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Join NYRP's Community Gardener Program

Become one of a growing number of cultivators, caretakers and champions of some of New York City’s most precious green plots. New York Restoration Project (NYRP) community gardeners come from many different neighborhoods and all walks of life, and are the driving force behind our organization’s efforts to sustain and promote the many environmental, social and economic benefits that our 52 gardens bring to communities throughout the five boroughs.

From managing your own garden plot to assisting with planting, tree watering and overall maintenance, there are lots of ways that you can get involved in community gardening with NYRP. Community Gardener Program participants open our gardens for public visitation and use, as well as contribute to environmental education programming for both children and adults. NYRP gardeners also help to organize and support a wide range of NYRP community festivals, events and other outreach activities that take place in our gardens. 

All NYRP community gardeners become involved and integral members not only of each garden’s unique “family,” but also have the chance to work with other NYRP gardeners and outreach staff in a citywide effort to beautify and better our streets and neighborhoods one block at a time. Each spring, NYRP’s expanding network of gardening enthusiasts comes together at the organization’s Spring Gardeners Gathering to discuss best practices, learn about NYRP resources and share experiences and information. Then – throughout the spring, summer and fall – NYRP presents a series of garden workshops, lectures and information sharing covering a variety of gardening techniques, ecological practices and environmental trends at several of our community gardens located throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Finally, we re-convene at NYRP’s Fall Gardeners Gatheringto celebrate our harvests with one another – as attendees prepare and share their finest culinary creations made with vegetables, fruits and herbs grown in NYRP community gardens during the summer and fall. 

Now serving more than 1,000 gardeners working in 52 community gardens citywide, NYRP continues to create programs to support a growing and diverse community of gardeners. So, sign up today and get into an NYRP garden – where just a few hours a month can be a truly rewarding, relaxing and fun way to re-connect with nature in your neighborhood and contribute to the health, well-bring and sustainability of New York City.

Click here to become an NYRP Community Gardener.