long term success. These sites will be licensed by the Parks Department for four year terms via the GreenThumb program. All the standard rules of operation for GreenThumb gardens regarding public access, open hours and membership will apply. (Please review the Gardener's Handbook below)
For more information on the application process for Gardens for Healthy Communities please see below:
Applications are accepted from groups throughout New York City. Groups may be long-standing, newly established or in the process of forming, and are not required to have non-profit or 501(c)(3) status.
The table below shows the maximum amount of points allocated to each section of the application.
Evaluation Criteria (Points)
Community Benefit from Garden (40)
Community Engagement (25)
Proposed Measurement of Success (15)
Sustainability of Garden (20)
Successful applicants will receive project-planning assistance, skills-building workshops, materials and supplies from GreenThumb in order to transform these vacant sites into Gardens for Healthy Communities. GreenThumb support may also include construction materials for raised beds, rainwater harvesting systems, participatory design workshops and training and assistance in setting up fresh food farmers markets at the garden site.
Applications are to be submitted by November, 15, 2013 in the following ways: scanned and emailed to email@example.com; faxed to (212) 788-8052; mailed to/dropped off at GreenThumb, 49 Chambers Street, Room 1020, New York, New York 10007.
- Download Gardens for Healthy Communities site list (updated 6.10.13) (PDF, 77 KB)
- Download GreenThumb Gardener's Handbook 2013 (PDF, 982 KB)
- Download Gardens for Healthy Communities Application 2013 (PDF, 77 KB)
- Download Gardens for Healthy Communities Site Map (PDF, 56 KB)